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Team SCHAFT’s robot, S-One, clears debris at DARPA’s Robotics Challenge trials (DARPA/Raymond Sheh)

The Fourth Industrial Revolution: Coping With Disruptive Change – Analysis

22 Oct 2016 in 1 , Analysis , Business

The fourth industrial revolution will benefit mankind tremendously. We can also expect disruptions. Upholding state centrality will ensure continuity and stability amidst this seismic shift. By Tan Teck Boon* The first, second and third industrial…

India's NS Kalvari at the Mazagon Dock Limited on the day of her undocking. Source: Indian Navy, Wikipedia Commons.

The Great Scorpene Leak: Prospects For India’s Submarine Programmes – Analysis

21 Oct 2016 in 1 , Analysis

India’s submarine construction programme has been jeopardised by a major data leak of its French-designed Scorpene submarines. The future of its new generation submarines under the Project 75 (India) contract has also been thrown into…

Location of Sarawak in Malaysia. Source: Wikipedia Commons.

A New Player In Sabah Politics – Analysis

20 Oct 2016 in 1 , Analysis

Malaysia continues to witness the emergence of new political parties in the public domain, further complicating its complex political landscape. The new Parti Warisan Sabah (Warisan) points to growing political awareness among the people of…

Location of Malaysia. Source: CIA World Factbook.

Malaysia’s Secular Versus Religious Divide: Mediation Could Be Key – Analysis

20 Oct 2016 in 1 , Analysis , Religion

The uneasy co-existence of civil and Shariah law in Malaysia and the polarising ethnic and religious divides within its population could be ameliorated by establishing an independent mediation committee. By Saleena Saleem* In late August…

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Globalisation Under Pressure: International Trade Suffers – Analysis

19 Oct 2016 in 1 , Analysis , Business

An era of globalisation is drawing to a close as international trade comes under pressure of protectionist policies. TPP has yet to be ratified while RCEP has stalled. By Barry Desker* The current American presidential…