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RSIS Commentaries are intended to provide timely and, where appropriate, policy relevant background and analysis of contemporary developments. The views of the author/s are their own and do not represent the official position of the S.Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), NTU, which produces the Commentaries.


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This is a transmission electron micrograph (TEM) of Zika virus, which is a member of the family Flaviviridae. Virus particles are 40 nm in diameter, with an outer envelope, and an inner dense core. Photo Credit: CDC/ Cynthia Goldsmith, Wikipedia Commons.

Zika And Health Security In Southeast Asia – Analysis

22 Sep 2016 in 1 , Analysis , Health

As Southeast Asia continues to see reports of new Zika outbreaks, this latest case of public health threat underscores the importance of continued vigilance to new emerging diseases, as well as deepening regional cooperation in…


Eurasian Economic Union. Source: Wikipedia Commons.

Eurasia’s Economic Union And ASEAN: Why Interaction Is Important – Analysis

21 Sep 2016 in 1 , Analysis , Business

Members of the emerging Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) are reaching out to Southeast Asian countries to balance China’s growing influence in Eurasia. What are the implications for ASEAN? By Aidar Amrebayev* President Vladimir Putin, at…


G20 Hangzhou Summit. Photo Credit: Casa Rosada (Argentina Presidency of the Nation), Wikipedia Commons.

G20 In China: Effective Or Irrelevant? – Analysis

20 Sep 2016 in 1 , Analysis , Environment

The 2016 G20 Summit that took place in Hangzhou, China on 4-5 September, produced some significant achievements particularly on combating climate change. Despite some disappointments, they also advanced bilateral diplomacy between key countries. By Chia-yi…


South China Sea. Source: U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, Wikipedia Commons.

Chinese Corporate Players In South China Sea: Complicating The Disputes? – Analysis

16 Sep 2016 in 1 , Analysis , Business

China’s state-owned enterprises are increasingly engaged in various activities in the South China Sea. Their involvement, usually mingled with nationalism in China, further complicates Beijing’s policy on the dispute. By Xue Gong* On 12 July…


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Position Of Islam And Muslims In France: Three French Contradictions – Analysis

15 Sep 2016 in 1 , Analysis , Religion

Islam and Muslims in France have become the point of convergence of intense political, legal and intercommunity tensions. These growing divisions threaten a capital of social resilience that is being severely put to the test…


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