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Asia Research Centre

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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...

South Asian free trade agreement: prospects for shallow regional integration

This paper is an attempt to understand the incentives for and progress towards greater economic integration in South Asia. This sub-region comprises seven economies, namely, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, which are members of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation...