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Economics South and Central Asia

What to expect in Southeast Asia in 2016

2016 will be an interesting year for Southeast Asia, as the region braces for changes in government (or none at all), implements the ASEAN economy community, and prepares for volatility

Finance International

Impacts of the yuan’s inclusion in the SDR currency basket

The IMF has now recognized the yuan as a global reserve currency but is the move largely symbolic? Last week, the IMF announced that the yuan (also called the renminbi)

Asia Pacific Economics

Shared challenges key to Indonesia-Malaysia cooperation

Indonesia and Malaysia’s post-decolonization relations have been consistently afflicted by political disputes and tension, despite their close proximity and similar historical and linguistic features. As the political and economic dynamics

Asia Pacific Natural resources and energy

The economic impact of climate change in Southeast Asia

Southeast Asia is expected to face the worst effects of global warming in the next 30 to 50 years. This will have a significant impact on regional economies and livelihoods.

Asia Pacific Politics

Timor-Leste bids for ASEAN membership

As Timor-Leste manoeuvres obstacles to ASEAN membership, we consider what the expected benefits of being ASEAN’s newest member will be, and whether these may come with potential costs. Timor-Leste, the

Asia Pacific Technology and infrastructure

China’s railway diplomacy: Benefits and challenges

While the outcome of the recent high-prized Indonesian railway deal is a huge success for China’s railway diplomacy, both countries will have to tackle safety and transparency issues. China has

Asia Pacific Economics

Southeast Asia at forefront of global infrastructure boom

Southeast Asia regional markets are at the forefront the global construction boom, and will need to do everything they can to enable investment. Recognizing the importance of infrastructure spending on

Asia Pacific Economics

Five Risks to ASEAN Growth

Last week, the Asian Development Bank downgraded the 2015/2016 growth rate forecasts for most ASEAN countries, and the region as a whole. The latest revised figures revel some of the

Asia Pacific Politics

Indonesia’s haze crisis fuels Southeast Asian quarrel

Southeast Asian countries have called on the Indonesian government to do more to stop the haze crisis. This has strained relationships, in addition to having a significant impact on regional

Asia Pacific Economics

Indonesia policy package met with skepticism

Indonesian President Joko Widodo has rolled out the first of three policy packages aimed at deregulating the economy. The policies have been met with skepticism, however, as Widodo’s administration has