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Asia Watch: Tightening the net

The region’s thousands of islands and dense, mountainous jungles present acute security challenges. After beginning coordinated air and sea patrols in 2017 and agreeing to enhanced intelligence sharing last year, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines will launch joint ground exercises in August

Asia Watch: The other side of the coin

Faced with intractable antagonism in much of the Middle East and cooling relations with many European Union countries, Israel has found a largely pragmatic Asia presenting new opportunities and huge new markets.

AIJAC expresses horror at the murderous terrorism in Sri Lanka

No words are sufficient to convey our horror at the murderous terrorism in Sri Lanka, in which hundreds of innocent children, men and women in prayer were among those who had their lives taken in almost unparalleled acts of barbarism.

Asia Watch: New beginnings, familiar threats

Despite the inauguration of a newly reformed autonomous Muslim region in the southern Philippines in late February, few were under any illusion that an era of peace and prosperity had suddenly swept in.

Fake News and consequences

Survey results show nearly 45% of 1,116 Indonesian respondents say they receive fake news and hoaxes every day, and that some 30% of respondents say they have difficulty checking the truth of such reports.

Asia Watch: A vote for peace

Regardless of the poll result, militant groups retain the power to create havoc with their attacks and potentially destabilise local governance structures. 

Asia Watch: App not compatible

The app issue occurs in the context of an ongoing debate about the Islamisation of national political debates.

Asia Watch: The next round in Thai south

In the wake of a Thai-Malaysian leaders summit and the appointment of new negotiators, official pronouncements of a “new era” in the peace process sound premature.

Asia Watch: Following the Script

Anwar Ibrahim clinched a landslide victory in a by-election, setting the scene for an intriguing next chapter as Prime Minister Mahathir Mohammad serves a (promised) two-year term as PM while his supposed successor waits in the wings. 

Asia Watch: Better a Friend than an Enemy?

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte’s visit to Israel was certain to make waves – if not for the fact that it was the first visit of a Philippines president to the Jewish state, then certainly due to the nature of the man himself

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