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Thailand risks growing old and poor
Thailand has made remarkable progress in reducing poverty over the past 50 years by attracting foreign investment and lifting productivity. But in the first of a series of three articles, Craig Keating examines how policy failures have contributed to the stalling of economic progress and the challenges that poses for an ageing society.
ASEAN needs to uphold principles, not neutrality, in Ukraine war
ASEAN's historic commitment to neutrality prompted a muted response to Russia's attack on Ukraine. Huong Le Thu argues trying to remain impartial when one country is "bombing unarmed civilians of another country" does nothing to preserve the principle of neutrality.
Putting a floor under Asia's sinking cities
Rising sea levels will affect many Asian countries, particularly those in Southeast Asia. And, as Dimas Fauzi writes, there needs to be fresh approaches and policies to manage what is termed a ‘super wicked problem.'
Is ASEAN a toothless tiger in the face of Ukraine crisis?
ASEAN says that it is ‘deeply concerned’ about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, but it has stopped short of condemning Moscow. The statement by the grouping reflects varied perspectives among member states. But it is important for smaller states in ASEAN to uphold the aegis of international law, write Joanne Lin and William Choong.
Philippines presidential polls: economic recovery at stake
There is a lot at stake in the Philippines' 2022 presidential polls, especially where the economy is concerned, writes JC Punongbayan. The new president faces the formidable challenge of putting the economy on a steady course to recovery.