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ASEAN Disunity A Problem For All, Including China

Inability of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) to issue a joint statement on tensions in the South China Sea – not even mentioning the fact that the regional organisation first issued before retracting the statement, when two ASEAN countries withdrew their support (TODAY, Jun. 16) – is not only farcical, but also signals problems for the future. For a long time community-building has been a focus, with plans for integration under the ASEAN Community 2015 blueprint and for further cooperation by 2020, and persistent lack of consensus in the political-security pillars will have implications for the economic and socio-cultural pillars too. Continue reading

Throwback: The Trouble With Measuring Happiness

On the difficulty of measuring happiness, after the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network published its World Happiness Report 2015, which ranked Singapore as the 24th happiest country out of 158 around the world. Continue reading

“The United Nations Security Council In The Twenty-First Century”

A panel discussion on the United Nations (UN) Security Council (SC) in the twenty-first century – held at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy last week – yielded interesting insights, so I have summarised these perspectives from the four panellists, as well as some of their responses during the question-and-answer segment. Continue reading