Duterte’s Legacy: Authenticity, War On Drugs

A great deal of media attention both locally and internationally has been paid not only to President Rodrigo Duterte’s colourful, blunt, and impassioned statements but to his controversial “war on illegal drugs”. However, despite Duterte’s baffling and bamboozling personality, he no doubt has successfully won the hearts and minds of Filipinos, not necessarily because his presidency has been near perfect, but because Filipinos have faith that he possesses critical leadership and authe

7 November 2021

Prioritise The Youth For A Greener Economy In ASEAN

As the world witnessed 200 leaders gathered in Glasgow, United Kingdom for COP26, there is a cautious hope that the world leaders will develop a path towards implementing the 2015 Paris Agreement, towards reduced emissions and the decarbonised planet, and among others; Green Economy. A green economy, by definition, is a low carbon, resource-efficient and socially inclusive economy.

6 November 2021

Why COP26 Will Fail

The United Nations (UN) Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow might conclude with a big international agreement. But whatever tactical successes are achieved at COP26, the results are likely to mark a strategic setback for humanity – at least when compared to the hopes of climate activists. The world is missing target after target.

3 November 2021

Will This COP Be Different?

As world leaders gather at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow, there is tremendous ebullience about the potential of green energy sources.

2 November 2021

Myanmar And ASEAN Diplomatic Standoff: Why?

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), convened for the 38th and 39th ASEAN Summits on 26 October 2021 under the Chairmanship of Brunei Darussalam with the theme “We Care, We Prepare, We Prosper.” The summits were chaired by His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah, Sultan, and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam. The three-day virtual gathering hosted by ASEAN was attended by United States (US) President Joe Biden, as well as Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, Russian Preside

31 October 2021

Democracy Before ESG

Amid growing concerns about climate change and social unrest, institutional investors are increasingly applying environmental, social, and governance criteria in their portfolio decisions.

30 October 2021

The G20's COVID Wake-Up Call

Epidemiologists tell us that COVID-19 was not a “black swan.” In our lifetime, there will be pandemics that are equally if not more severe. And when the next one comes, China, Singapore, and maybe Vietnam will be better prepared because they have learned from this terrible experience. Pretty much everyone else, including most of the G20, will be just as vulnerable as they were when COVID-19 hit. But how can that be?

26 October 2021

Duterte’s Legacy: Golden Age Of Infrastructure

Now that President Rodrigo Roa Duterte (PRRD) is at the tail end of his presidency, many would claim that his administration has been characterised by change and some remarkable accomplishments. Hence, most Filipinos are clamouring for a continuity of the Duterte legacy.

24 October 2021

Improving Efficiency Of Air Conditioners In ASEAN

The increasing amount of air conditioners (ACs) usage, particularly in emerging economies with hot climates, driven by the growing income and technological advancement, accumulates to the energy demand rise.

24 October 2021

China's Journey Into The Unknown

China watchers have grown ever more anxious as President Xi Jinping has concentrated power in his own hands, and as the Communist Party of China’s (CPC) leadership has become more coercive, both at home and abroad. The so-called trade war with the United States (US), deterioration in relations with many foreign governments, and the COVID-19 pandemic have had far-reaching consequences for China.

23 October 2021