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  • Global Health Security; Weaponising COVID-19: New Trend in Pandemic Era?0

    By Kenneth Yeo Yaoren and Iftekharul Bashar 13 April 2020 SYNOPSIS Extremist and terrorist networks of various denominations are trying to exploit the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak to pursue their objectives. Responding to security threats in an era of global pandemics will require better understanding of evolving trends.COMMENTARY THE COVID-19 pandemic has brought an unprecedented threat

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  • ISIS in the Maldives?0

    By Raffaello Pantucci and Mohammed Sinan Siyech 3 April 2020 SYNOPSIS The February 2020 stabbing of three tourists in the Maldives has raised the prospect of terror in paradise. There are numerous indicators to suggest a potential threat in the Maldives, but it remains unclear whether this incident was simply a one-off or the beginning

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  • China’s Artificial Islands in South China Sea: Extended Forward Presence0

    By Olli Pekka Suorsa 20 March 2020 SYNOPSIS China has expended significant resources in erecting seven artificial islands in the Spratlys, in the South China Sea. The real worth of these artificial islands may be in extending its coast guard and other paramilitary forces’ presence in the South China Sea. COMMENTARY MUCH HAS been written

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  • Global Health Security – COVID-19: Is the Humanitarian Sector Prepared?0

    By Lina Gong 12 March 2020 SYNOPSIS An outpouring of international humanitarian aid to China has alleviated the severe shortage of key medical supplies in its fight against an outbreak of COVID-19. This highlights the role humanitarian aid plays in managing the risk of pandemics. COMMENTARY THE SEVERE shortage of critical medical supplies was a

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  • ASEAN, Myanmar and the Rakhine Crisis: Two Years On0

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    • December 3, 2019

    By S. Nanthini 2 December 2019 SYNOPSIS In 2017 Myanmar established the Union Enterprise for Humanitarian Assistance, Resettlement and Development in Rakhine State (UEHRD) to facilitate peacebuilding. Two years on, peace remains elusive. What are the limits and possibilities of what ASEAN Member States can do? COMMENTARY ON 18 OCTOBER 2019, Myanmar celebrated the second

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  • Modi and the Indian Diaspora0

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    • November 29, 2019

    By Parama Sinha Palit 29 November 2019 SYNOPSIS The Indian diaspora, having an enormous strategic value, has been drawing a lot of attention – from both policymakers and academics alike. What are the leading factors fashioning India’s diasporic engagement over the last couple of years and what are the challenges ahead? COMMENTARY THE DIASPORA has

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  • China’s Quest for Stability: Images and Realities0

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    • November 12, 2019

    By P. S. Suryanarayana 12 November 2019 SYNOPSIS In pursuing proactive defence diplomacy, China has resorted to political messaging and pragmatic signalling. However, China can enhance this exercise by addressing some external security concerns about the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). COMMENTARY DEFENCE DIPLOMACY is a fine art that requires close coordination between the military

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  • Belt and Road Initiative: Why China Pursues It0

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    • October 31, 2019

    By Anu Anwar 31 October 2019 SYNOPSIS As BRI is now enshrined in the Communist Party Charter as Xi’s signature foreign policy initiative, a failure could undermine the legitimacy of the party itself. After spending billions of dollars abroad, failure could lead to a challenge of Xi’s authority. COMMENTARY ORIGINALLY ANNOUNCED by Chairman Xi Jinping

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  • India-Bangladesh Ties: Enduring Partnership?0

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    • October 22, 2019

    By Rajeev Ranjan Chaturvedy 22 October 2019 SYNOPSIS A four-day official visit on 3-6 October 2019 by Bangladesh’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to India offered an opportunity for the two countries to review their bilateral relationship and exchange notes on regional matters. What are the key takeaways from their robust engagement efforts? COMMENTARY IT IS

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  • Breaking Byte of Religious Extremism0

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    • September 5, 2019

    By Muhammad Faizal Abdul Rahman 5 September 2019 SYNOPSIS Contemporary societies exist in challenging times because of internal schisms and intra-state conflicts where religious extremism is a significant contributing factor, harming religious harmony and social cohesion. Singapore’s updating of the Maintenance of Religious Harmony Act will empower it to respond swiftly to threats on the

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  • Thucydides’ Trap: Caveat Emptor0

    By Steve Chan SYNOPSIS While Graham Allison’s power theory of Thucydides’ Trap is attractive and popular, an alternative perspective may be needed to explain some missing factors behind the relationships between emerging and rising powers. COMMENTARY THE ANCIENT Greek historian Thucydides is often remembered for his remark on the basic cause of the Peloponnesian War,

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  • India’s Kashmir Move: More Than Meets the Eye?0

    By P. S. Suryanarayana 19 August 2019 SYNOPSIS The reinvention of Jammu and Kashmir as an integral part of the Indian Union has received decisive parliamentary support at home but displeased segments within India and Pakistan. Moreover, the future of the India-China-Pakistan relationship is now at stake. COMMENTARY ON 6 AUGUST 2019, India’s Parliament nullified

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  • South India: The Islamist Connection0

    By Jasminder Singh 13 August 2019 SYNOPSIS Indian authorities have arrested several individuals with links to radical Islamist networks in the country’s south in recent months. Following the bomb attacks in neighbouring Sri Lanka, there have been fears of similar attacks in South India. COMMENTARY THE SERIES of deadly bomb attacks on Easter Sunday, allegedly

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  • ASEAN’s Indo-Pacific Dilemma: Where To From Here?0

    By Frederick Kliem 6 August 2019 SYNOPSIS ASEAN has now added to the ongoing Indo-Pacific debate. The question is, where to go from here? Is ASEAN’s Outlook an end in itself or a constructive roadmap for the future of regional cooperation? COMMENTARY AT THE just-concluded 34th ASEAN Summit in Bangkok, the regional bloc filled a

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