Environment

Outlook 2021: ASEAN under Brunei’s Chairmanship

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

Outlook 2021: Fossil Fuels

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Will 2021 be looked back on as a turning point in the global pivot toward renewable energy sources?

Outlook 2021: The Year in Drought

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Tracking the most vulnerable and food-insecure regions in the year ahead.

How Small States Are Setting the Bar in the Fight against COVID-19

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Small states seem better equipped to fight COVID-19 by design.

A New EU Deal for the Balkans: Time to Remake the Anteroom

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The EU should stop taking its influence in the Western Balkans for granted and re-commit to economic engagement with the region.

Timeline: The Downward Spiral of China-Australia Relations

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Chronicling the events that led to the present low point in China-Australia relations.

Brexit Talks Come Down to the Wire

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Johnson and von der Leyen are meeting for last-minute talks as Brexit approaches the endgame.

Backgrounder: The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP)

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In the RCEP trade agreement, governments across Asia have charted an economic future for themselves – one that excludes the United States.

Water Scarcity Monitor: Saudi Arabia, Spain, and Chile

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Examining three of the most water-stressed countries in the world according to the World Resources Institute (WRI)

China’s Foreign Policy Adrift upon Rivers of Sand

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To understand China’s foreign policy toward India and bordering ASEAN countries, one must understand its national water crisis.

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