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May 10, 2018

Southeast Asia
Mahathir_5.10.2018 Can Mahathir Mohamad be Malaysia’s First Democratically Elected Prime Minister?

By Thomas Pepinsky On May 9, Malaysian voters delivered a stunning defeat to the incumbent Barisan Nasional (BN, “National Front”) regime. Since independence in 1957, Malaysia has been ruled by a …

December 27, 2013

Middle East and North Africa
chatah Mohamad Chatah, R.I.P.

Mohamad Chatah was killed by terrorists in Beirut today. Chatah was a former ambassador to the United States and minister of finance, and chief adviser to Fouad Siniora when Siniora was prime ministe…

May 16, 2018

Malaysia
Mahathir_5.12.2018 The Strategic Implications of Malaysia’s Election Stunner

By Richard Javad Heydarian Malaysia’s recent national election was a stunner for many reasons. Not only did the election return a nonagenarian to power, but it also ended the six-decades-long on…

May 14, 2018

Southeast Asia
Anwar Ibrahim_10.12.2016 Malaysia’s Stunning Election Creates More Questions Rather Than Answers

In a result few pollsters and analysts (including myself) predicted, last week the Malaysian opposition coalition, led by nonagenarian former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, defeated the ruling coal…

May 10, 2018

Southeast Asia
Mahathri_5.9.2018 Initial Questions About the Malaysian Election Upset

Part 1 Earlier this week, the opposition coalition in Malaysia pulled off a dramatic upset, ending the ruling coalition’s grip on political power, which has lasted since Malaysia’s independence fr…

April 9, 2018

Malaysia
Malaysian Prime Minister Malaysia’s Upcoming General Election: What to Expect

Last week, Malaysian prime minister Najib tun Razak dissolved parliament and called a general election, which will now occur no more than sixty days after April 7, the day of dissolution. Najib and o…

November 17, 2017

Lebanon
King Salman meets with Saad Hariri in Riyadh. Saudi Arabia’s Lebanon Gambit

Saudi Arabia pressed Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri to resign to try to weaken Iran-backed Hezbollah in Lebanon. The path to resolving the crisis could run through Yemen.

February 27, 2018

Southeast Asia
Najib-12.22.2017 Islamist Groups Could Swing Malaysian and Indonesian Elections

After months of speculation, many signs indicate that Malaysia will hold its national elections in late April or early May. According to reports in the Malaysian press, the country’s election commiss…

December 28, 2017

Southeast Asia
Hun Sen_12.3.2017 Events in Southeast Asia to Watch in 2018

Part One Southeast Asia, like many parts of the world, had a turbulent 2017, with many of the biggest challenges related to a rollback in rights and democracy, and the strength of populism in the …