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  • The Idea Of Indo-Pacific: ASEAN Steps In0

    July 18, 2019 RSIS The ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific (AOIP) is an initial step towards formally incorporating ASEAN Centrality in the evolving Indo-Pacific concept. The AOIP has been much anticipated as different powers assert their conceptions of the Indo-Pacific region in which ASEAN claims a key role. What does this mean for sub-regional cooperation?

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  • Arakan Army: Myanmar’s New Front of Conflict0

    By Iftekharul Bashar 14 July 2019 SYNOPSIS The Arakan Army (AA) is a relatively new addition to conflict in western Myanmar, a region that has seen much unrest in recent years. Singapore’s 10 July 2019 announcement of the arrests of AA supporters raises questions about the outfit and its support among Rakhine Buddhists in confronting

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  • G-20’s Osaka Summit: What Putin Achieved0

    By Chris Cheang 3 July 2019 SYNOPSIS The G-20 Summit in Osaka on 28-29 June 2019 marked another step towards the gradual weakening of the West’s diplomatic isolation of Russia. COMMENTARY THE FOCUS of President Vladimir Putin’s attention at the recent G-20 Summit in Osaka was more on his meetings with major Western leaders like

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  • Tweaking BRI: What Southeast Asia Can Do0

    By Phidel Vineles 24 June 2019 SYNOPSIS As China seeks to improve the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in response to criticisms, Southeast Asia could tap growth opportunities by leveraging on the strengths of BRI-linked countries such as in finance, partnerships, negotiations and economic development. COMMENTARY SOUTHEAST ASIA is an important strategic partner in China’s

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  • CTTA: Counter Terrorist Trends and Analyses (June 2019); Building a Global Network for Security0

    18 June 2019 A Journal of the International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research We are pleased to release the June issue of the CTTA. Volume 11, Issue 6, June 2019 of the Counter Terrorist Trends and Analyses (CTTA) (ISSN 2382-6444) is available here.  Editorial Note   Current narratives on terrorism and violent extremism by

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  • US-China Trade War: Emerging Dilemmas0

    RSIS-WTO Parliamentarian Workshop US-China Trade War: Emerging Dilemmas By Su-Hyun Lee SYNOPSIS The US-China trade war has been rapidly escalating into an economic and political warfare between the two big powers. The fundamental transformation of US-China relations will reshape the global order and create economic and diplomatic dilemmas for many other countries. COMMENTARY THE TRUCE

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  • Sri Lankan Attacks and Inter-Communal Relations0

    13 May 2019 By Jude Lal Fernando and Paul Hedges SYNOPSIS The recent Sri Lankan attacks risk stigmatising the Muslim community in Sri Lanka while reshaping the fragile inter-communal relations in new ways. COMMENTARY SRI LANKA has had a turbulent history in recent centuries, especially over the last few decades. This has often been linked

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  • The Easter Sunday Attacks: Struggle for the Soul of Sri Lankan Muslims0

    By Kumar Ramakrishna 3 May 2019 SYNOPSIS The Sri Lankan government is banning the public wearing of the face-veil by some Muslim women as a security measure in the wake of the Easter Sunday attacks on churches and hotels claimed by ISIS. This is symptomatic of a deeper struggle: the battle to shape the soul

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  • China’s Digital Silk Road: The Integration of Myanmar0

    By Chan Jia Hao and Deepakshi Rawat 29 April 2019 SYNOPSIS Although relatively new to the information and communication technologies (ICT) field, Myanmar has made rapid progress in the technological domain in the past few years. This, coupled with the country’s unique geographical location between South Asia and Southeast Asia makes Myanmar an increasingly vital

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  • South Asian Militant Landscape in the Context of the Pulwama Attack and its Aftermath0

    CTTA: Counter Terrorist Trends and Analyses (April 2019) Building a Global Network for Security A Journal of the International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research We are pleased to release the April issue of the CTTA. Volume 11, Issue 4, April 2019 of the Counter Terrorist Trends and Analyses (CTTA) (ISSN 2382-6444) is available

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  • BRI as a Regional Enterprise: Headwinds in the Way?0

    By Christopher H Lim & Mok Sze Xin SYNOPSIS Strong political cooperation is the bedrock of BRI’s future success. Three headwinds − political discordance, trade uncertainty and technological disruption − stand in the way. As the proponent of win-win solutions, China should ensure BRI becomes a fulfilling regional enterprise for all parties. COMMENTARY MUCH HAS

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  • Why Balancing Towards China is not Effective: Understanding BRI’s Strategic Role0

    By T.V. Paul 19 March 2019 SYNOPSIS The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has usually been analysed for its economic and geopolitical importance. There is a third crucial function of BRI − the prevention of military as well as soft balancing coalitions against Beijing by smaller Asian states along with countries such as the US

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  • India-Pakistan Crisis: A New International Factor0

    By P S Suryanarayana 6 March 2019 SYNOPSIS India’s “counter-terrorism” strike inside Pakistan and their brief military exchanges have brought into focus China’s apparent stake in the stability of Indo-Pakistani relations. COMMENTARY WARLIKE HOSTILITIES broke out briefly between India and Pakistan, major South Asian neighbours, on 27 February 2019. The Indian Air Force had, on

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  • Sri Lanka’s Drug Scourge0

    By Amresh Gunasingham 4 March 2019 SYNOPSIS Sri Lanka’s recent move to bring back capital punishment for convicted drug offenders has put a spotlight on growing narcotics related crime in the country. The government’s apparent tough stance is in response to concerns that Sri Lanka is re-emerging as a transit hub for global drug trafficking

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