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The implementation of Islamic law in contemporary Malaysia : prospects and problems
While the Federal Constitution of Malaysia readily proclaims Islam to be Malaysia's official religion, opinions have fiercely diverged among legal scholars and practitioners as to how substantive should the relevant clause ...
The Gaza crisis : impact on Southeast Asia
A key dimension of the Gaza conflict which has attracted little attention is the security consequences for the stability of Southeast Asia. While regional governments have to balance domestic agenda with foreign policy, ...
Significance of Abu Dujana and Zarkasih's verdict
The first ever Indonesian court ruling of convicts as terrorists and the branding of the Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) organisation as a "terrorist" one is examined in great detail in this paper. Beginning with the historical ...
Najib's UMNO : enter a new era
A new leader, Najib Tun Razak, has emerged in Malaysia to take the country into the next phase of nation-building. He has spoken of reform and change within the dominant party UMNO to preserve power. What challenges await ...
Clashes at sea : when Chinese vessels harass US ships
Recent clashes between Chinese patrol vessels and US ocean surveillance ships operating in China's exclusive economic zone (EEZ) highlight differing views on the rights and duties of countries in an EEZ. With the increasing ...
Al-Qaeda's female jihadists : the Islamist ideological view
Unlike their male counterparts, the status of women in radical Islamist ideology is not conducive for participation in the global jihad. Yet there has been a sharp increase in the number of female suicide bombers linked ...
The politics of consumption in Thailand : back to basics
The Abhisit government in Thailand is intervening to help the country out of the long, L-shaped curve of the global recession. Initial measures involve a back-to-basic economics and a rhetorical attempt to thwart materialism.
Counter-ideology : remaining vigilant during economic slump
Efforts in combating terrorism require the involvement of the general public and the authorities. The current economic downturn may, however, distract public awareness on the need for counter-ideological work.
Underground nuclear power plant : why not?
With the surge in energy demand in developing Southeast Asia, the propensity of using nuclear energy as an option is growing. Singapore needs to adapt itself and explore the benefits of a 'nuclearised' region.
Afghanistan : from the military to the political solution
Afghanistan is surfing as one of the most important foreign policy challenges of the incoming Obama Administration. The Taliban insurgency encompasses the entire Pushtun nation that straddles the Pakistan-Afghanistan ...