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Avenging Christchurch Terror : Indonesian Militant Responses
The March 2019 massacre at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand by a white supremacist has sparked retaliatory messages from Islamist militants in Indonesia. Outrage from the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS) and its ...
Post-Lee Kuan Yew World : Is His Strategic Vision Still Relevant?
Singapore’s founding prime minister Lee Kuan Yew shaped the country’s foreign policy since its independence in 1965. But the world has changed much with the shifting geopolitical balance of power and disruptions caused by ...
Singapore’s Total Defence : Overcoming Complacency
The absence of terror attacks in Singapore has led many Singaporeans to become complacent about the threat landscape. This could in turn, undermine national crisis preparedness. How can Singaporeans avoid this complacency mindset?
Indonesia’s New Halal Law : Impact on the Political Economy
Indonesia’s new halal certification law will be implemented by the end of 2019. What are the implications of the upcoming halal law on the country’s political economy and on Indonesia’s ambition to be a global halal hub?
2019 Jolo Bombing : Bid to Derail BOL Peace Deal?
The 27 January attack by the Abu Sayyaf Group on a Catholic church in Jolo seemed to signal that not all groups in the southern Philippines support the Bangsamoro Organic Law peace deal.
International Humanitarian Assistance : What Must Change
For decades, international humanitarian assistance has been a supply-driven enterprise of rich countries funding multilateral and international organisations to distribute aid in poor and fragile states. To be more ...
Indonesian Presidential Election 2019 – Politics at the Periphery : The ‘Outer Island’ Phenomenon
West Kalimantan, despite being perceived as provincial, provides crucial insights into patterns of politics that lie outside the purview of Jakarta.
Brexit & Southeast Asia : Return of British Naval Presence?
Although it should not be exaggerated, a persistent British naval presence in Southeast Asia should be expected now that commitments to Iraq and Afghanistan have reduced.
Indonesian Presidential Election 2019 – Old Soldiers Never Die : Retired Officers Behind Jokowi, Prabowo
Several retired senior military officers have declared their support for either incumbent President Joko Widodo or his challenger Prabowo Subianto in the upcoming April 2019 presidential election. How will support of these ...
Indonesian Presidential Election 2019 – Jokowi’s Chances in Post-Kalla South Sulawesi
Jusuf Kalla’s elusive support for Joko Widodo (Jokowi) along with strong backing from Islamist groups for Prabowo Subianto does not bode well for Jokowi’s chances in South Sulawesi. Growing discontent towards old established ...