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Japan’s Disappointing Entrée Into The Global Arms Market – Analysis

28 May 2016 in 1 , Analysis

Japan’s failure to win the Australian submarine contract highlights the challenges of entering the global arms market. Japan may secure export sales in the future, but it will likely have to start small and be…

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left) with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan (right). Source: WHS

World Humanitarian Summit: Meeting Expectations Or Falling Short? – Analysis

28 May 2016 in 1 , Analysis , Social Issues

The World Humanitarian Summit held in Istanbul, Turkey on 23 and 24 May 2016 saw 9,000 delegates from governments, United Nations agencies and civil society come together to address a ‘broken humanitarian system’. Did it…

Member states of ASEAN. Source: Wikipedia Commons.

Agriculture And ASEAN Economies: Still Key For Growth – Analysis

27 May 2016 in 1 , Analysis , Business

Despite its declining contribution to the GDP of ASEAN economies, agriculture remains a major source of employment for rural populations and provides much value add for agrifood industries. The ASEAN region needs to tap more…

Farmer in China

Food Security In China: Whither Self-Sufficiency Policy? – Analysis

27 May 2016 in 1 , Analysis , Social Issues

There is a need to identify the key food security threats to the country at different stages. By Zhang Hongzhou* For decades, China has embarked on a policy of achieving self-sufficiency in grain, influenced by…


Security In One Belt One Road: Singapore’s Role In Training Expertise – Analysis

26 May 2016 in 1 , Analysis

The One Belt One Road (OBOR), also known as the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) launched by President Xi Jinping in 2013 to promote economic development and exchanges between China and over 60 countries is…