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Gastrodiplomacy – Connecting Malaysians with the refugee diaspora

By Sujatha Spaapen Cuisine as a medium connecting the refugee diaspora with... Read More

Time for New Southern Policy to Deliver

To elevate the ASEAN-ROK relations beyond the level of summits and merely... Read More

Hallyu and the Creative Industry – Can ASEAN Replicate South Korea’s Success?

South Korea owes a portion of its robust soft power to the... Read More

ASEAN-ROK Cooperation Under the Green New Deal: Reducing Emissions and Air Pollution

The Green New Deal has the potential to diversify the focus of... Read More

Smart Cities: How Can ASEAN Keep in Step with Seoul?

As demand for the development of smart cities continues to build up,... Read More

New Southern Policy in G-Zero World

It is not the competition between superpowers as the concept of G2... Read More

Seoul-ASEAN-Pyongyang Pyramidal Cooperation

Considering Pyongyang’s relations with Seoul and Washington have deteriorated since 2019, ASEAN... Read More

YBhg. Encik Herizal Hazri appointed as Chief Executive of ISIS Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur, 30th September 2020 – The Institute of Strategic and International... Read More

A New Abnormal: Rethinking Security amid COVID-19

Will it be business as usual for security as countries across the... Read More

Navigating Through the Storm: What Does COVID-19 Mean for Indonesia’s Regional Agenda?

Indonesia is facing difficulties to suppress the number of COVID-19 infections due... Read More

Cambodia’s COVID-19 Responses: Preventive and Responsive Measures

Cambodia has been doing relatively well in its fight against the COVID-19... Read More

The Philippines and the “New Normal”

The struggle against COVID-19 in the Philippines is expected to be extended,... Read More

Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic in Laos

Like many countries around the world, Laos is grappling with the impact... Read More

Teaching in the Age of the “New Normal”

State-mandated closures of learning institutions have brought conventional learning to a halt... Read More

Repairing Fault Lines Revealed by COVID-19

While the COVID-19 pandemic has revealed fault lines in ASEAN integration and... Read More

Has the Pandemic Disrupted Vietnam’s Chairmanship of ASEAN?

COVID-19 has compelled Vietnam to recalibrate some of its agendas and priorities... Read More

Myanmar: The COVID-19 Situation Report

Some have criticised Myanmar for its perceived lack of preparedness in dealing... Read More

Thailand’s COVID-19 Crisis and Prospects

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Moving Beyond Non-tariff Barriers

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Critical Time to Develop Human Capital

Article by Sathish Govind which appeared in New Straits Times, November 15,... Read More

Non-debt Driven Growth Imperative

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Gastrodiplomacy – Connecting Malaysians with the refugee diaspora

05 December 2020
By Sujatha Spaapen Cuisine as a medium connecting the refugee diaspora with host communities seems farfetched. However, recent developments in the field of gastrodiplomacy show that culinary values can alleviate disputes, fostering cultural, economic and political relationships. Strengthening the relationships between these protracted communities highlights a country’s cultural values.  Prolonged conflicts over the last decade…

Time for New Southern Policy to Deliver

16 November 2020
To elevate the ASEAN-ROK relations beyond the level of summits and merely signing documents, concrete cooperation between ASEAN and South Korea in three areas should be considered – culture, human security and the management of the COVID-19 pandemic. BY SITI ATIQAH MOKHTER Since the announcement of the New Southern Policy (NSP) by the Moon Jae-in…

Hallyu and the Creative Industry – Can ASEAN Replicate South Korea’s Success?

16 November 2020
South Korea owes a portion of its robust soft power to the careful cultivation and development of its creative industries, which brought about the worldwide phenomenon Korean Wave or Hallyu. Can ASEAN learn from South Korea’s creative industries to boost its own soft power? BY FARLINA SAID, PUTERI NOR ARIANE YASMIN AND MUHAMMAD SINATRA 모든…

ASEAN-ROK Cooperation Under the Green New Deal: Reducing Emissions and Air Pollution

16 November 2020
The Green New Deal has the potential to diversify the focus of South Korea’s New Southern Policy by inserting the element of environment in a foreign policy that is thought to be too economic-centric. South Korea and ASEAN must consider greater cooperation in two areas under this element: eco-friendly vehicles and environmental governance. BY HELENA…

Smart Cities: How Can ASEAN Keep in Step with Seoul?

16 November 2020
As demand for the development of smart cities continues to build up, South Korea should be seriously considered as a partner in this endeavour. Although positive steps have been taken towards this direction, there are ways to further enhance the ASEAN-ROK partnership in this area. BY MOONYATI MOHD YATID AND HARRIS ZAINUL The Republic of…

New Southern Policy in G-Zero World

16 November 2020
It is not the competition between superpowers as the concept of G2 dictates. It is a G-Zero world, where the superpowers have failed to exercise leadership and every nation must fend for itself. In this scenario, small and middle powers must enter a coalition to fill the vacuum in global power politics. BY LEE JAEHYON…

Seoul-ASEAN-Pyongyang Pyramidal Cooperation

16 November 2020
Considering Pyongyang’s relations with Seoul and Washington have deteriorated since 2019, ASEAN could play a strategic role in integrating North Korea to the wider international community. BY GEETHA GOVINDASAMY Under the New Southern Policy (NSP), first declared by President Moon Jae-in in 2017, the Republic of Korea (ROK, hereafter South Korea) and Southeast Asian states…

YBhg. Encik Herizal Hazri appointed as Chief Executive of ISIS Malaysia

30 September 2020
Kuala Lumpur, 30th September 2020 – The Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS) Malaysia is pleased to announce that YBhg. Encik Herizal Hazri has been appointed as Chief Executive of ISIS Malaysia. ISIS Malaysia was established on 8 April 1983 as an autonomous research organisation. ISIS Malaysia has a diverse research focus, which includes foreign…

A New Abnormal: Rethinking Security amid COVID-19

26 May 2020
Will it be business as usual for security as countries across the globe continue to fight against COVID-19? What are the developments that have come to the fore, which necessitate a re-examination of domestic and regional security? BY ELINA NOOR The last time Asia had to battle a coronavirus epidemic was when the Severe Acute…

Navigating Through the Storm: What Does COVID-19 Mean for Indonesia’s Regional Agenda?

26 May 2020
Indonesia is facing difficulties to suppress the number of COVID-19 infections due to limited medical equipment, infrastructure and human resources. With a depressed state capacity on one hand and President Jokowi’s unique foreign policy outlook on the other, Indonesia might be forced to shift some of its international agendas as the pandemic rages on. BY…

Cambodia’s COVID-19 Responses: Preventive and Responsive Measures

26 May 2020
Cambodia has been doing relatively well in its fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. However, more regional and international cooperation is needed, especially since the struggle does not seem to be abating soon. BY CHARADINE PICH 13 February 2020 marked a historical humanitarian moment in the decision of the Cambodian government to allow the Westerdam ship…

The Philippines and the “New Normal”

26 May 2020
The struggle against COVID-19 in the Philippines is expected to be extended, with the peak of the pandemic yet to be reached. How then would the “new normal” influence the nation’s foreign policy? BY CHARMAINE MISALUCHA-WILLOUGHBY The existential threat that is the COVID-19 pandemic immediately rose to the top of the global security agenda. In…

Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic in Laos

26 May 2020
Like many countries around the world, Laos is grappling with the impact of this global pandemic. While an effective government response seems to have mitigated the worst of its public health consequences, significant socio-economic challenges remain in the long-run. BY EKTO VONGPHAKDY Since the outbreak of the disease in January 2020, COVID-19 has become the…

Teaching in the Age of the “New Normal”

26 May 2020
State-mandated closures of learning institutions have brought conventional learning to a halt in an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19. The need to ensure continuity of teaching and learning has propelled institutions of all levels of education to shift from brick-and-mortar classroom learning to virtual classes – but how will this affect universities at…

Repairing Fault Lines Revealed by COVID-19

26 May 2020
While the COVID-19 pandemic has revealed fault lines in ASEAN integration and cooperation, there have also been indications of permanent disruptions and new adjustments as we transition into the post-lockdown, post-pandemic world. This presents an opportunity for policymakers to re-evaluate and strengthen systems and institutions to be more resilient and better prepared for the future.…

Has the Pandemic Disrupted Vietnam’s Chairmanship of ASEAN?

26 May 2020
COVID-19 has compelled Vietnam to recalibrate some of its agendas and priorities as ASEAN Chair this year. What are the pressures faced by Vietnam and how has it responded to this challenge? BY NGUYEN VU TUNG The COVID-19 pandemic is testing Vietnam’s ability to lead ASEAN in 2020 as its Chair. In mid-November 2019, Hanoi…

Myanmar: The COVID-19 Situation Report

26 May 2020
Some have criticised Myanmar for its perceived lack of preparedness in dealing with the COVID-19 outbreak. But is this grounded in reality, and how effective are the current measures implemented by Naypyitaw? BY SHWE YEE OO The COVID-19 positive cases identified on 23 March in Myanmar alarmed the population – the nightmare they had wanted…

Thailand’s COVID-19 Crisis and Prospects

26 May 2020
Thailand has seen a lot in recent years – coups, curfews, demonstrations, violence in the streets and forced airport closures. But the second largest economy in ASEAN has encountered nothing like COVID-19, and its impact will be far reaching, beyond the immediate healthcare and economic concerns. BY THITINAN PONGSUDHIRAK From social distancing and heightened hygiene…
Moving Beyond Non-tariff Barriers

Moving Beyond Non-tariff Barriers

05 April 2017
THE Asean Economic Community (AEC) that was launched at the end of 2015 aims to create a single-market and production base with equitable development across its 10 member countries. It has taken strides in its economic cooperation by lowering trade and investment barriers, and harmonising rules and regulations and moving gradually towards delivering a single…
Critical Time to Develop Human Capital

Critical Time to Develop Human Capital

16 November 2016
Article by Sathish Govind which appeared in New Straits Times, November 15, 2016. Download
Non-debt Driven Growth Imperative

Non-debt Driven Growth Imperative

09 September 2016
Article by Sathish Govind which appeared in New Straits Times, September 8, 2016. Download
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