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Assessing 12-year military reform in Indonesia : major strategic gaps for the next stage of reform
The Indonesian military remains one of the most crucial institutions in a democratising Indonesia and continues to be a key factor in any discussion regarding the future of the country. Forced to withdraw from formal ...
Waging peace in Mindanao : the Aquino way
The resumption of the peace talks marks the first attempt of President Benigno C. Aquino III to end the separatist conflict in Mindanao despite factional divides that threaten the negotiation process. A key aspect is the ...
A new 'Sultan' of Sulu in Malaysia : implications for politics and bilateral ties
For decades there have been many contenders to the title of the Sultan of Sulu. Recently a Malaysian citizen has proclaimed himself to be the ‘real Sultan of Sulu’. The consequences of this proclamation will be felt in ...
Post Sarawak elections : the sway of chinese voters
Malaysia’s ruling coalition, Barisan Nasional, won two-thirds of seats contested in the recently held Sarawak state elections but suffered an erosion of Chinese voter support. Such a trend will only deepen communal politics ...
Sudan after the referendum
Although the January 2011 referendum in southern Sudan will inevitably confirm that the South wishes to secede from the North, stark challenges face the two new states. If not managed carefully, renewed north-south and/or ...
Myanmar's 'civilian' government : one month on
One month into office, President Thein Sein’s government has been sending mixed signals on reform. Many challenges remain for the fledgling government. How should ASEAN respond to this “new” face of the ruling elite in Myanmar?
The hijacking of the MV Zirku : a case study in shipping security
The recent hijacking of the crude oil tanker MV Zirku in the Arabian Sea bears some interesting lessons for shipping security.
Osama bin Laden is dead
Now that Osama bin Laden is dead, the big question to ask is whether global terrorism will die with him. What did bin Laden leave behind?
China and global food security : conflicting notions
China is central to international efforts to address the global food security challenge. However the Chinese interpretation of the concept of Food Security is problematic: it is outdated and diverges from the international norm.
China's food security : questioning the numbers
The Chinese authorities pointed to its seven consecutive years of grain harvests and huge grain reserves to comfort those who worry about its food security. Yet, to some, that seems too good to be true.