17/12/2018

Questioned Centrality: Will ASEAN Stand Stronger in South China Sea?

Rahina Dyah Adani The unimproved situation in South China Sea has made ASEAN’s so-called ‘centrality’ in security of the region questioned. The association is said to be more divided in regards to South China Sea dispute as U.S. and China have divided the group by working arduously behind the scenes in lobbying the members to […]

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17/12/2018

ASEAN ON DISASTER MANAGEMENT: EARTHQUAKE AND TSUNAMI IN CENTRAL SULAWESI, INDONESIA.

7,7 SR Earthquake and 1.5-meter-high tsunami hit Central Sulawesi, Indonesia on September 28th 2018. The natural disaster caused various physical destructions, and fatalities; the death toll reached 1,948, and thousands may still be buried under the debris, not yet found. In response to the unfortunate disaster, The ASEAN Agreement on Disaster Management and Emergency Response […]

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17/12/2018

The Challengers of Indonesia’s Palm Oil Industry: An Overview

Kevin Iskandar Putra & Mia Dunphy The global debate on the sustainability and legitimacy of palm oil production is one that continues to evolve and define the industry. As Indonesia and Malaysia are the two major palm oil producing nations, there is much discussion around the issues that palm oil plantations pose in the face […]

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17/12/2018

A Resilient ASEAN?: ASEAN and Resilience in Natural Disaster

Nisrina Husnul Khotimah and Kevin Iskandar Putra People in Palu and its surrounds are still struggling to survive a month after the 7.5 magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami had struck. As of Friday 26th October 2018, the ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance (AHA) has recorded a total of 2,081 fatalities – a large and […]

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17/12/2018

ASEAN Smart Cities Network: Getting Closer to the Utopia

Introduction At the 32nd ASEAN Summit, countries approved Singapore’s chairmanship theme, “Innovative and Resilient”, as an articulation of their strategic position in this shifting economic landscape. One of the encapsulation of this theme is ASEAN Smart Cities Network (ASCN), a network that synergise 26 IoT-based cities across the region aiming to solve urban population growth […]

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17/12/2018

The Battle Against Trafficking in Persons: Is ASEAN Heading in the Right Direction?

Firstya Dizka Arrum Ramadhanty In the last two decades, ASEAN’s battle on acknowledging the increasing trend of transnational crimes and human rights and security matter has been interesting to look at. Progress have been considerable. In 2004, there was the first ASEAN Declaration Against Human Trafficking in Persons Particularly Women and Children. The blueprint for […]

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17/12/2018

The Tightening Belt Around ASEAN’s Narrowing Road to Success

Matthew LoCastro The Belt and Road Initiative within ASEAN The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) also known as One Belt One Road (OBOR), is one of the most prominent and one of the most shrouded global development initiatives in modern history. With estimated investments of about US$150 billion over the next decade with a total […]

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17/12/2018

ASEAN SOCIO-CULTURAL COMMUNITY: BUILDING A DISASTER-RESILIENT COMMUNITY

Muhammad Ammar Hidayahtulloh Introduction Geographically speaking, ASEAN region is one of the most vulnerable regions to disaster in the world. There are several tectonic plates across ASEAN region that potentially cause the earthquake, volcanic eruption, and tsunami. In addition, ASEAN faces the increasing extreme climate events in frequency and intensity due to climate variation and […]

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17/12/2018

Strengthening ASEAN’s Political-Security Pillar through Pool of Sovereignty

Abstract ASEAN as an entity and Southeast Asia as a region emerged as important key players in the global political landscape after 51 years of its establishment. Economic growths and prosperity has propelled ASEAN member countries to important roles in the world. However, ASEAN still face challenges in dealing with certain issues predominantly due to […]

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