The Smiling Dragon

China’s Soft Power in Southeast Asia – Implications for Germany and the EU

This KAS regional study on China’s soft power projection in Southeast Asia aims to identify and quantify the PRC’s engagement in selected ASEAN countries and evaluate its success. The authors conclude with a few policy recommendations for the EU and for Germany specifically to encourage European soft power gains in Southeast Asia.

Public Health in Asia during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Global Health Governance, Migrant Labour, and International Health Crises

Every nation in Asia has dealt with COVID-19 differently and with varying levels of success in the absence of clear and effective leadership from the World Health Organization (WHO). As a result, WHO’s role in Asia as a global health organization is coming under increasing pressure. As its credibility is slowly being eroded by public displays of incompetence and negligence, it has also become an arena of contestation. Moreover, while the pandemic continues to undermine the future of global health governance as a whole, the highly interdependent economies in Asia have exposed the speed with which pandemics can spread, as intensive regional travel and business connections have caused every area in the region to be hit hard. The migrant labour necessary to sustain globalized economies has been strained and the security of international workers is now more precarious than ever, as millions have been left stranded, seen their entry blocked, or have limited access to health services. This volume by the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung's (KAS) Regional Economic Programme Asia (SOPAS), Leiden Asia Centre, and the International Academic Forum provides an accessible framework for understanding the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic in Asia, with a specific emphasis on global governance in health and labour.

TVET and Higher Education Reforms for Malaysia – Lessons from the Social Market Economy Model

Webinar report

A report by Dr. Mohamed Aslam Haneef on Malaysia's higher education system from the perspective of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) and the social market economy. It was discussed in the webinar "Are Universities Worth It?" on 5 September 2021 and this report covers the points raised and further elaborates on how to move forward towards better education of all.

Reforming Malaysia's GLC Framework

Webinar report (English only)

A report by Dr. Edmund Terence Gomez on Malaysia's government-linked companies (GLCs) from the perspective of the social market economy and comparisons with other countries. It was discussed in the webinar "Battling the Crisis: The Role of the Government-Linked Companies (GLCs)" on 14 June 2021 and this report covers the points raised and further elaborates on how GLCs could be reformed for a better Malaysia.

Malaysia’s Health System: Public or Private?

Webinar report

A report by Dr. Geoffrey Williams on Malaysia's healthcare system from the perspective of the social market economy. It was discussed in the webinar "Public or Private? Equity, Efficiency and Quality in Malaysia's Healthcare" on 5 May 2021 and this report covers the points raised and further elaborates on how to move forward towards better healthcare of all.

The Future of Work for the Asian Youth (Malaysia)

This country report serves to shed light on the realities of the future of work in Malaysia. The first part will examine the current state of youths in Malaysia from the demographical lenses, education and workforce participation of youths. The second part will discuss the realities faced by Malaysian youths from both the opportunities and challenges for the youths. And the final part will be the policy recommendations to further alleviate some of the challenges faced by youths in transitioning to the work.

Making SDGs Matter

Leaving No One Behind

The book presents a unique collection of policy recommendations to address the issues and challenges identified. The authors propose solutions that can transcend local, national and international levels, and with that they demonstrate how the SDGs can be utilised to address the issues across the four policy areas.

The Path to Success

How Women-owned Businesses Transform in the Era of Digitalization - Lessons from Malaysia

Jointly conducted with Woomentum and Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Japan/SOPAS, the research looks at the effects of digitalization on Women-owned Small and Medium Enterprises' (1) access to financing, (2) access to mentoring, networking, and skills, (3) business process and management, as well as (4) COVID-19 crisis management. This chapter focuses on the lesson learned by WSMEs in Malaysia.

Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir warns of the impacts of a trade war between the superpowers

Malaysia’s Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir is warning of the impacts of a trade war between the US and China on Southeast Asia. "The US-China mega trade war may be a symptom of something far worse – growing rivalry between the world's two biggest powers developing into another Cold War." Malaysia depends on both the US and Chinese markets and for geopolitical reasons is caught in between. One way to overcome the hurdle is to build capacity and to develop competitiveness, particularly among ASEAN neighbours, to cushion the impact of the collision of superpowers. Tun Dr. Mahathir said this in his keynote address at the Institute of Strategic & International Studies Malaysia’s Praxis conference 2019 themed “Malaysia beyond 2020” on October 21 in Kuala Lumpur. KAS has been cooperating with ISIS Malaysia for several years, on the annual “Malaysia-Germany Security Dialogue”, and is now supporting the “ISIS Praxis Conference” series.

Angela Merkel

Pemimpin Eropah Yang Paling Berpengaruh

This is a Malay language translation of Matthew Qvortrup's book "Angela Merkel: Europe's Most Influential Leader." It tells the story of Mrs. Merkel's upbringing, her influences and her eventual path to power in Germany.