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May 10, 2018

Southeast Asia
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…

Mahathri_5.9.2018

April 9, 2018

Malaysia
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…

Malaysian Prime Minister

February 27, 2018

Southeast Asia
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…

Najib-12.22.2017

December 28, 2017

Southeast Asia
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 …

Hun Sen_12.3.2017

September 30, 2016

Malaysia
Malaysia’s Parties Prepare for 2018 Elections

Two days ago, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib tun Razak told reporters that he would not call national elections until 2018, when his parliament’s term runs out. As The Diplomat recently reported, som…

mahathir-ibrahim

April 27, 2011

A Hamas-Fatah Coalition?

Left: Khaled Meshal, leader of the militant Palestinian group Hamas (Khaled Al Hariri/Courtesy Reuters). Right: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (Mohamad Torokman/Courtesy Reuters). There are new…

Khaled Meshal, leader of the militant Palestinian group Hamas and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

July 20, 2016

Malaysia
The Impact of the U.S. Justice Department 1MDB Announcement on Malaysian Politics

I could write a six hundred word blog before getting to the point here, but I will get right to it: The 1MDB asset seizure is likely to have minimal impact on Malaysian domestic politics. To recap … …

1MDB-seizure

June 28, 2016

Cambodia
Cambodia’s Turn Toward Authoritarianism (Again)

Over the past year, any hopes that Cambodia, where national elections almost led to a change in government three years ago, was headed toward a democratic transition, have been fully dashed. Prime Mi…

Hun Sen

March 1, 2016

Malaysia
Malaysia’s Institutions Come Unraveled

On Saturday, as the Diplomat reported, Malaysia’s former deputy prime minister, Muhyiddin Yassin, released a statement on Facebook warning that the country was slipping into dictatorship. Yassin lash…

Muhyiddin Yassin-Mahathir Mohamad-Malaysia