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The legacy of a true friend Categories: Asia, Israel, Op-eds     Author: Colin Rubenstein

Almost uniquely among Muslim leaders and the heads of Muslim states, Wahid was not reticent about his friendship for Israel and his close ties and desire for even closer ones with the Jewish people.

Asia Watch: Business Interests Categories: Asia, Israel     Author: Michael Shannon

While there is no imminent prospect of Indonesia establishing diplomatic relations with Israel, Jakarta's longstanding political stance is no impediment to a burgeoning commercial relationship with the Jewish state.

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Indonesia - The Model for Muslim Democracy Categories: Asia     Author: Paul Wolfowitz

Indonesia's success in building democratic institutions in just 10 years is equally remarkable. It is yet another demonstration of the appeal of free institutions, in this case to people with East Asian value systems and in a country with the largest Muslim population in the world.

Essay: The Rebound Categories: Asia, Egypt, Islamic Extremism, Lebanon, Terrorism     Author: Zachary Abuza

Jemaah Islamiah has for more than 15 years fought to transform Indonesia into an Islamist state. In recent years, its terrorist campaign has suffered setbacks. As Jemaah Islamiah regroups, it builds upon the experience of Middle East terrorist groups.

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Asia Watch: Witness Protection Categories: Asia, Iraq, Islamic Extremism, Lebanon, Middle East     Author: Michael Shannon

What was a small news item back in November blew-up in a big way at the height of the Israeli military offensive in Gaza. The Indonesian internet was abuzz for several weeks as Islamist-oriented websites like Hidayatullah.com, Arrahmah.com and Eramuslim.com attacked Muhammadiyah for its supposed tie

Asia Watch: Signing On Categories: Asia, Israel, Palestinians, Terrorism     Author: Michael Shannon

Indonesia continues to play an intriguing role in Israeli-Palestinian matters, issuing the time-honoured declarations of support for Palestinian self-determination and condemnations of Israeli conduct, while at the same time developing further unofficial links with the Jewish state.

The JI Files Categories: Asia, Islamic Extremism, Lebanon, Terrorism     Author: Allon Lee

In the six years since Jemaah Islamiah (JI) carried out the deadly October 12 bombing of a Bali nightclub that claimed 202 lives, Indonesia has made great strides in tackling terror. But according to some of the world's top terrorism experts, the job will remain incomplete until Indonesia proscribes

Asia Watch: Mixed Messages Categories: Anti-Zionism, Antisemitism, Asia, Israel, Palestinians     Author: Michael Shannon

There were, as usual, some mixed signals from Indonesia as Israelis and Palestinians alike paused to consider 60 years of the Jewish state. The lead negative item was an international anti-Zionist conference at the University of Indonesia in Depok, West Java, held to coincide with the anniversary ce

From Tokyo to Tel Aviv Categories: Asia, Israel     Author: Yehonathan Tommer

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's four-day visit to Japan in late February re-emphasised the increasingly warm and intimate ties developing between Israel and Japan in recent years. The growing warmth reflects interlocking economic synergies reinforced by more than a decade of practical Japanese support

Asia Watch: "Out, Damned Spot!" Categories: Asia     Author: Michael Shannon

It's a sad commentary on much of the Islamic world that anyone seen to have a connection, however tenuous, with Israel or Jews is tainted and obliged to furiously deny any such link. So it was when Anwar Ibrahim, de facto leader of Malaysia's People's Justice Party (PKR), felt compelled to refute

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