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Asia Pacific Economics

Are the “Asian Tigers” hamstrung by hidden flaws?

Despite years of high economic growth, Asia faces serious challenges, which will push many key Asian nations towards instability.

Security South and Central Asia

Terrorism in Southeast Asia: Singapore in the crosshairs?

Singapore is a potential target for transnational militant groups from neighboring countries, insider threats, and returning foreign fighters to the region.

Asia Pacific Economics

Can Russia ride China’s trade lead in Southeast Asia?

China immediately seized upon President-Elect Trump’s victory to offer its proposed Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) as an alternative to the TPP. Russia backing the proposal signals a call for a

Asia Pacific Economics Under The Radar

Under the Radar: Singapore latest to be punished by China’s opportunism

China’s seizure of Singapore’s military assets is part of a larger effort to punish neighbours for geo-political faux pas and cozy relations with the U.S.

Asia Pacific Economics

ASEAN faces banking union problems

While the ASEAN Banking Integration Framework (ABIF) shows great promise, the insistence on sticking to the so-called “ASEAN Way” threatens to undermine it.

Asia Pacific Security

Southeast Asia forges fresh approaches to combat Islamic State

The Islamic State is expanding its presence in Southeast Asia. However, local governments are developing new approaches to combat terrorism.

Asia Pacific Natural resources and energy

How Asia’s dead are causing instability

Asia’s aging populations, lack of burial space, religious preferences, and environmental concerns are causing problems in Singapore, Hong Kong, and beyond.

Economics Sub-Saharan Africa

Mauritius Island’s economy on the rise for 2016

As the tourism industry provides large windows of opportunity for economic growth for islands, Mauritius has set a precedent for other small countries to follow in 2016. Mauritius Island has

Asia Pacific Politics

Singapore at the center of the Pacific chessboard

The current Russo-Turkish standoff has echoes in the Crimean War and is also a harbinger of Singapore’s role in the Asia-Pacific. Recently, tensions have increased between Russia and Turkey due