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23 Jun 2016 description

Alistair D. B. Cook, Maxim Shrestha and Zin Bo Htet

Policy Brief THE 2015 NEPAL EARTHQUAKE:
IMPLICATIONS FOR FUTURE INTERNATIONAL RELIEF EFFORTS

INTRODUCTION

19 May 2016 description

By Celina Y. Loyzaga

Synopsis

On 13 May 2016, Singapore’s Ministry of Health (MOH) and the National Environmental Agency (NEA) reported Singapore’s first imported case of the Zika virus. Although the case of patient zero is likely to be a one-off instance,
Singaporeans and ASEAN nations alike should be concerned about the implications and consider upcoming medical technologies to curb the spread of the disease.

Commentary

14 Apr 2016 description

Understanding the risks of the Zika virus

By Centre for Non-Traditional Security (NTS) Studies S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS)

Singapore

05 Feb 2016 description

By Jonatan A. Lassa

Synopsis

WHO has declared the Zika outbreak as a global public health emergency. While uncertainty on the linkage between Zika and microcephaly remains, it is time to understand the potential formation of future epidemics under climate change and how governance plays an important role.

Commentary

08 Oct 2015 description

By Raman Letchumanan

Synopsis

The smoke haze crisis in Southeast Asia has come back with a vengeance, threatening the lives and health of millions. No one seems to know how best to deal with it or how long it will last this time.

Commentary

15 Nov 2013 description

No. 211/2013 dated 15 November 2013

By Mely Caballero-Anthony, Gianna Gayle Amul and Julius Trajano

Synopsis

No one could have anticipated the devastating impact of super typhoon Haiyan that hit central Philippines a week ago. The country faces the herculean task of providing humanitarian assistance and disaster relief on an unprecedented scale. National authorities need to examine what has gone wrong to address the complex humanitarian challenges facing the survivors.

Commentary

04 Aug 2010 description

by Alistair D. B. Cook

Recent events surrounding the Special Autonomy status of Papua in Indonesia have caught the eye of the international media and engaged public opinion. In particular, the protests in Jayapura in early July 2010 illustrated community tensions in Papua. This paper attempts to carve through the economic and political issues surrounding these events to analyse and evaluate the economic and political challenges in Papua, and thus provide an assessment on the prospects for conflict resolution.