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Geopolitics

Digital Trade in the Indo-Pacific: A New Flashpoint in the US-China Rivalry

Thursday, November 25, 2021

Washington hopes such a deal would be a powerful counterweight to China’s efforts to impose its own digital standards in the region.

Economy

The OECD Has Brokered a Global Tax Agreement – Should Asian Countries Care?

Thursday, October 28, 2021

Why did the announcement of the OECD's ground-breaking global minimum tax proposal have little effect on markets?

Geopolitics

AUKUS and the Challenge of Asserting ASEAN Centrality in the Indo-Pacific

Thursday, September 30, 2021

ASEAN has been put in an increasingly difficult position if it is to preserve its neutrality, assert its much-prized centrality in the region, and maintain cohesion.

Geopolitics

Russia’s Greater Eurasian Partnership Strategy: Aims and Prospects

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Disruptions and disputes among the major powers with interests in the region should not hinder deeper cooperation if all players focus on trade and investment.

Inclusiveness

Prioritizing Women’s Economic Security in Southeast Asia

Thursday, September 23, 2021

This is especially pertinent in this time of economic hardship for many women in the region.

Politics

Indonesia’s Struggle to Balance Growth and Social Equity

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Standing in the way are historical and systemic obstacles, not least corruption and environmental decay.

Politics

Do You Hear the People Tweet?: The Role of Social Media in Indonesia’s Foreign Policy

Thursday, September 2, 2021

Are Indonesia’s diplomats in danger of being influenced by those who shout loudest on Twitter and Facebook?

Politics

Crisis Leadership Tested: Indonesia’s Response to a Covid-19 Second Wave

Thursday, July 15, 2021

The country may be better served if President Joko Widodo signals a commitment to democracy by not running for a third term.

Economy

Past is Prologue: Indonesia’s Foreign Debt and the Pandemic

Thursday, June 10, 2021

The concern should not be about the level of debt but about how the country deploys the financing and whether it is able to implement further structural reforms.

Geopolitics

The Belt and Road and the Pandemic: Impact on Southeast Asia Amid the US-China Rivalry

Thursday, March 25, 2021

Beijing is now seeking to turn the tide in its favor through fresh narratives centering on China’s goodwill in providing public goods for international cooperation.

Geopolitics

Biden’s Indo-Pacific: The Good, the Bad – and the Unwieldy

Thursday, March 18, 2021

The pitfalls of a US Indo-Pacific strategy

Geopolitics

An Asian Century Is A Long Way Off

Thursday, March 4, 2021

Asia's economies cannot sustain high growth forever, social tensions are increasing and ageing government leaders lack the capacity to cope with critical challenges.

Technology

What is Missing from the Debate on Technology in Southeast Asia

Thursday, January 14, 2021

For the ASEAN community as a whole to benefit from technology, economics should not be the sole determining driver.

Geopolitics

Is Viral Sovereignty the Antidote to Vaccine Nationalism?

Thursday, October 15, 2020

A new dangerous kind of nationalism amalgamating underlying global challenges is on the rise: vaccine nationalism.

Geopolitics

The China-US Rivalry and the Pandemic: Challenges to ASEAN Neutrality

Thursday, August 27, 2020

The push-and-pull between China and the US is applying more and more pressure on ASEAN neutrality. Can ASEAN maintain its centrality?

Environment

Palm Oil: A Case for Conciliation over Confrontation

Thursday, August 20, 2020

Europe might have done better to conduct a more informal, consultative approach involving all stakeholders instead of a unilateral ban on palm oil imports.

Economy

Two Decades On, ASEAN’s Fragile Safety Net is Untested

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

The purpose of the Chiang Mai Initiative should be renewed and deploying it would be a step towards ASEAN regional financial integration.

Environment

Air Pollution and Covid-19 Mortality: Considerations for Southeast Asia

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Acute respiratory distress syndrome, which has long been linked to polluted air, has been a major cause of Covid-19-related deaths.