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Politics South and Central Asia

2015: A critical year for Southeast Asia

Southeast Asia in 2015 saw deeper regional integration, infrastructure development is set to flourish, and historic elections were held in Myanmar. But the Thai Junta government has prolonged its grip

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.

Economics International

TPP deal reached: What we know so far

After 5 years of negotiations, the 12 nations which make up the TPP finally reached a deal in the early hours of Monday morning. While the text of the deal

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 Technology and infrastructure

Southeast Asia’s high speed rail network

A number of Southeast Asian countries are seeking to update their rail networks to high-speed lines. This is expected to significantly benefit state and regional economies. For some states, however,

Asia Pacific Politics

Start-ups poised to change politics in Singapore

As Singapore seeks new sources of growth, the micro-nation is positioning itself to become Asia’s start-up hub. By promoting outside-of-the-box thinking, Singapore could see political spillover as the government loosens

Asia Pacific Security

The rise of the Islamic State in Southeast Asia

Support for the Islamic State is increasing among Muslim extremists in Southeast Asia. Unless regional states cooperate to tackle extremism, this is likely to pose a significant future security threat.

Economics South and Central Asia

David Cameron Seeks Business Opportunities in Southeast Asia

Seeking to develop new business opportunities with a growing ASEAN market, David Cameron launched a trade delegation consisting of representatives from every region of the United Kingdom and is indicative

Asia Pacific Economics

Can the Philippines catch up with its neighbours?

Despite structural, governmental, and financial reforms, the Philippines is struggling to catch up with its neighbours. Will the country be able to achieve President Aquino’s dream of making the Philippines a top

International Politics The Week Ahead

Weekly Risk Outlook

US Senate considers trade promotion authority for President Obama. G7 energy ministers meet to discuss Iran framework deal. Obama meets with the GCC to work on regional cooperation. EU finance ministers