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Essay: Unexplored Possibilities

Essay: Unexplored Possibilities Categories: Asia, Israel     Author: Andrea Nadel

The current growing economic, political and military strength of numerous Asian countries has led observers to refer to the "Asian Century," and the world has taken notice. Indonesia exemplifies Asia's ascendancy: as the world's most populous Muslim-majority nation, it has experienced significant ec

Asia Watch: State of Tension Categories: Asia     Author: Michael Shannon

In Malaysia today, it seems that being sympathetic to the Palestinian cause is not enough - especially if you are Christian and (even worse) have visited the Holy Land, which means entering Israel.

Israel looks to Asia's next generation

Israel looks to Asia's next generation Categories: Asia, Israel     Author: Yehonathan Tommer

In recent years, Israel has been coming to sees its future as increasingly linked with Asia. This fact is underscored by changing strategic realities, the region's influential emergent economies, and American and European woes in an unresolved global financial crisis. Three of the world's largest ec

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Asia Watch: Both sides of the coin

Asia Watch: Both sides of the coin Categories: Asia     Author: Michael Shannon

Over the past decade, Indonesia's counter-terror operations have been undeniably effective, with all of the key Jemaah Islamiah (JI) leaders either dead or behind bars. The successes pile up, yet the extremism and intolerance that provided the basis of the worst acts of terror still finds expression

Thailand's slow-burn insurgency heats up

Thailand's slow-burn insurgency heats up Categories: Asia, Terrorism     Author: Zachary Abuza

On March 31, a series of coordinated bombings, the likes that have not been seen since 2007, rocked the Southern Thai cities of Yala and Hat Yai. These attacks were spectacular and garnered both domestic and international media attention. While a wakeup call to the international community and the T

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The Last Word: RID-ing against Intolerance

The Last Word: RID-ing against Intolerance Categories: Asia, Australasia, Interfaith Dialogue     Author: Jeremy Jones

A visit to Semarang, the largest city in Central Java, is in many ways an assault on the senses. The humidity, with searing heat and blustery winds, is unavoidable, as are the blinding colours and the food which comes in two varieties - syrupy sweet or hot and spicy. My recent trip, to participate

New Leadership and Old Tricks from Pyongyang

New Leadership and Old Tricks from Pyongyang Categories: Asia, International Security     Author: Nir Reichental

Imagine the following terrifying scenario for the international community - a rogue, impoverished country armed to the teeth with doomsday weaponry, a regime infamous for its belligerence, yet one whose perceptions of reality and decision-making processes are a mystery. Let us further imagine such a

A political storm over Israel in Malaysia

A political storm over Israel in Malaysia Categories: Asia, Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Michael Shannon

A political storm in Malaysia over controversial remarks by opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim's on Israel has not yet come to a close. Back in January, a war of words erupted between Anwar and several top government officials, including his former mentor Dr. Mahathir Mohammed, regarding Malaysia's po

Editorial: The Asian Connection Categories: Asia, Israel     Author: Colin Rubenstein

As Netanyahu attempted to point out, the assumption that Israel is becoming more isolated in recent years makes sense only if one's focus is mainly on a segment of opinion in Western Europe - ignoring the US, Eastern Europe and Israel's renewal of old ties in Sub-Saharan African. But a most importan

Enhancing Israel-Asia relations

Enhancing Israel-Asia relations Categories: Asia, Israel, Op-eds     Author: Colin Rubenstein

Israeli President Shimon Peres's groundbreaking visit to Vietnam in November with a delegation of more than 60 prominent Israelis, including two government ministers and leading figures in finance, industry, agriculture and defense was a landmark event. The delegation was given a rousing welcome, in

The Last Word: Malays' Malaise

The Last Word: Malays' Malaise Categories: Antisemitism, Asia, Libya     Author: Jeremy Jones

On a different scale, but in some ways belonging to the same brand of journalism, was a piece in the Sydney Morning Herald: "A sex guide from Malaysia's Obedient Wives".The article delivered, as one expert on Malaysia put it, "some richly deserved ridicule" - reporting the "Obedient Wives Club's sex

Asia Watch: The Elephant in the Room Categories: Asia, Islamic Extremism, Terrorism     Author: Michael Shannon

Concerns about growing religious intolerance in Indonesia have been heightened in recent weeks in the wake of violent attacks and restrictive local laws, but legislative moves appear unlikely to address the core problem. Some recent scene-setting events demonstrate the scope of the problem.More tha

Indonesia's backlash against Saudi-style Islam

Indonesia's backlash against Saudi-style Islam Categories: Asia, Saudi Arabia, Updates     Author: Michael Shannon

The beheading of Ruyati binti Satubi - an Indonesian maid executed by Saudi authorities in June for the killing of an allegedly abusive Saudi employer - has stirred such revulsion in Indonesia that Islamic leaders there are openly challenging the harsh, Wahhabist creed of Islam that has gained a foo

Asia Watch: The Old Bogeyman

Asia Watch: The Old Bogeyman Categories: Antisemitism, Asia     Author: Michael Shannon

One of the most reliable indices of political heat in Malaysia is when the spectre of Jews or Israel is invoked to discredit domestic political enemies. That no instance seems too far-fetched is an interesting indicator of how Jews are perceived in a country with no Jewish population of its own - a

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