Malaysia’s mess is Mahathir-made

Malaysia’s mess is Mahathir-made

At least embattled Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak is right about one thing. The current mess in Malaysian politics is the making of his greatest nemesis, Mahathir Mohamad, who led the Southeast Asian nation with an iron fist from 1981–2003. What Najib fails to fathom is that Mahathir has not produced this mess by criticising […]

Asean Doesn’t Have AEC Foundations in Place Yet

Asean Doesn’t Have AEC Foundations in Place Yet

The Asean Economic Community (AEC) is set to begin at the end of 2015. It is a significant step forward and could be a crucial turning point for Asean. But without a strong central authority and mandate Asean integration will remain in a mess and the AEC remain an illusion. The goal of the AEC […]

The Race to a Risky Trans-Pacific Partnership Deal

The Race to a Risky Trans-Pacific Partnership Deal

The largest hurdle for the 12-member Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement — the US president’s ability to get Trade Promotion Authority, or fast track — has been cleared. Many people think that the TPP can be wrapped up in a few months. There are still difficult issues to resolve, but they are trivial compared to the […]

Small Asean States Deserve Big-Picture Security Leadership

Small Asean States Deserve Big-Picture Security Leadership

As defence chiefs from 26 countries gathered for the annual Shangri-La Dialogue security summit in Singapore in May, all eyes were on the US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter and his Chinese counterpart Admiral Sun Jianguo, Deputy Chief of the General Staff of People’s Liberation Army (PLA). As expected, maritime disputes in the South China […]

Corruption Scandal Divides Malaysia’s Political Elite

Corruption Scandal Divides Malaysia’s Political Elite

Malaysian Prime Minister and Finance Minister Najib Razak faces explosive allegations of embezzlement, corruption and electoral manipulation that go to the very core of his leadership and the legitimacy of his government. United Malays National Organisation (UMNO), Najib’s political party, and Malaysia itself have been plunged into yet another crisis. The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) […]

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