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The Islamic opposition in Malaysia : new trajectories and directions?
The shattering defeat of PAS in the 2004 general elections, while holding on to the reins of government in the state of Kelantan by a tiny majority, heralded an era of introspection for party leaders and strategists. PAS ...
The implementation of Islamic law in contemporary Malaysia : prospects and problems
While the Federal Constitution of Malaysia readily proclaims Islam to be Malaysia's official religion, opinions have fiercely diverged among legal scholars and practitioners as to how substantive should the relevant clause ...
Australia and climate change : the changing weather in climate politics
The rise of Julia Gillard as Australia’s prime minister has given Kevin Rudd the dubious honour of being probably the first political leader to fall victim to climate change. What does this mean for Asia’s drive to ...
Afghanistan and peace-building : where to after Ashdown?
Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai’s refusal to accept Paddy Ashdown as the United nation’s ‘super envoy’ raises questions about the future of that mission, and more generally the difficulty of post-conflict peace-building.
Security in the South China Sea : China's balancing act and new regional dynamics
In essence, Chinese policies over the South China Sea (SCS) disputes since the mid 1990s can be characterized as trying to strike a balance between sovereignty, development and security interests. China, like other disputants, ...
Soft power in Chinese discourse : popularity and prospect
This paper attempts to analyze the Chinese discourse on soft power and address these majour issues: How do the Chinese elite understand and interpret soft power? Why is there sucha a strong interest in soft power in ...
Japan-Korea relations and the Tokdo/Takeshima dispute : the interplay of nationalism and natural resources
The Tokdo/Takeshima dispute has remained a major irritant in Japan-Korea relations, preventing a deepening of diplomatic ties. This paper claims that the dynamics of the dispute have been informed by nationalism and ...