Publications

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Digital Asia

Panorama Insights into Asian and European Affairs
Happy Birthday, Internet! In 2019, we are celebrating the World Wide Web’s 30th anniversary. Growing from ARPANET, a decentralized network created by the Pentagon that was designed to withstand a nuclear attack, to its status as a global platform that connects billions of people and devices, the development of the Internet has long been guided by the United States. US companies developed the first personal computers, smartphones and social networks that we use to communicate as well as the routers and servers that carry the world’s data. It is Asia, however, where the future of the Internet is most likely to be written. Already today, China and India have highest number of internet users in the world. “The next billion users” are mainly Asian. Concurrently, Asian companies are making their way onto list of top technology companies. We have dedicated this issue of Panorama – Insights into Asian and European Affairs to addressing current developments in the area of digital policies, digital economy, and cyber security in Asia. Where does Europa come into play? Read on!
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International Reports

Is Europe’s Future in Asia?

by Patrick Rüppel

The Asia-Europe Meeting as an Instrument of the Rules-Based Multilateral Order
The world order as we have known it for decades is in turmoil. Countries in Europe and Asia in particular have been profiting from the rules-based multilateral order which provided them with security and allowed them to prosper. Therefore, they are strongly affected by the current volatility. Instead of relying on other powers, countries in both regions should work together and proactively shape the future of multilateralism through the Asia-Europe Meeting.

Country Reports

The 33rd ASEAN Summit - A Review

by Frederick Kliem

It is difficult these days to go about one’s daily business in the popular shopping area around Singapore's Suntec City Convention Centre. The cause of the congestion is the second summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in 2018, together with a number of additional meetings with selected external partners ASEAN traditionally hosts in the margins of this biannual summit. The most important among the additional meetings being held this year is the East Asia Summit (EAS). Incidentally, it was in the same building, Suntec City Convention Centre, where members of the newly formed World Trade Organization came together for the first time in 1996 - just months before the region entered the biggest economic crisis in its history.

International Reports

Building a Nation, Building a People

by Frederick Kliem

Public Housing in Singapore as a Holistic, Multi-Dimensional Public Policy Construct
No single policy issue is as indicative of Singapore’s success and its social, cultural, and political DNA as its public housing. In a few decades, the city-state has transformed from a slum-invested port town into one of the world’s most developed nations. One cannot understand Singapore if one does not understand Singaporean public housing.
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Country Reports

Regierungskrise in Sri Lanka

by Christian Echle

Am 26. Oktober 2018 zog der srilankische Präsident Maithripala Sirisena seine United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) aus der Koalitionsregierung mit der United National Party (UNP) zurück, entließ Premierminister Ranil Wickramasinghe (UNP) und berief an seiner Stelle den ehemaligen Präsidenten Mahinda Rajapaksa zum neuen Premierminister Sri Lankas. Es handelt sich dabei um das jüngste Kapitel in einer Geschichte wechselnder Allianzen zwischen den drei Männern, die seit Jahren die Politik in Sri Lanka maßgeblich mitgestalten. Eine überwiegende Anzahl von Verfassungsexperten innerhalb und außerhalb des Landes hält den Machtwechsel allerdings für nicht verfassungskonform, da er ohne Einbeziehung des Parlaments vollzogen wurde.

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Combatting Violent Extremism and Terrorism in Asia and Europe

From Cooperation to Collaboration
KAS and RSIS have just released their latest joint book publication "Combating Violent Extremism and Terrorism in Asia and Europe - From Cooperation to Collaboration".

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Energy Security in a Digitalized World and its Geostrategic Implications

Study by Frank Umbach, EUCERS/RSIS
Global energy systems are currently undergoing tremendous and multifold challenges. This ‘energy transition’ towards a non-fossil fuel energy system can be best described along three, mutually reinforcing strategic trends: decarbonization, digitalisation and decentralisation. Digitalisation has manifold impacts on energy suppliers, distributors and consumers as it provides opportunities for efficiency and sustainability, but also bears security threats. This study by Dr. Frank Umbach provides a comprehensive view on the impacts of digitalisation on the global energy system.

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Digital economy: Four big shifts that could change our world

BY LIANA TANG, SINGAPORE
The digital economy materialises in several ways. High value innovations occur not just within services or platforms, but across them. Rapid technological change means that businesses and workers are constantly adapting. Lifestyles are similarly evolving to reap the benefits (or suffer the consequences) that technology brings. The conveniences of the digital economy also bring security issues and new forms of crime.

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Political Change

Panorama Insights into Asian and European Affairs
In recent years, domestic politics in both Europe and Asia have arguably become less predictable and prone to sudden, unexpected changes. Although domestic volatility is not a new phenomenon in either region, contemporary drivers are analogous and may be a reflection of a new era, with significant implications for both domestic and foreign policies.

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Multilateralism In A Changing World Order

"Multilateralism In A Changing World Order" sheds light on how different forms and patterns of multilateralism are evolving in the current international order. Experts from across Asia and Europe examine “multilateralism at work” and deliberate on what kind of multilateral collaboration can be expected in selected policy fields.