After Jokowi’s First Term – Jokowi and the Millennials: Facing the Digital Economy (RSIS)

One key signature of the first Jokowi administration is its attention towards the Indonesian millennial generation. What could be expected from his second term concerning millennial engagement?

Keoni Indrabayu Marzuki

After Jokowi’s First Term – Jokowi’s New Cabinet: Guiding Two Visions of Indonesia to 2024 (RSIS)

President Joko Widodo (Jokowi)’s second cabinet looks to the future and it sees both trouble and promise ahead for Indonesia.

Jefferson Ng Jin ChuanAdhi Priamarizki

Geopolitics and Technology – A Conflict Without End? The US-China Tech War (RSIS)

President Trump’s campaign targeting Chinese technology companies is motivated primarily by concerns about economic competition and security threats. This has been expanded to include democratic values and human rights. Framing the technology rivalry as one over ideology and political values, however, means the US-China tech war is likely to intensify and expand.

Adam Segal

India-Bangladesh Ties: Enduring Partnership? (RSIS)

A four-day official visit on 3-6 October 2019 by Bangladesh’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to India offered an opportunity for the two countries to review their bilateral relationship and exchange notes on regional matters. What are the key takeaways from their robust engagement efforts?

Rajeev Ranjan Chaturvedy

Hypersonics: Next Big Thing or Next Big Fad? (RSIS)

Hypersonic weapons are seen by many as the “next big thing,” and, as such, great power militaries appear to be a hypersonics arms race. There are, however, many technical challenges to deploying an effective hypersonic weapon, and, even then, its impact on military balances may be less than projected.

Richard A. Bitzinger

ASEAN-US Maritime Exercise 2019: Maintaining ASEAN Neutrality (RSIS)

The ASEAN-US maritime security exercise took place on 2-6 September 2019 — following a similar exercise ASEAN held with China in October last year. While this signified growing Sino-US competition in Southeast Asia, it is also an ASEAN attempt to adapt and maintain its relative neutrality amid intensifying great power play.

Olli Pekka Suorsa

Strategic Decision-Making During Cyber Conflict: The SingHealth Case (RSIS)

Cyber technology enables countries to act covertly. Furthermore, it is not always easy to identify who is behind a given attack. So, what leads countries that were victims of cyberattacks to reveal the incidents?

Gil BaramUdi Sommer

UN Climate Action Summit: Unlocking the Paris Agreement (RSIS)

Article 6 of the Paris Agreement holds the key to ground-up cooperation involving multiple stakeholders from governments, businesses, the private sector, and civil society.

Sharon Seah

Thailand’s ASEAN Chairmanship at Midterm: Three Key Issues to Watch After the 34th ASEAN Summit (RSIS)

ASEAN is faced with severe internal and external tests. And considering the tremendous domestic political change as well as regional tensions and uncertainties, 2019, Thailand’s ASEAN Chairmanship year, was always going to be tumultuous for the country and the association. Against this backdrop, the Thai chair concluded the 34th ASEAN Summit with some degree of success. This report assesses the Thai ASEAN Chairmanship at its mid-term, by evaluating both the domestic context of the 34th ASEAN Summit and three key issues that emerged from it. It comes to the conclusion that despite manifold challenges, the association is making some laudable progress. And yet, immediate deliverables should not detract from the need for sustainable long-term progress.

Frederick Kliem