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American Carnage

The Jakarta Post – 8 January 2021 This article in The Jakarta Post, an Indonesian English-language newspaper, describes the scenes that unfolded at The Capitol on Wednesday and the outgoing president’s role in it. There is a prevailing theme among reporting on the event from all Asian countries: this was the culmination of four years…

What Will the Biden Administration Mean for Southeast Asia?

Joshua Kurlantzick – World Politics Review With a Biden administration on the horizon, what will his approach to the Southeast Asian region look like? Will it resemble Trump’s or will he take a more engaging approach? Apart from containing the pandemic, Biden’s main aim for when he first takes presidency is to repair America’s frayed…

The never-ending political game of Malaysia’s Mahathir Mohamad

This article was originally published in Brookings by Sophie Lemière Former autocrat and self-reinvented democrat Mahathir Mohamad won the 2018 general elections, but less than two years later, the democratic fairy tales ended. In January 2020, under pressure from internal dissenters in his coalition, Mahathir resigned from the government. The old ruling party (United Malay…

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COVID-19 and China’s information diplomacy in Southeast Asia

Audrye Wong – Brookings Considerable attention has focused on China’s information campaigns designed to shape global narratives through a variety of channels. But this article by Audrye Wong highlights how China’s choice of tactics has varied across regions and countries. In Southeast Asia, Beijing has focused on striking a cooperative tone and highlighting China’s positive…