China is Losing its Southeast Asian Friends

November 24, 2015

While China has been gaining territory in the South China Sea, it has been losing amity among its allies in Southeast Asia. Territorial spats between China and its Southeast Asian neighbors over Beijing’s infamous “nine-dash line” dotted across the South China Sea have substantially soured...

Malaysia’s Economic Push in Africa

September 25, 2015

African nations are turning to Asia for partners in development. Can Malaysia pave the way for an ASEAN-Africa model? With an increasingly heavy investment footprint spanning the length and breadth of the African continent, Malaysia is establishing itself as an important dynamic in the emerging...

The Conundrum Behind the TPP’s Environmental Chapter

September 16, 2015

The TPP can be the largest and most environmentally friendly trade agreement in history, if the US lets it. The July 2015 US State Department Trafficking in People report was met with staunch criticism both from congressional lawmakers and human rights activists after Malaysia, previously...

Football Fans Have Something to Say

September 14, 2015

Fans in the Middle East, Europe and Asia highlight the importance that sections of the football family attribute to social justice. Soccer fans are on a roll in the Middle East, Europe and Southeast Asia. Fans in Turkey and Egypt have defeated legal efforts to criminalize them as terrorists,...

Rohingya Refugee Crisis Tests Malaysia

July 03, 2015

The Rohingya refugee crisis has become a test for Malaysia’s foreign policy commitment to ASEAN. The Rohingya refugee crisis presents a test of Malaysia’s chairmanship of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). The most recent agreement by Malaysia and Indonesia to provide...

Sexual Sharing in Malay Polygamy

February 23, 2015

Sexual sharing within polygamous marriages in urban Malaysia is a tricky business. The sexual relationship between husband and wife is one of the most contentious aspects of life in Malay Muslim polygamous unions. It can cause great strife and misery among co-wives. At issue is husband sharing,...

Anwar Ibrahim Appeal Fails: What Next for Malaysia’s Troubled Government?

February 12, 2015

Will the decision to uphold the verdict against Anwar Ibrahim have any effect on Malaysia's political landscape? My taxi driver laughed as the newsreader concluded the announcement that Anwar Ibrahim’s appeal against his conviction for sodomy had been refused and that the leader of...

Salafism is a Threat to Peace in Southeast Asia

October 10, 2014

With the persecution of Shiite Muslims in Southeast Asia, Salafism represents a threat to peace in the region. It is a fact that many acts of physical as well as verbal violence are perpetrated in the name of Islam. Therefore, it is necessary to clarify that the problem lies not in the religion...

Malaysia in 2014: A Perspective from Thailand

April 09, 2014

Unrest in Thailand could influence political developments in Malaysia. Thai-Malaysian relations have in the past decade been predominantly shaped by the situation in the three southernmost provinces of Thailand. In 2004, under the Thaksin Shinawatra administration, an Islamist insurgency...

MH370 and Maritime Security: A Fresh Start for Cooperation?

The search for Flight MH370 has resulted in cooperation between countries locked in maritime disputes. By Sukjoon Yoon Since the mysterious disappearance of Malaysia Airlines MH370 on March 8, several countries have been participating in extensive Search and Rescue (SAR) and Humanitarian...

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