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"BN Candidates List Shows it is Serious about Wrestling Kelantan from PAS" by Norshahril Saat

2018/43, 24 April 2018On 23 April, BN (National Front coalition) revealed its candidates for the state of Kelantan for GE 14. This northern Malaysian state has 14 parliament seats and 45 state legislative assembly seats. Since 1990, BN has been the opposition to PAS (Islamic Party of Malaysia) in the…
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"Constructing the Indo-Pacific" by Malcolm Cook

2018/42, 17 April 2018 The most effective regional frameworks are virtuous cycles. They are built on key state-to-state relations among members and reinforce and strengthen these same relations. The Franco-German relationship is seen as the European Union’s foundation and driving force. The post-war major power partnership between the US and…
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"China’s Investment in Malaysian Manufacturing in 2017" by Tham Siew Yean

2018/41, 13 April 2018 Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) recently reported a total of RM197.1 billion of approved investments in the manufacturing, services and primary sectors for the year 2017. Foreign direct investments (FDI) contributed RM54.7 billion, or 27.8% of the total. China continued to be the top FDI source…
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"Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s Visit to China (8 to 12 April 2018)" by Lye Liang Fook

2018/40, 11 April 2018 Singapore Prime Minister (PM) Lee Hsien Loong’s working visit to Beijing, Hainan and Shanghai underscores the importance Singapore attaches to maintaining regular exchanges with China at the highest level. Coming just after China’s Party Congress and its “Two Sessions” in October 2017 and March 2018 respectively,…
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"Trump’s Foreign Policy - Uncertainty Abounds" by Daljit Singh

2018/39, 10 April 2018Donald Trump’s election as President in November 2016 caused great consternation among allies and friends of the US. His ‘’America First’’ slogan portended retreat from America’s alliances, trade protectionism and pull back from multilateral trade agreements. However his first year in office ending in January 2018, in…
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"Malaysia’s GE14 Promises Suspenseful Weeks Ahead" by Lee Hwok-Aun

2018/38, 9 April 2018 Prime Minister Najib Razak dissolved parliament on Saturday, 7 April, paving the way for Malaysia’s 14th general elections. State governments will follow suit in the days ahead, except for Sarawak which held its elections in 2016. The Election Commission will then announce candidate nomination and polling…
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"What drives Vietnam’s public security forces restructuring?" by Le Hong Hiep

2018/37, 6 April 2018 Vietnam’s Ministry of Public Security (MPS) announced on 2 April 2018 that the Politburo of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) had approved a blueprint for the restructuring of the Ministry. The blueprint, prepared by the MPS itself, proposes to abolish the Ministry’s six existing general…
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"North Sumatra’s 2018 gubernatorial election, the key battle-ground which reflects national politics" by Deasy Simandjuntak

2018/36, 6 April 2018On 27 June 2018, Indonesian voters in 171 regions will flock to their local ballots to vote for governors, district-heads and mayors. With 152 million voters this year, it will be one of the largest one-day elections in the world.Regions under contest include Indonesia’s most populous provinces:…
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"A “new generation” leader for Myanmar’s National League for Democracy?" by Ye Htut

2018/35, 5 April 2018Following the surprise resignation of President Htin Kyaw on 21 March 2018, Myanmar’s Parliament elected lower-house speaker Mr Win Myint as President, and swore him in on 30 March. Under Myanmar’s current political set-up, it is relevant to ponder what the role of the new president is.…
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"Caught between a crocodile and a snake, some Rohingya refugees choose the deep blue sea" by Su-Ann Oh

2018/34, 4 April 2018 In the refugee camps in Bangladesh, there is a common saying that the choice between living in Myanmar or fleeing to refugee camps in Bangladesh is akin to that between a crocodile and a snake. Almost 900 000 Rohingya, or Bengali as they are referred to…
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