28 Jan 2019

Malaysia cancels major BRI project, highlighting complaints about Chinese “dept-trap diplomacy”

Malaysia has cancelled a contact with major Chinese contractor CCCC for the building of a 688km rail project, citing an unaffordable interest rate. Some, including the country’s Prime Minister had noted the undesirable elements of the project, including its funding through a Chinese loan to pay a Chinese contractor using

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28 Dec 2018

The Trans-Pacific Partnership Enters Into Force without USA on December 30

With Australia’s ratification of the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) trade agreement, the agreement between 11 countries will go into effect at the end of December. Current signatories include Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Mexico, and Canada, while Brunei, Chile, Peru, Vietnam, and Malaysia were a part of the

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06 Sep 2018

The Demographics of Southeast Asian Jihadism

While little research on the subject is available, open-source research suggests a number of important demographic developments in terrorism across the Southeast Asian region. Understanding these demographics is essential, as they can provide insight into how to combat terrorist efforts in a given geography, from recruitment to operations. In Southeast

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31 Aug 2018

Missing Iridium poses dirty bomb threat: Enhancing regional nuclear security in Southeast Asia

“The recent case of a missing radioactive device in Malaysia highlights the significance of nuclear security in Southeast Asia. Enhancing nuclear security cooperation is needed to address Southeast Asia’s nuclear security challenges and weak nuclear security culture. An industrial device containing radioactive material reported missing by Malaysian authorities on 20

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15 Jan 2010

U.S. warns of possible attack in Malaysia’s Sabah

“Police stepped up security after the United States Embassy in Malaysia warned on Friday that criminal and terrorist groups were planning attacks against foreigners in the Borneo island state of Sabah. A ‘warden notice’ posted on the embassy’s website (malaysia.usembassy.gov/), dated Friday, said resorts located in isolated areas of eastern

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