Indonesia’s new President Joko Widodo, popularly known as Jokowi, faces multiple challenges as he seeks to deliver on his electoral promises in a country where the provinces are increasingly powerful, communal identity growing and parliament dominated by the opposition, according to Indonesia expert Farish Noor, an associate professor at RSIS in Singapore.
Thousands of athletes are gathering in the Scottish city of Glasgow this week for the Commonwealth Games, a sporting jamboree that takes place every four years, and is one of the most high profile of the group’s events. Continue reading “Commonwealth Relevance”
Ukraine will emerge from its current instability stronger and closer to Western Europe than it has been at any time since the collapse of the Soviet Union, according to Professor Sarah Birch of the University of Glasgow Continue reading “Ukraine and European Security”
The momentum towards free trade, Asia’s growing wealth and the space for an international financial centre in this time zone, will help China cement its status as the region’s dominant economy but ensure there will be no European-style financial integration, JCI President Professor Woo Wing Thye argued in a recent lecture at Sunway University. Continue reading “Is the Future Configuration of Currency Arrangements in East Asia Likely to Resemble that of Europe?”
Next year’s election will be a crucial test of Myanmar’s reforms and provide an indication of how much power the military is prepared to cede to civilian politicians including Aung San Suu Kyi, according to three experts at a joint JCI, Merdeka Center, Foreign Policy Study Group forum focussing on the country’s prospects for further democratisation. Continue reading “Myanmar: The Road Ahead”
Malaysia’s economic and political reform initiatives can lift the country out of the “middle income” trap and help it join South Korea and Taiwan among the world’s richest nations, providing the plans are implemented effectively, Professor Woo Wing Thye said in the inaugural Sir John Monash Distinguished Public Lecture at Monash University Malaysia. Continue reading “The Middle Income Trap Phenomenon: First in Latin America, now Southeast Asia?”