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Politics

Over Two Decades After His Downfall, Malaysia’s Man-in-a-Hurry Finally Arrives

Thursday, December 1, 2022

Journalist Salil Tripathi reflects on Anwar Ibrahim, the firebrand turned reformist politician, and his long and arduous journey to become prime minister of Malaysia

Politics

Anwar Ibrahim’s Reformasi Challenge: Tackling Malaysia’s Money Politics

Wednesday, November 30, 2022

The new Malaysian government has an uphill battle against political corruption and cronyism, write Universiti Malaya's Khairul Saidah Abas Azmi and Rozaimah Zainudin

Geopolitics

The Indo-Pacific Economic Framework and ASEAN: Washington’s Hopes and Hanoi’s Wishes

Thursday, June 23, 2022

ASEAN members may find the IPEF an attractive platform for advancing economic engagement with the US.

Technology

Covid-19 and Digitalization in Southeast Asia: A Crisis Within a Crisis

Thursday, June 2, 2022

Leaders have focused on short-term needs and benefits without addressing long-term implications.

Money

Can Digitalization Help Asia Finally Solve its Financial Inclusion Challenge?

Thursday, May 19, 2022

Financial technology applications need to go beyond payments systems to provide a wide array of services, from lending to insurance, to new and existing banking customers

Population & Society

Uncovering Audit Deception: Countering Hidden Social Compliance Violations

Thursday, March 10, 2022

Transparentem's investigations into human rights abuses in economies in Asia, and recommendations for how to reform the social auditing industry.

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.

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.

Environment

Unhealthy Air and Plastic Waste: The Nexus of Pollution, Public Health and Corruption

Thursday, August 20, 2020

In Southeast Asia, rampant corruption has fueled an illegal trade in plastic waste, a source of much pollution through dumping, leaching and burning.

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.