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Morrison’s Mid-East announcements: the wash-up

The dust finally seems to have settled on Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s recent Middle East announcements and it is now possible to take a clear view.

Yossi Kuperwasser on Jerusalem and the peace process

AIJAC guest Brig. Gen. Yossi Kuperwasser of the Jerusalem Centre for Public Affairs discusses embassy moves to Jerusalem and Israeli-Palestinian relations.

Scare Trade

Fast forward ten months to today, and we can now fairly evaluate the PLO’s cardamom boycott in two words: Epic fail. Guatemala’s cardamom continues to be in high demand globally. 

AIJAC leaders meet with Prime Minister Scott Morrison

The Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council's (AIJAC) National Chairman Mark Leibler, Executive Director Dr. Colin Rubenstein and longstanding supporter Solomon Lew met with Australian...

Indonesia – exporter of Islam

With identity politics, particularly Islamic politics, proving an effective and influential vehicle for his potential political rivals, it’s likely that Jokowi is increasingly feeling the need to demonstrate and bolster his own Islamic credentials

Asia Watch: Choice of necessity

In an election that will feature the same contenders as last time, Indonesian President Joko Widodo and opponent Prabowo Subianto both waited until the August 10 deadline to surprise many with their choice of presidential running mates. 

Asia Watch: Hardened Core

While the physical edifice of the “Islamic State” in Iraq and Syria has been all but pounded into dust, with hundreds of fighters either killed or in detention camps along the Turkish border, the influence of returned Southeast Asian cadres continues to be felt well beyond the five-month Marawi siege in the Philippines last year.

Asia Watch: It’s sensitive

Following in the footsteps of his esteemed predecessor, NU Secretary-General Yahya Cholil Staquf has completed a four-day visit to Israel... Yahya insisted he was continuing Wahid’s mission to foster world peace and that that he had not broken faith with Indonesia’s traditionally strong support for the Palestinian cause.

Asia Watch: Call and Response

Some five months after Philippine troops flushed out Islamic State-aligned militants in the southern city of Marawi, recent military-militant clashes show the Islamic State's local affiliates have regrouped and spread since last year's siege, still gaining recruits and threatening once again to become a rallying point for jihadists across the region. But the persistent regional threat has spurred ASEAN countries towards greater security cooperation.

The Last Word: Rules of Engagement

Having been asked by the Indonesian Foreign Ministry, via a local imam, to be the main speaker in the synagogue, I can report first hand on the thirst for knowledge on display.

None of the young Indonesians had ever met a Jewish person, nor even imagined being in a synagogue, let alone in a majestic, historic Jewish house of worship.

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