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Scaling the Ladder: Education Technology

In an age of technological disruption, competition ensues. Some race ahead with the latest knowhow, while others lag behind. As technology diffuses into more and more aspects of daily life, gradually replacing traditional tools of imparting knowledge to our young, Denise Tan gives her take on its benefits, its drawbacks and what the region should concentrate on to maximise its accessibility and effectiveness.

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Political Socio-Cultural

All is Fair in Drugs and War?

ASEAN’s economic boom in the last few decades belies an ever-worsening crisis of drug misuse. Individual governments have tried means and ways to tackle the crux of the problem, yet are their approaches effective? Ting Fang Chu examines the intricacies of the fight against drugs, and argues that regardless of the path taken, a coordinated and united response from ASEAN is exigent.

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Political

Thirsty for Conflict: Water Scarcity in Southeast Asia

With water scarcity set to become one of the most contentious issues in international relations, Southeast Asia is no exception. Looking at the Mekong river basin, Braedie Atkins looks at how rising water tensions can be subdued by ASEAN, creating a water management system and facilitating technological innovation to ensure water supplies. Yet, China’s unwillingness to cooperate will continue to be a barrier in quenching the thirst for conflict within the region.

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Long Reads Socio-Cultural

Homelessness in Singapore – does it really exist?

Despite Singapore’s high levels of economic development, certain aspects of social development have not fully caught up. Benedict Choong shares his experience participating in an island-wide research study about homelessness conducted in July 2019. Read more to discover what he found, along with some recent efforts by agencies in Singapore to help the homeless in Singapore get back on their feet and off the streets.

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Socio-Cultural

Help Wanted: The Domestic Worker Conundrum

Paid domestic work is a common feature of many middle-class households in Southeast Asia. Despite their contributions, the women in this line of work are still treated like second-class citizens. Why is this the case?
Alicia Lukman explores how gender dynamics play out in domestic workers’ lives.

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Socio-Cultural

The Impact of Climate Change on Southeast Asia’s Coral Reefs

Braedie Atkins discusses the importance of coral reefs for Southeast Asia while also looking into how their overexploitation, as well as increasing global temperatures due to climate change, is making the region more vulnerable. ASEAN must play the quintessential role of filling any adaption or mitigation gaps left from mass coral bleaching.

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Economics

UK-ASEAN Trade: Which Way Forward?

Post-Brexit, the UK will have to begin negotiating trade terms with Southeast Asia without the EU’s backing. Considering the challenges associated with both bilateralism and multilateralism, how should the UK approach ASEAN?

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Socio-Cultural

5 Reasons to make Southeast Asia your Winter Getaway

Ever wondered what a holiday to Southeast Asia might look like? Look no further, we’ll tell you all about what to expect, where to go and what to do!

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Interviews

Academic Spotlight: Is the Creative City a tool for neoliberalism?

Phitchakan Chuangchai is a 3rd year Warwick PhD candidate in Creative Industries. She has been granted a Masters’ and PhD scholarship from the Royal Thai government. Phitchakan’s research focuses on discovering whether the ‘Creative City’ discourse, which is endorsed by UNESCO, the British Council, and most recently ASEAN, is a Trojan horse for neoliberalism. What […]

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Political

Davids & Goliath: ASEAN’s Diplomatic Clout

Does ASEAN really matter? Can ASEAN really provide enough power and leverage for smaller states against bigger ones such as China?