China’s Road to DEPA Is a Bumpy One

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The rewards to joining DEPA are clear, but any successful application will require tough domestic reforms.

Vaccine Shortages in Focus as COVID-19 Surges in Southeast Asia

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Tried and tested containment methods are failing against new COVID variants in Southeast Asia. It’s time for ASEAN to step in and overhaul the regional response.

Outlook 2021: ASEAN under Brunei’s Chairmanship


ASEAN represents one of the most dynamic and fastest-growing economic blocs in the world. What can we expect in 2021?

Singapore Charts a Middle Path Amid Worsening US-China Ties

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Singapore has always followed the middle path in its US and China relations, but with the advent of a new Cold War-esque bipolarity, that path is rapidly narrowing.

A Short History of the ASEAN Digital Future

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Digitization is the path through which ASEAN economies can realize their considerable economic potential.

Battle of the Seats: Developing Nations and International Arbitration Centers

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With new centers cropping up throughout the developing world, big changes are afoot for the international commercial arbitration sector.

Backgrounder: Malaysia’s Melaka Gateway


Don’t expect this Belt and Road port to unseat Singapore as Southeast Asia’s premier transportation hub anytime soon.

Fact Sheet: Kunming-Singapore High Speed Rail Network

Pan-Asia Railway Network

Linking ASEAN states together with a regional rail network is an old idea that has received new impetus with China’s One Belt One Road Initiative (OBOR).

Backgrounder: ASEAN and the South China Sea Dispute

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This backgrounder recounts the latest progress by ASEAN on the South China Sea dispute, and explores why consensus has been so elusive for the regional grouping.

Terrorism in Southeast Asia: Singapore in the Crosshairs?

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Though the city-state has not suffered a terrorist attack since the mid-1990s, there are several signs that the threat of terrorism is growing in Singapore.

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