What we’ve achieved and the challenges ahead – 50 years of ASEAN

As ASEAN marks its 50th Anniversary, the bloc’s economic achievements with regards to intra-regional trade and connectivity have been remarkable. Today Southeast Asia has a combined GDP of about $2.4 trillion. Overall trade has grown from $10 billion in 1967 to $2.3 trillion in 2015. The GDP per capita has increased by 63.2%, from 2007… Read More

The geopolitical landscape of Asia Pacific is changing dramatically. Here’s how

Two important events are having a significant influence on existing security arrangements in Asia Pacific. The result of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), led by President Xi Jinping, and US President Trump’s abandonment of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), is that many Asian states are re-orientating their long-held policy towards the two giants. Vague commitments… Read More

The Singapore-China strategic partnership is worth keeping

Mr. Syed Munir Khasru says despite tensions over the South China Sea, the two are continuing their cooperation to spur development, not least through China’s belt and road. A good relationship would serve both countries well When Singapore announced last month that Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (李克強) will pay a visit to the island nation, the news was widely seen… Read More

This is the role that the G20 will play in the refugee agenda

DHAKA – Every day, an average of some 34,000 people are forced to flee natural or man-made disasters. In the last six months alone, more than 2,000 lives have been lost in the Mediterranean; over the last weekend in June, 12,600 migrants arrived in Italy by sea. Financial and political pressures are overwhelming the countries… Read More

A G20 refugee agenda

Every day, an average of some 34,000 people are forced to flee natural or manmade disasters. In the last six months alone, more than 2,000 lives have been lost in the Mediterranean; over the last weekend in June, 12,600 migrants arrived in Italy by sea. Financial and political pressures are overwhelming the countries in the… Read More

অভিবাসীদের স্বস্তি দিন

পৃথিবীতে প্রতিদিন প্রায় ৩৪ হাজার মানুষ প্রাকৃতিক ও মনুষ্যসৃষ্ট বিপর্যয়ের কারণে ঘর ছাড়তে বাধ্য হয়। শুধু গত ছয় মাসে ভূমধ্যসাগরে দুই হাজারের বেশি মানুষ প্রাণ হারিয়েছে। জুনের শেষ সপ্তাহে ১২ হাজার ৬০০ অভিবাসী সমুদ্র পাড়ি দিয়ে ইতালিতে এসে পৌঁছায়। মধ্যপ্রাচ্য, আফ্রিকা ও ইউরোপের দেশগুলো রাজনৈতিক ও অর্থনৈতিক চাপে জেরবার হয়ে যাচ্ছে, যেখানে এই অভিবাসীদের গন্তব্য… Read More

A G20 Refugee Agenda

DHAKA – Every day, an average of some 34,000 people are forced to flee natural or man-made disasters. In the last six months alone, more than 2,000 lives have been lost in the Mediterranean; over the last weekend in June, 12,600 migrants arrived in Italy by sea. Financial and political pressures are overwhelming the countries in the… Read More

WannaCry shows that businesses and governments must cooperate

On May 12, the world suffered one of the worst cyber-attacks in history as the ransomware “WannaCry” held data from 230,000 computers hostage in at least 150 countries, earning over $80,000. A ransomware, once activated, encrypts access to the data of a computer or a network until a sum is paid. Infected organizations during the… Read More

India’s Narendra Modi charmed with his words, it is now high time for action

Mr. Syed Munir Khasru says failures to form a strategic alliance with China and isolate Pakistan, along with stumbles in regional initiatives and promises at home, mean the Indian prime minister will need to act fast to realise his rhetoric. Upon assuming office in May 2014, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi went on the diplomatic… Read More

As the ASEAN region turns 50, human rights remain a challenge

ASEAN, poised to celebrate its 50th anniversary coming August, has come a long way since its inception through the Bangkok Declaration. While promoting free trade and economic cooperation remains its core focus, the organization was founded in 1967 by five of its current members to maintain regional stability and safeguard against the influence of communism… Read More