Category: Malaysia

Will U.S. support Malaysia’s fragile democratic experiment?

     

The breakout of real democracy in a Muslim-majority Asian country has gone largely unnoticed here in Washington, but we ignore it at our own peril. Malaysia’s fragile democratic experiment is a crucial… Read more »

Making Democracy Work in Malaysia

     

Malaysia’s political landscape took on a new hue after the 14th General Election (GE14) on May 9, 2018. The Alliance of Hope or Pakatan Harapan (PH) won the 2018 election,… Read more »

Malaysia’s democratic opportunity can still be squandered

     

In a world struggling with resurgent authoritarianism, Malaysia is a bright spot, notes Council on Foreign Relations analyst Joshua Kurlantzick. Yet Malaysia’s government is now in danger of frittering away the… Read more »

Malaysia’s ‘democratic disruption’ – and why it matters

     

  Malaysia is somewhat of a puzzle, notes Marvin C. Ott, senior scholar at the Wilson Center and visiting professor at Johns Hopkins University. The Federation, as it is also… Read more »

Aiding autocrats: China’s ‘sharp power’ at work

     

Chinese telecommunications company ZTE has been helping Venezuela’s autocratic government construct an advanced citizen surveillance program, Slate’s Mia Armstrong reports. A Reuters investigation published Wednesday provides a detailed look into the development… Read more »

Sri Lanka turmoil points to China’s ‘new colonialism’

     

The surest way to lose an election in south Asia is to be too enthusiastic about China’s Belt and Road Initiative. Wherever Chinese influence has grown, governments have turned more… Read more »

When democracies collapse, what remains?

     

When democracy erodes, what remains? When a democracy backslides, where does it wind up? When democracy dies, what is born? asks Dan Slater, a Professor of Political Science and Director… Read more »

China’s Belt and Road initiative: lessons from Malaysia and Pakistan

     

China’s Belt and Road Initiative has been described by President Xi Jinping as the “project of the century.” But with resistance growing, the vulnerabilities of China’s ascent are beginning to reveal opportunities for… Read more »

Media reform in the ‘New Malaysia’ (as Bangladesh backtracks)

     

On May 9th, 2018, Najib Razak’s United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) Government was defeated in general elections that stunned the world. Today, nearly five months on, the International Federation of… Read more »

Asia’s democracies: ‘still a force to be reckoned with’?

     

Recent months have seen questions about the long-term prospects for democracy in Asia come into focus once again, the Atlantic Council’s Asia Security Initiative observes. While Southeast Asia has seen… Read more »