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The Last Word: Religion and Conflict

The Last Word: Religion and Conflict Categories: Asia, Interfaith Dialogue     Author: Jeremy Jones

The words were delivered in a matter of fact manner. The speakers were calm, rational, authentic and authoritative.The information the two men shared was spine-chilling. Both were from the Central African Republic. One Christian, one Muslim, each committed to their faith and to the well-being of the

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Abu Sayyaf - Jihadists or ordinary thugs?

Abu Sayyaf - Jihadists or ordinary thugs? Categories: Asia, Islamic Extremism, Terrorism     Author: Zachary Abuza

The Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) has returned to the international spotlight following its July pledge of allegiance to ISIS and its 24 September threat to behead a 71-year-old German hostage unless a US$5.6 million ransom was paid and Germany pledged to quit the coalition attacking the Islamic State. Bot

The significance of the Netanyahu-Modi meeting in New York

The significance of the Netanyahu-Modi meeting in New York Categories: Asia, Israel, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

Israel and India have been gradually developing closer ties since India's formal diplomatic recognition of Israel in 1992. Today Israel is one of the largest military suppliers to India, and Israeli agricultural technologies including drip irrigation are helping feed India's huge population. While t

Israel and Japan sign historic R&D agreement

Israel and Japan sign historic R&D agreement Categories: Asia, India, Israel, Updates     Author: Gabrielle Debinski

Japan's Minister for Economy, Trade and Industry, Toshimitsu Motegi, touched down in Israel on Sunday for an official visit, heading a delegation of senior members of his ministry as well as leading Japanese business people. The trip, which came about through an invitation from Prime Minister Netany

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Asia Watch: Volunteers Abroad Categories: Antisemitism, Asia, Islamic Extremism     Author: Michael Shannon

Indonesian jihadists periodically swarm the streets to noisily proclaim their intention to fight alongside their Muslim brethren in various Middle East hotspots, but these displays seldom result in verifiable action abroad. Now, there is no doubt that Indonesians are joining the procession of jihad

Indonesian Democracy comes to Tunisia

Indonesian Democracy comes to Tunisia Categories: Asia, Tunisia     Author: Dr. Giora Eliraz

Since 2011, Indonesia - home to the largest Muslim community in the world - has been conducting a dialogue on democracy with Egypt and Tunisia. This has largely been triggered by Indonesia's ambition to advance democracy in the Muslim, and especially Arab, states and to prove in the international ar

Naftali Bennett: Israel's pivot to Asia

Naftali Bennett: Israel's pivot to Asia Categories: Asia, Australasia, Israel     Author: Ahron Shapiro

Go East. That's the catchphrase Naftali Bennett, Israel's Economics and Commerce Minister has chosen for his new initiative to shift Israel's strategic and trade focus away from its traditional Western European orientation and towards Asia, the Indian subcontinent and Oceania.

Asia Watch: Rockin' the House

Asia Watch: Rockin' the House Categories: Asia     Author: Michael Shannon

The race to succeed Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono as the next president of Indonesia in 2014 has entered an intriguing phase. While many elements remain in flux, all the talk is of a relatively inexperienced local governor who has not yet declared his intention to run but currently happens to be the most

Asia Watch: Spoiler Alert Categories: Asia     Author: Michael Shannon

The Philippines Government and the largest Islamic rebel group, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), edge ever closer to finalising a comprehensive peace agreement. Yet, as ever, smaller Islamic forces on the sidelines retain the power to ensure that peace in the southern Philippines remains an

Indonesia – The Model?

Indonesia – The Model? Categories: Asia, Egypt     Author: Giora Eliraz

From the very start of the Arab uprisings, more than two-and-a-half years ago, analysts looked to Indonesia, home of the largest Muslim community in the world, to better understand how transitions to democracy could be rendered compatible with Islam and applied to the Middle East. To be sure, Indone

Asia Watch: Race to the Bottom Categories: Asia, Israel     Author: Michael Shannon

A frequent complaint in Australian political commentary is that the level of debate here is pedestrian at best, especially at election time. Indeed, if hyperbole and distortion is the daily gruel of politics worldwide then it has a special flavour in Malaysia, where Israel is invoked on the slightes

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