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Indonesia’s Maritime Ambition: Can Jokowi Realise It?
To realise his vision of a ‘global maritime fulcrum’, Indonesian president Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo needs to solve the tricky problem of coordinating Indonesia’s sprawling maritime security domain. He will need to overcome ...
China's maritime Silk Road: the politics of routes
China has not effectively communicated its grand connectivity ideas to South and Southeast Asian countries. Beijing urgently needs to improve its communications with external parties and seek feedback so as to counter media ...
Salafis, salafism and modern salafism: what lies behind a term?
The use of the term Salafi and Salafism in the contemporary period is ambiguous and in many ways confusing. The pivotal question of who or what group qualifies as Salafi remains in dispute. What is Salafism and who are the ...
Fighting Islamic State: Getting Down To Root Causes
The international community’s countering of Islamic State should not just focus on neutralising violent jihadism but also addressing its root causes and translating that notion into policy.
Mullah Umar's death: implications of Taliban leader's demise
The death of the Taliban leader Mullah Umar will spark a protracted power struggle within the Taliban movement and derail the fledgling peace process between the Taliban and Afghan government. Islamic State will benefit ...
Decoding China's cyber warfare strategies
While conventional, low-intensity, asymmetric, or non-linear conflict scenarios are plausible for East Asia’s strategic flashpoints, the next major conflict involving China will likely start in cyberspace.
Konfrontasi: why Singapore was in forefront of Indonesian attacks
Indonesia’s confrontation of Malaysia in the 1960s saw a campaign of bomb attacks against civilian targets in Singapore including MacDonald House. Several Indonesians were captured, tried and hanged. What was the objective ...
Why ISIS appeals to Muslim women in western countries: need for counter message
The appeal of IS (Islamic State) to young Muslim women in Western countries stems from their psychological vulnerabilities. Several communication strategies are suggested to counter IS propaganda.
Soccer racism in Europe: struggle with transition
Recent instances of soccer-related racism highlights European nations’ tortured transition from relatively homogeneous ethnicity to multicultural immigration societies. They denote a resurgence of entrenched racial attitudes ...
Southeast Asia’s Haze Problem: Why So Hard To Resolve?
Haze from Indonesian fires has again blanketed Singapore and Malaysia. Prevention strategies are improving, but will likely take years to become truly effective.