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Aspiring regional power: Indonesian foreign policy under next president
Whether it is Prabowo Subianto or Joko Widodo, Indonesia’s next president will have to deal with an increasingly assertive China. Tensions in the South China Sea will be his first major test.
Malaysia’s Regime Change : Evolving Post-Election Scenarios
The shocking fall of the UMNO-led Barisan Nasional government in the recent general election was not only historic but also game-changing. As Malaysians usher in a new era, three evolving scenarios are worth watching.
Sealing the Mahathir-Anwar Alliance: Will They Unseat Najib?
One-time allies who parted ways acrimoniously, Mahathir Mohamad and Anwar Ibrahim have finally sealed the revival of their once effective political partnership. Their common goal of removing PM Najib Razak through the ...
RSIS Series on Malaysia's 14th General Election - GE14 & the Future of Malay Politics
This general election is poised to be game-changing, at the core of which will be the future of Malay politics. Will it resist the undercurrents of change? Or will Malay politics in Malaysia take a new turn, bringing along ...
In Conversation With Anwar Ibrahim : On Mahathir, Reconciliation & Political Transition
On Malaysia’s National Day recently, Anwar Ibrahim, Malaysia’s prime minister-in-waiting, received RSIS Senior Fellow Yang Razali Kassim at his office near Kuala Lumpur. In this first of a two-part conversation, he talks ...
Anwar’s Rise, Fall and Rise Again : Tests in Malaysia’s Succession
While Prime Minister Mahathir rebuilds the country, his designated successor, Anwar Ibrahim, is laying the ground for the agreed political transition in about two years’ time. The recent election in Anwar’s party had, ...
Malaysian Politics: ‘Mother of All Battles’ Shaping Up
Malaysia’s besieged leader Najib Razak claims to have turned around his political fortunes despite the 1MDB scandal. While UMNO is increasingly confident of facing the coming general election, the ground may be far from sweet.
Is Malaysia Tilting Towards China?
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak visited China in November 2016 where he signed a series of deals, including a significant defence agreement, raising concerns that Malaysia could be veering away from its partnership ...
In Conversation With Anwar Ibrahim (2) : His Vision, New Malaysia, Regeneration and the Region
Yang Razali Kassim continues his conversation with Anwar Ibrahim, Malaysia’s prime minister-in-waiting. In this second part, the president-elect of Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR), the biggest component of the ruling Pakatan ...
US-China Conflict : Will ASEAN Centrality Be Derailed?
The US-China trade war is fast escalating into a political one with security implications as US senators re-introduced a sanctions bill to check Beijing on its expansionism in the South China Sea and East China Sea. How ...