Podcast / 09.10.2007

Opposition movements from Africa to Russia and beyond are making news about their struggle. In this first in a series of conversations about opposition movements Bridget Welsh of the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University in Maryland says the monks demonstrating on the streets of Myanmar are...

News & Commentary / 11.06.2007

In 2005 the Young Turks in PAS led by deputy president Nasharudin Mat Isa swept to power, bringing a promise of greater dialogue and engagement. They aimed to re-brand the party to strengthen its national electoral position, with the hope of expanding its support reminiscent of the heyday 'reformasi' era....

News & Commentary / 25.09.2006

From Time Asia When the cat’s away, the mice will play. And play they did last week in Thailand. In a bloodless coup led by General Sonthi Boonyaratglin, the military ousted Thaksin Shinawatra from power while he was attending the U.N. General Assembly in New York City. ...

News & Commentary / 10.08.2005

Less than four months ago, Terence Gomez's forced resignation raised a series of issues about problems in higher education - inadequate salaries, biased appointments and promotions, over-politicitized university management, limits on academic freedom, and, in some cases, gross administrative incompetence. After robust debate, Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi wisely intervened to correct the...

News & Commentary / 16.06.2005

With the election of dynamic young professional leaders to key leadership positions within Islamic Party PAS, change is clearly in the air. Older stalwarts were replaced by a younger cohort of politicians committed to political pragmatism, including working with non-Muslims. The dynamic new deputy party leader, Nasharudin Mat Isa, three non-ulama...