Reducing Asia’s Climate Weakness

Many parts of Asia seem to be emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic relatively well. But overcoming the public-health crisis is only one challenge the region faces.

15 February 2021

South China Sea: Wise To Provoke China?

In the post-Cold War era, the formation and the creation of regional groups like ASEAN and the European Union (EU) bears the promise of promoting not only regional bargaining economic power but as alternative mechanisms and structures in facilitating and consolidating regional peace, security, and stability within the territorial boundaries of these regional groupings and beyond. Regional blocs like ASEAN were established in an attempt to facilitate and promote regional collective pe

14 February 2021

Smart Cities In The Post COVID-19 Era

Cities are home to most of the world’s population and where problems and solutions meet. They are centres of economic growth and innovation. However, the high concentration of people and economic activities in cities make them most vulnerable to various disasters, epidemics and pandemics.  In several countries, the COVID-19 pandemic emerged in cities and spread to rural areas via peri-urban and transport corridors.

13 February 2021

Solving The COVID-19 Prison Dilemma

Few good things will come out of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has now killed more than 2.2 million people worldwide. But one possible silver lining could be serious prison reform – including in Malaysia. In September 2020, an initially small COVID-19 cluster, centred around the Lahad Datu police headquarters and Tawau prison on the island of Borneo, quickly exploded into the biggest cluster of Malaysia’s second COVID-19 wave, infecting 1,146 people.

12 February 2021

A Plague Year: What We Learnt

It is probably premature to offer an assessment of the COVID-19 pandemic’s possible consequences, not least because there may well be many more twists and turns to come. And once we defeat the coronavirus, some of the pandemic-induced changes to our lives might turn out to have been temporary.

11 February 2021

Myanmar Crisis: What Is ASEAN Doing?

Myanmar, once known as Burma during colonial times, is perhaps the most controversial member state in ASEAN today. What happened on 1 February, 2021, where the Tatmadaw or Myanmar’s military seized power in a coup against the elected government of Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, who was detained alongside some senior leaders of her National League for Democracy (NLD) party, is without a doubt a backlash and a major setback of the budding and nascent democratisation

10 February 2021

The COVID Revolution

In December 1862, in the throes of the American Civil War, which pitted the norms of slavery against the norms of freedom, United States (US) President Abraham Lincoln presented his emancipation plan to Congress. “The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present,” he declared. “The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion.

10 February 2021

Can Biden And Xi Cooperate?

I don’t know whether United States (US) President Joe Biden, Chinese President Xi Jinping, and their foreign-policy advisers have read Robert Axelrod’s classic book on international relations, The Evolution of Cooperation.

9 February 2021

Philippine China Relations Under Siege?

Several issues involving China and the Philippines had once again threatened the flourishing and warm bilateral relations between the two countries and these include: (a) the alleged harassment of a Filipino Fisherman by the Chinese Coast Guard; (b) the alleged intrusion of a Chinese survey ship which was reported as intruding Philippine maritime territory; (c) the seizure of a dredger off Bataan by the Philippine Coast Guard and the Bureau of Customs for illegal and unauthorised presence abo

7 February 2021

MCO 2.0: Malaysia Battling To Stay Alive

In the wake of the imposition of another movement control order (MCO 2.0) in Malaysia, manufacturing players, mid-tier companies (MTCs) and small-and-medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) have been galvanised to rally under Industries Unite as a broad coalition representing the interests of industries and businesses. In what’s a parallel “movement” on the public health front – where experts and medical professionals have been calling for a recalibration and fine-tuning of the COVID-19 cont

6 February 2021