Policy Briefs


The JCI-JSC Policy Briefs are short-form opinion pieces on fast-moving contemporary issues about 1,000 words in length.


Providing policy-relevant commentary and analysis, briefs are written based on the combined expertise found in JCI and the Jeffrey Sachs Center on Sustainable Development.

Latest Policy Briefs

The New Dynamism of East Asia and ASEAN: New Trade Institutions in FTAs and the ‘Living Agreement’ of RCEP

Publication date: 10 November 2022 | Length of brief: 7 pages | Serial Number: JCI-JSC-PB-2022-01

For the past decade, East Asia has been facing rising protectionism and anti-globalisation…

The Rise of Anti-Globalisation and Populist Politics with COVID-19 Pandemic

Publication date: 15 May 2021 | Length of brief: 4 pages | Serial Number: JCI-JSC-PB-2021-01

For the past 2 decades, East Asia is facing protectionist policy challenges from the increasing…

The Wide Range of National Reactions to the Common COVID-19 Shock: Observations on Causes and Effects

Publication date: 27 November 2020 | Length of brief: 5 pages | Serial Number: JCI-JSC-PB-2020-03

Any discussion over government responses to the pandemic almost always, inevitably, includes…

Party-hopping of lawmakers in Malaysia – A Menu of Remedies

Publication date: 21 October 2020 | Length of brief: 4 pages | Serial Number: JCI-JSC-PB-2020-02Malaysia is no stranger to the world of legislators switching allegiances during their term. The…

Children and Coronavirus: A Social Protection View

Publication date: 21 April 2020 | Length of brief: 3 pages | Serial Number: JCI-JSC-PB-2020-01On March 27, Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin announced a RM250 billion economic stimulus…

JCI & REFSA Joint Policy Brief: Growth and Youth Job Creation

Publication date: November 2019 | Length of brief: 12 pages | Serial number: None.

Research for Social Advancement (REFSA) and Jeffrey Cheah Institute on Southeast Asia (JCI) on 6 November…

Why Malaysia’s Renewable Energy Policies Have Not Met Their Targets

Publication date: 9 July 2019 | Length of brief: 3 pages | Serial Number: JCI-JSC-PB-2019-01

Recently, the South Australian government announced a plan to develop the largest ‘virtual’ power…