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Global Fight Against IS: Singapore’s Role in Counter-Terrorism
On 2 August 2016, the Prime Minister of Singapore announced the state’s intention to enhance its support for the global coalition to fight against Islamic State (IS). This has raised concerns that it would make the island ...
Two Years Under Jokowi – Jokowi’s Power Consolidation: At What Cost?
Starting weak, over the course of two years, Indonesia’s seventh president Joko Widodo (Jokowi), has been able to solidify his power. This victory, however, has come at several costs.
Kim Jong Nam’s Death: What It Means For Malaysia
Two months since the death of North Korean Kim Jong Nam at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport, investigations continue into who orchestrated the attack. What are the implications of this case for Malaysian foreign ...
Najib’s Mother of All Budgets: Gearing Up For 14th General Election
The Najib government’s Budget for 2018 is widely seen as a feel-good package geared for the upcoming general election. This contrasts with the opposition coalition’s emphasis on good governance in its Alternative Budget. ...
Australia’s Foreign Policy White Paper: Dealing with Uncertainty
The new Australian Foreign Policy White Paper sets an agenda that seeks to balance Australia’s economic and security interests between a more powerful China, its major trading partner, and a less certain United States, its ...
TNI’s Role in Counterterrorism: Impact On Military Reform
Lawmakers in Indonesia are currently revising an existing anti-terrorism law. The proposed legislation will give TNI, the Indonesian armed forces, a more direct role in combatting terrorism. This may pose a hurdle to ...
ISIS' Amin Baco: Tri-border Emir in Southeast Asia
The recent recapture of Marawi City by Philippine security forces which led to the death of Isnilon Hapilon has thrown up a new emir or leader, Amin Baco. A Malaysian from Sabah, who is Amin Baco?
Russia’s Interest in North Korea Crisis
Apart from China, Russia is the only other country that can help resolve the North Korean nuclear crisis. The prevention of an outbreak of hostilities and introduction of durable stability are in the interests of the ...
Islamic Defenders Front : An Ideological Evolution?
The Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) has gained a reputation as one of the most outspoken hardline Islamist groups in Indonesia today. It has evolved from a vigilante group into an organisation with a coherent ideology and ...
Humanitarian Action & Coordination – Humanitarian Technology : Balancing Protection with Flexibility
New technologies present regulatory questions. This is no less true of technologies deployed in humanitarian settings. But disaster contexts raise unique regulatory challenges. Addressing them requires balancing competing ...