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"Transforming Proton: Can Geely Do It and At What Costs?" by Tham Siew Yean

2017/61, 23 October 2017 The sale of Proton to Geely in 2017 marks another new attempt to transform Proton from a lagging national car company to a global player. The appointment of Dr. Li Chunrong as the new CEO of Proton at end September is an important shift towards this…
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"Anies Baswedan Takes Top Jakarta Office Amidst Controversy Over Pribumi Comments" by Charlotte Setijadi

2017/60, 20 October 2017 On 16 October 2017, Anies Baswedan was sworn in as Jakarta’s new governor at a high-profile swearing-in ceremony. Along with his Deputy Sandiaga Uno, Baswedan won a religiously and racially charged Jakarta election that ultimately saw former ethnic Chinese Christian incumbent governor Basuki ‘Ahok’ Tjahaja Purnama…
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"President Duterte’s Ordinary Challenge" by Malcolm Cook

2017/59, 10 October 2017 Much of the analysis of the Duterte presidency has focussed on what makes it extraordinary: Duterte benefitted from what appeared to be extraordinarily high approval and trust ratings across all geographical and demographic sub-groups. In his first year in the presidential palace, Duterte had net satisfaction…
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"Thailand’s Rebalancing or “Shopping Diplomacy” for Legitimacy?" by Pongphisoot Busbarat

2017/58, 6 October 2017The visit of Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to Washington from 2 to 4 October 2017 signalled the normalisation of Thai-US relations since the coup in 2014. On the surface, it looked as if Bangkok is trying to rebalance its foreign policy to Washington. But, on closer…
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"Malaysia Drowns Out ASEAN’s Collective Voice on the Rakhine Issue" by Tang Siew Mun

2017/57, 1 October 2017 After weeks of deafening silence, ASEAN finally found its voice on the unfolding humanitarian crisis in the Rakhine State of Myanmar. Acting as the ASEAN Chair, the Philippines issued the “ASEAN Chairman’s Statement on the Humanitarian Situation on Rakhine State” on 23 September. The Statement, which…
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"Najib-Trump meeting: A Boon or Bane for Malaysia’s Domestic Audience?" by Norshahril Saat

2017/56, 13 September 2017 All eyes are set on the meeting between Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak and US President Donald Trump. The meeting, to mark 60 years of bilateral relations, mainly centres on security and investment ties between the two countries. However, the meeting between the two leaders will…
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"Moro Counter-terrorism" by Malcolm Cook

2017/55, 12 September 2017 The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), the largest insurgent group in Muslim Mindanao and the one that has been involved in peace negotiations with the Philippine government for the past two decades, has stepped up its ‘armed offensives’ against local Islamic State-affiliated terrorist groups. This is…
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"Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Rohingya Seeking Refuge in Bangladesh" by Su-Ann Oh

2017/54, 5 September 2017The maelstrom of militant attacks, civilian reprisals and government security crackdowns in western Rakhine, Myanmar has brought about another surge of Rohingya arrivals, or Bengalis as the local population calls them, in Bangladesh. It has been reported that almost 90 000 have crossed into Bangladesh, with between…
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"The Downward Spiral of Violence in Rakhine State, Myanmar" by Su-Ann Oh

2017/53, 31 August 2017Tensions in western Rakhine State, Myanmar have escalated to a potential tipping point. This past weekend, 30 police posts and an army base were attacked by the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA), resulting in the death of more than 100 people, mostly militants. This comes on the…
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"Realities of the Rakhine Issue in Myanmar" by Ye Htut

2017/52, 29 August 2017 On 23 August 2016 Myanmar’s de facto leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi announced the formation of an Advisory Commission on Rakhine State. This Commission, established on 5 September 2016, is led by former Secretary-General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan, and with three international and…
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