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The Islamic opposition in Malaysia : new trajectories and directions?
The shattering defeat of PAS in the 2004 general elections, while holding on to the reins of government in the state of Kelantan by a tiny majority, heralded an era of introspection for party leaders and strategists. PAS ...
Afghanistan and peace-building : where to after Ashdown?
Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai’s refusal to accept Paddy Ashdown as the United nation’s ‘super envoy’ raises questions about the future of that mission, and more generally the difficulty of post-conflict peace-building.
Security in the South China Sea : China's balancing act and new regional dynamics
In essence, Chinese policies over the South China Sea (SCS) disputes since the mid 1990s can be characterized as trying to strike a balance between sovereignty, development and security interests. China, like other disputants, ...
Soft power in Chinese discourse : popularity and prospect
This paper attempts to analyze the Chinese discourse on soft power and address these majour issues: How do the Chinese elite understand and interpret soft power? Why is there sucha a strong interest in soft power in ...
The Indian Ocean Naval Symposium : will the navies of the Indian Ocean Region unite?
India recently launched the Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS) to promote cooperation between navies and coast guards across the Indian Ocean Region. However, past attempts at promoting cooperation in the region have ...
The indigenisation of terrorism in India
Some of the most recent attacks in India, including the Mumbai outrage, involved at least logistical assistance from India citizens. However, considerable neglect of this reality, in the media and other wise, could undermine ...
Politics, pluralism and the polls : a changing scenario?
The March 8 general election in Malaysia is significant in many ways. It is also about and old rivalry between Abdullah Badawi and Anwar Ibrahim and what they represent. Both have much at stake. Abdullah will succeed if ...
Reforming PAS : from Islamism to post-Islamism
The 2008 Malaysian general election marked a new beginning for Malaysian politics. The opposition parties' strong showing may lead to an end to the political career of Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi. The election ...
The recent release of several Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) members shows that the efforts of the Singapore government and the local Muslim community in de-radicalising terrorists are bearing fruit. Yet, this was overshadowed by ...
Security, safety and defence : food for thought
The United States continues to be worried about terrorist threats - especially from biological weapons - to its food supply chain. Thought the Singaporean government also shares such concerns, fixation on such a threat ...