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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

May 16, 2018

Malaysia
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…

Mahathir_5.12.2018

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

February 27, 2018

Indonesia
The Rise of Islamist Groups in Malaysia and Indonesia

The rise of Islamism in Malaysia and Indonesia could have severe consequences for the two states’ societies, political systems, and overall stability.

Students pray at an Islamic boarding school in Indonesia.

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

November 13, 2017

Philippines
Trump's Visit to the Philippines: A Budding Bromance but Few Positive Outcomes

Part One The meeting between U.S. President Donald J. Trump and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte was highly anticipated, and—for theater—the two leaders did not disappoint. The two leaders hav…

Trump-Duterte_11.12.2017

November 21, 2017

Saudi Arabia
Saudis Are Hoping Mohammed bin Salman Will Drain the Swamp

A road trip among ordinary Saudis revealed high hopes, and hardly any worries, about the country's new political era.

Mohammed bin Salman

October 27, 2017

Southeast Asia
Southeast Asia’s Democratic Decline in the America First Era

President Trump appears little troubled by the sharp democratic decline in Southeast Asia, but the rise of authoritarianism could hurt U.S. interests in the region.

Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha shakes hands with U.S. President Donald J. Trump in Washington, D.C., October 2, 2017.

September 26, 2017

Southeast Asia
2018 Will be a Pivotal Year for Southeast Asian Democracy

Democratic backsliding in Southeast Asia continues, extending a trend that has been at work in the region for more than a decade.

Hun Sen_6.28.2017