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Malaysia’s State Formation: Small Steps and Large Outcomes of a Contested Leviathan

This is my latest book, currently in press. The book will be out perhaps end of this year or early 2024. This book comes up with the Contested Leviathan Framework to describe the essence of Malaysia’s political economy. The framework is developed from tracing Malaysia’s political economy over approximately 157 years (1800-1957) and tested against…

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9/11 and the impact lives on…

The bombings of four key US installations on September 11, 2001, by four commercial planes, are still etched in most minds. Twenty years ago, the world watched the event unfold, real time, with awe and shock as the two towers of World Trade Centre collapsed minutes after the second plane struck the South Tower sending…

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The Middle East , A Quick Assessment.

The US recently confirmed the death of ISIS leader Abu-Bakr Al Bagdadi during a US military raid in Northwestern Syria. This is a win in the fight against terrorism and a welcome news for those wanting lasting peace in the region. The death of Al-Baghdadi could well be an important turning point to the ongoing…

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About-turns in US Foreign Policy

In recent months, the United States has embarked on several foreign policy stances that are threatening the strategic outlook in different parts of the world. The US-China trade tiff is beginning to fray nerves in Asian economies with many analysts warning of a possible recession. The US decision to withdraw thousands of military personnel from…