Asia Research Centre


Human rights, Singaporean style

While there has been a lull in the debate over 'Asian values' since the 1997-98 Asian financial crisis, the concept never disappeared. The development of a regional human-rights commission constitutes a fresh battleground where competing views are playing out. As in the past, the main...
Discussion paper

World order and EU regionalism: towards an open approach to new constitutionalism

The political project for European Union is defined by its inherent dialectic as both part of and a distinct response to globalisation. Like other regionalisms, the EU is broadly committed to openness or ‘open regionalism’. But the project for European Union has also been defined...
Discussion paper

Governing Islam and regulating Muslims in Singapore's secular authoritarian state

Governance of Islam in Singapore has been strongly shaped by the authoritarian state's micro-management of nation-building, commanding influence of Islamic institutions such as the peak religious bureaucracy MUIS (Majlis Ugama Islam Singapura or Islamic Religious Council) and reliance on draconian legislation such as the Maintenance...
Working paper

Privatising the fight against Somali pirates

The recent audacious pirate attacks in the Gulf of Aden and off the horn of Africa have fuelled the debate about the privatisation of maritime security. Ship owners and maritime security experts, as well as representatives of industry organisations, have stated that private security companies...

Between development and security: The European Union, governance and fragile states

This paper presents an analysis of recently adopted EU policies on fragile states. While the European Union has incorporated governance issues into its strategies for fragile states, its approach to governance has a highly technocratic character, with a strong emphasis on public sector reform and...