RSIS Researchers on the Covid-19 Situation and its Implications
These are the RSIS commentaries and op-eds written by RSIS staff on the Covid-19 outbreak. Click on the titles to read more.
RSIS Commentaries on Global Health Security
Farish A. Noor, associate professor and coordinator of the PhD Programme at RSIS, said that the discovery of a major Covid-19 cluster involving the Tablighi Jama’at movement in Malaysia has led to questions about what the movement is and why they chose to congregate.
Read more in RSIS Commentary “Covid-19 and Tablighi Jama’at: Religious Movements & the Need for Dialogue“.
Margareth Sembiring, associate research fellow at the Centre for Non-Traditional Security Studies of RSIS, wrote that one of the vulnerable groups include migrant workers, especially those doing domestic work.
Read more in RSIS Commentary “Migrant Domestic Workers: Their Covid-19 Burdens“.
Dedi Dinarto, Adri Wanto, and Leonard C. Sebastian of the Indonesia Programme at the Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies of RSIS, revisits the impact of the pandemic on the economy of Batam in their second commentary, the implications and how the local government has managed the situation.
Read more in RSIS Commentary “Covid-19: Bad Patch for Batam’s Economy“.
Adam Garfinkle, a distinguished visiting fellow at RSIS, wrote that in the face of the escalating pandemic, mindsets and behaviours are bound to change but no one knows how. He discusses the possibilities in this commentary.
Read more in RSIS Commentary “Covid-19 Pandemic: What It Means for US National Security“.
Jose Ricardo Sto. Domingo, research analyst with the Malaysia Programme at the Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies at RSIS, said that Malaysia’s decision to impose a Movement Control Order (MCO) was its best option to reduce further infection, but its sudden announcement initially caused public confusion and reflected insufficient planning.
Read more in RSIS Commentary “Malaysia’s COVID-19 Strategy“.
Christopher Chen, associate research fellow with the Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) Programme in the Centre for Non-Traditional Security Studies, discussed how the private sector can step in to fill existing gaps in times of crises.
Read more in RSIS Commentary “COVID-19: Private Sector’s Role in Times of Crisis“.
Han Fook Kwang, senior fellow with RSIS, wrote about how Singapore’s founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew faced many crises in his lifetime, regional and global, and if he were alive, he would have a lot to say about the present COVID-19 pandemic and how to deal with it.
Read more in RSIS Commentary “COVID-19 Pandemic: Lessons from Lee Kuan Yew“.
Julius Cesar Trajano, Research Fellow at the Centre for Non-Traditional Security Studies, shared how nuclear technology can be adapted for use in public health.
Read more in RSIS Commentary “Nuclear Technology and Disease Prevention: What ASEAN Can Do“.
Paul Teng, adjunct senior fellow at the Centre for Non-Traditional Security Studies, wrote that the situation is a good reminder of the importance of food security and ways to enhance it.
Read more in RSIS Commentary “COVID-19: Its Impact on Food Sufficiency“.
Pradumna Rana, coordinator of the International Political Economy Programme at the Centre for Multilateralism Studies, shared how the ever-growing toll of the COVID-19 pandemic has led to a growing sense of helplessness and loss of confidence worldwide.
Read more in RSIS Commentary “Covid-19: Time for Emergency G20 Summit“.
Yasmine Wong of the Centre of Excellence for National Security, wrote about how the pandemic has exacerbated xenophobia in Singapore, and how the Singapore Government and communities have been and are still working to combat it.
Read more in RSIS Commentary “COVID-19 and Sinophobia in Singapore“.
Alistair D. B. Cook, coordinator of the Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief Programme at the Centre for Non-Traditional Security Studies, highlighted the importance of helping vulnerable groups in the midst of the pandemic.
Read more in RSIS Commentary “COVID-19 & Humanitarian Response: Leave No-One Behind”.
Jose Montesclaros, associate research fellow at the Centre for Non-Traditional Security Studies, and Mely Caballero-Anthony, Head of the same centre, wrote about how sudden lockdowns affect lower income groups, and the need for more social safety nets.
Read more in the RSIS Commentary “The Burden of COVID-19: Urgent Need for Social Safety Nets“.
Joel Ng, research fellow with the Centre for Multilateralism Studies at RSIS, emphasised that the tack of trust predates the outbreak of Covid-19, but it is an essential element for anyone involved in tackling the outbreak as well as strengthening of global governance.
Read more in RSIS Commentary “Trust During the Time of Covid-19“.
Lina Gong, research fellow with the Centre for Non-Traditional Security Studies at RSIS, discussed how the covid-19 situation emphasised the need for governments, hospitals, the private sector and non-governmental organisations to be prepared before the next pandemic.
Read more in the RSIS Commentary “COVID-19: Is the Humanitarian Sector Prepared?”
Kaewkamol (Karen) Pitakdumrongkit, deputy head of the Centre for Multilateralism Studies at RSIS, warned the effects of the covid-19 outbreak on regional economies. The dip in economies may see a spike in calls from business sectors for governments to provide aid and support.
Read more in RSIS Commentary “COVID-19’s Economic Fallout: The Logic of Pump Priming“.
Dedi Dinarto, Adri Wanto, and Leonard Sebastian of the Indonesia Programme at the Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies, wrote about how Bintan has seen a decline in tourism since the outbreak of covid-19, and how they can turn this opportunity around for them.
Read more in RSIS Commentary “COVID-19: Impact on Bintan’s Tourism Sector“.
Zi Yang, senior analyst with the China Programme at the Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies, discussed how and why ASEAN and China should work together, especially during the this trying period.
Read more in RSIS Commentary “ASEAN-China COVID-19 Meeting: Why and What’s Next?”
Nazneen Mohsina, a senior analyst at the Centre of Excellence for National Security, spoke about the resilience Singapore has built up within its people, and how this will be the factor in overcoming this pandemic.
Read more in RSIS Commentary “COVID-19: Trying Times for Singapore’s Social Resilience”.
Jose Montesclaros, associate research fellow at the Centre for Non-Traditional Security Studies, shared the lessons to learn from this outbreak in preparation of a future pandemic.
Read more in RSIS Commentary “Beyond COVID-19: Global Priorities Against Future Contagion”.
Mely Caballero-Anthony, head of the Centre for Non-Traditional Security Studies, urged that the responsibility of curbing such a virus is not on a particular country alone, but also the role of the region as a whole.
Read more in RSIS Commentary “The Wuhan Virus Pandemic: What Next?”
Zi Yang, senior analyst with the China Programme at the Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies, wrote about how China has changed in its approach to managing this outbreak.
Read more in RSIS Commentary “China’s Response to Coronavirus Outbreak: Implications for ASEAN”.
Bernard Loo, senior fellow at the Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies at RSIS, and Adrian Kuah, Director of the Futures Office, NUS, wrote about German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s address to the nation on March 18 about the Covid-19 pandemic. She highlighted the problems that arise when one uses the language of war in dealing with a pandemic. While using the language of war to mobilise society and its resources, one shouldn’t go overboard with it lest it becomes actual warmongering.
Read more in the article “Covid-19 and the Language of War“.
Farish A. Noor, associate professor at RSIS and coordinator of its doctoral programme, writes about how the Muslim missionary movement Tablighi Jama’at places emphasis on social welfare. He shares how engaging followers positively will get them to self-regulate their movements, and help to contain the virus pandemic.
Read more in the article “Why the Tabligh Jama’at is Constantly on the Move“.
Henrick Tsjeng, an associate research fellow with the Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies at RSIS spoke about how military assets or the broader ASEAN defence cooperation could be used for controlling the current pandemic.
Read more in the article “Pandemic Control: A New Area for ASEAN Defense Cooperation?”
Senior analyst Zi Yang said there has been a surprising solidarity between Middle-Eastern states and China in the face of the COVID-19 situation – such as through message of support and aid donations, which he said are very much influenced by economic considerations of course.
Read more in the article “The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Relations Between China and the Middle East“.
James M Dorsey, a senior fellow at RSIS, said that there is little indication that Middle Eastern rulers are learning the lessons of the Coronavirus’ devastating effect.
Read more in the article “Coronavirus: The Middle East’s Lessons not Learnt and Missed Opportunities“.
Dymples Leong, a senior analyst at CENS discussed the importance to battle against misinformation on the COVID-19 situation, especially on Tik Tok, Generation Z’s favorite social media platform.
Read more in article “Battling COVID-19, One TikTok Challenge at a Time”.
Han Fook Kwang, a senior fellow at RSIS, said it’s not just about keeping your own body virus-free but protecting others around you.
Read more in article “Coronavirus: Stop Just One Infection, and 3,000 People will be Safe“.
James M. Dorsey, a senior fellow at RSIS, said that as the new coronavirus spreads, so does its likely political fallout. For authoritarians and autocrats, the fallout is likely to be a mixed bag.
Read more in article “Long-term Political Fallout of Coronavirus“.
Zi Yang, a senior analyst at RSIS, discussed in an article on how the spread of the COVID-19 disease in prisons revealed flaws in China’s epidemic countermeasures.
Read more in article “Cracks in the System: COVID-19 in Chinese Prisons“.
Ji Xianbai, a research fellow at RSIS, opined that in the face of the public health-cum-economic crisis induced by the coronavirus, it appears that the leading global economic institutions have collectively fell short of providing stimulus to the underperforming global economy.
Read more in article “Global Economic Institutions Fall Short of Cushioning COVID-19 Shocks“.
Han Fook Kwang, a senior fellow at RSIS, said some problems the outbreak has thrown up have nothing to do with the bug but with how people relate to one another.
Read more in article “How the Human Race might Stump a Coronavirus“.
Lee Hui Ying, a senior analyst at RSIS, discussed the vulnerabilities as a small state, and how the current pandemic has impacted the city-state.
Read more in article “Singapore and Coronavirus: Small State, Global Crisis“.
Friedrich Wu, an adjunct associate professor with RSIS spoke about how the covid-19 outbreak has affected the economy. Exacerbated by the China-US trade war earlier, Singapore’s GDP is expected to drop, seeing the fall in tourist arrivals, among other factors.
Read more in article “Coronavirus’ Fallout for Hong Kong and Singapore“.
Farish A. Noor, associate professor at RSIS, drew on his students’ work on the how fear has driven our perception, and spoke about how this has led to panic and divisiveness.
Read more in article “The Virus Scare as a Mirror to Ourselves and Our Society“.
RSIS research analyst Kalicharan Veera Singam viewed the covid-19 pandemic as a test of the abilities of governments and discussed the impact on economies, with China’s interconnectedness to the global economy.
Read more in article “Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19): A Political and Economic Risk Assessment“.
Last updated on 01/04/2020