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U.S. Foreign Policy and Southeast Asia: From Manifest Destiny to Shared Destiny
From post-colonial state to global superpower, America’s relations with Southeast Asia—as with the rest of the world—have been driven by a peculiar sense of “manifest destiny.” Founded upon such transcendent values as ...
Reflections on the 40th SAF day and beyond
The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) is recognised as the ultimate guarantor of Singapore’s peace, security, prosperity, strategic interests and sovereignty. However, the character, if not the nature of this role must be ...
Thailand: politics of continuity and change
Thaksin Shinawatra continues to plague the Abhisit government since the 2006 bloodless coup. Thailand is in tension as the threat of protests from Thaksin’s Red Shirts loom in what appears to be another attempt to overthrow ...
Sarkozy and the Burqa: A New Policy or Provocation?
French President Sarkozy’s recent remarks that the burqa is not welcomed in France have spurred many negative and even defensive responses from Muslims not only in France but also across the world. Why so?
Demystifying the Shariah Debate in Southeast Asia: A case study of Aceh
The passing of the Anti-Adultery Bill in Aceh has sparked concerns of growing intolerance and rigidity amongst Muslims in the country and that pluralism and human rights are being threatened. Such reactions may be unnecessarily ...
Afghanistan: when the war is unwinnable
As the West place more troops in Afghanistan, there are lessons to be learned from history. Avoid making the same mistakes that others made in the past, for otherwise the war will not be won.
The Fatal Allure of Extremist Logic: Syaifudin Zuhri and the July 17 Suicide Bombers
Syaifudin Zuhri Djaelani was killed on October 9 during a police raid near Jakarta. Emerging details of how he recruited suicide bombers suggest that perhaps it is less the disaffected but more the intellectually curious ...