Search for the moderate Muslim16 December 2014 @ 8:20 AM
LAST Friday, the Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS) Malaysia capped its International Affairs Forum series for 2014 by hosting the ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to Russia, Omar Saif Ghobash for a talk on “Where is the moderate Muslim?”. The choice of the speaker seemed unusual but as pop economics has helped explain elsewhere, outliers can offer a stimulating if not provocative perspective relative to the norm.
Securing Asean’s cyber domain25 November 2014 @ 8:14 AM
THE Naypyidaw Declaration on the Asean Community’s Post-2015 Vision positions Asean as a rules-based and resilient community that is capable of upholding its centrality in the evolving regional architecture.
Equally, an Asean in the years to come should preserve its continued relevance by contributing and responding to global issues of common concern.
Ensuring that the region remains free of weapons of mass destruction is one way of achieving this vision. So, too, is strengthening maritime security and cooperation.
Change will take time21 October 2014 @ 8:11 AM
WITH just five ballots short of the total 192, Malaysia will once again and for the fourth time take its seat as a non-permanent member in the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) for a two-year term beginning Jan 1, 2015.
There was, of course, no real question that we would not secure the seat, given that we were the only candidate from the Asia-Pacific group. It was, therefore, more a matter of how many votes we would be able to draw as an indicative level of support and confidence from among other UN member states.
Countering terrorism through the Net16 September 2014 @ 8:07 AM
RADICAL and extremist websites used to be fairly rudimentary – low on graphics and heavy on text.
For groups ranging from Stormfront to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, the early days of the Internet offered a quick and easy platform to establish presence, disseminate information, and invite benefaction from a global audience.
At 50, Asean cannot afford a mid-life crisis10 January 2017 @ 10:30 AM
3 lessons on online radicalisation29 November 2016 @ 11:01 AM
Earlier this month, the 1980s-accented decor of ISIS Malaysia welcomed a number of the 21st Century multinational technology giants for an intensive day-long discussion on the perennial threats of radicalisation, extremism and terrorism.
Together with security analysts, representatives of Microsoft, Facebook, Kaspersky, Google, Interpol, the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Regional Anti-Terrorism Structure and the financial sector, the intersection of technology and security as well as its implications for counter-terrorism in the region, were deliberated.
Regional security conversations7 June 2016 @ 11:15 AM
Last week, security and defence experts from around the region and beyond converged on Kuala Lumpur and Singapore to deliberate on strategic matters affecting the Asia-Pacific; first at the Asia-Pacific Roundtable, then at the Shangri-La Dialogue. For nearly two decades, the mid-year pit stops in these two cities have become something of an annual pilgrimage for policy leaders and thinkers who work in the areas of foreign affairs, security and defence.
Identifying the root causes of terrorism22 March 2016 @ 11:02 AM
Three takeaways from two issues12 January 2016 @ 11:05 AM
If there were any concerns that events in Asia would be less robust in 2016, those were quickly and emphatically put to rest in the first week of the new year. A few days past the fireworks, the continent was already grappling with fissures — both figurative and literal — in its western and northeastern reaches. Saudi Arabia severed ties with Iran over the former’s execution of the Shia ulama Nimr al-Nimr, and North Korea claimed to have successfully tested a hydrogen bomb.
Countering Daesh's narrative1 December 2015 @ 11:02 AM
They say that in the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king. Today, carved out in parts of modern-day Syria and Iraq, there is just such a land. It is the land of dystopia and the one-eyed man is caliph. His vision is grotesquely blinkered, but it resonates far and wide in sympathy, support, and operations — from Raqqa to Paris, Baghdad to Beirut, Sousse to Sinai. Even Kota Kinabalu to Kuala Lumpur.