G-20 offers Japan a chance to raise its global game

Tokyo must boost international cooperation by setting an example, not least on refugees Japan’s diplomats face a busy few months as Tokyo prepares to host the Group of 20 summit for the first time, just when international economic cooperation has rarely been under so much pressure. With a world undergoing tectonic shifts in geopolitics and… Read More

Global Compact on Refugees is a good start, yet much remains to be done

On Christmas Day, a second Guatemalan child died in United States government custody while being detained after crossing the US-Mexico border. In Libya, rampant child abuse persists in 26 Britain-funded refugee detention centres which critics say have been created as a way for European countries to outsource their problem with asylum seekers in their borders…. Read More

Counterterrorism in Bangladesh: Lessons from a Multi-Stakeholder Approach

Syed Munir Khasru, Chairman, IPAG Abdullah Ar Rafee, Sr. Research Associate, IPAG   On July 1, 2016, Bangladesh was rocked to the core as a group of young militants stormed Holey Artisan Bakery, a posh café in a highly secured diplomatic zone in Dhaka, killing 20 hostages – 17 of whom were of foreign nationals…. Read More

The spectre of deportation

The outcome of the NRC exercise has implications for India’s ties with Bangladesh   The last date for filing claims and objections for Assam’s National Register of Citizens (NRC) has been extended by the Supreme Court to December 31, from December 15. This exercise of compiling the NRC in the first place has sparked a debate… Read More

Asean’s cyber defences in need of more guards

Just weeks ago, the Marriott hotel group disclosed that it had been the victim of a massive data breach, with the loss of records on more than 500 million guests to hackers. Investigations are continuing and signs point to the breach being a state-sponsored operation. Whatever the outcome of the probe, the scale of the… Read More

Migration — the forgotten part of ASEAN integration

Time for Southeast Asian states to develop better rules and practices to protect migrants While leaders of ASEAN spoke eloquently about mutual trade and investment at their summit in Singapore this month, they had little to say about another key flow in the region — migration. Admittedly, they did express collective concern about the Rohingya… Read More

Pieces of the Asian dream

India should maximise its soft power in South, East and Southeast Asia even as it resets ties with China This has so far been the year of the India-China reset. From the informal Narendra Modi-Xi Jinping summit at Wuhan on April 27-28 to Prime Minister Modi’s keynote speech at the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore on June 1,… Read More

Southeast Asian fund can complement Chinese investment by boosting self-reliance

Thailand and allies right to cooperate despite the growing ties with Beijing The countries of Southeast Asia have rarely found it easy to cooperate, despite founding one of the world’s best-known regional clubs — the Association of Southeast Asian Nations — over 50 years ago. With the members in very varied political and economic positions, they… Read More

The sustainable development goals and climate finance: Catalytic agent or empty vessel?

  Climate change is creating an investment challenge. Although overhauling traditional energy systems, curtailing harmful industry practices, and scaling emerging technology can make economic sense, they often mean steep front-loaded costs. The United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are crafted to accelerate the flow of climate finance to developing countries, but, on the surface, it is… Read More

India must get smarter about handling China

New Delhi needs to juggle competing goals and ease tensions with neighbors Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi may be largely focused on domestic challenges and above all on winning the next parliamentary election, due to be held by May next year. But with both the U.S. and China paying increasing attention to the subcontinent and… Read More