REFSA researcher Jaideep Singh unpacks the agreement to show that RCEP is a small step forward that mostly consolidates regional rules rather than a giant leap for trade and growth. Read the full report to find out more.
Rather than a game changer, it would be more useful to think of RCEP as the first step in the path towards more transparent and integrated trade in Asia-Pacific.
The South China Sea is one of Malaysia’s most strategic but vulnerable maritime domains, with long-standing territorial disputes and rising tensions. In an ISIS webinar, REFSA Research Director Ivy Kwek address the socio-economic challenges and impact facing SCS today.
REFSA Research Director Ivy Kwek shares on BFM the importance of appropriate gestures in diplomacy, how to deal with big powers and why foreign policy matters to all of us.
There is no doubt that Malaysia has potential to be a producer of various arms and other defence accoutrements. However, this potential must be guided with the right objectives and principles in mind to produce the relevant outcomes.
It is hoped that the Covid pandemic can become a catalyst to spur further thinking of our national security planning, as well as the relations between our military, civilian agencies and society as a whole.
Malaysia's Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) program is now at a difficult crossroad. The program was slated to see its first delivery in April of 2019, with the remaining ships being delivered every six months after that. It is now March 2021, nearly two years since the original due date, and it would appear no end is in sight for the troubled procurement project.
Post-pandemic opportunities for cooperation between ASEAN and China abound, but both must go past hurdles to trust-building in order to work closer together, for the common future of the region.
A roundtable consultation where participants discussed the way forward for security sector governance in Malaysia with recommendations on reform including having greater inter-agency coordination, transparency and stronger civil-military relations.
Malaysia has no time to lose in face of rapidly evolving security landscape, and its planned defence reforms identified urgently needs implementing. .