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Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and US President Donald Trump. Credit: White House video screenshot.

Japan And India: Deepening Ties In Age Of Uncertainty – Analysis

24 Feb 2017 in 1 , Analysis

The largely successful bilateral summit between Japan and the US points to the ability of the longstanding alliance to ride out a few diplomatic storms. However, lingering uncertainties highlight the need for Japan to continue…

ehang 184, Consumer Electronics Show 2016, Las Vegas. Photo by Ben Smith, Wikimedia Commons.

Securing The Vertical Space Of Cities – Analysis

23 Feb 2017 in 1 , Analysis , Technology

Cities are increasingly exploring vertical spaces as a viable and smart approach to address the physical challenges from growing urbanisation. Given that urbanisation could shape the nature of crime and security threats, the approach should…

Islamic State and Internet

Crowdsourcing Local Attacks: ISIS Expands Its Radical Reach – Analysis

21 Feb 2017 in 1 , Analysis , Technology

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has taken to crowdsourcing local attacks to make up for its losses in the Middle East. This has become a major plank of the group’s strategy to…

Hudud And Shariah: Politicising Religion In Malaysia – Analysis

21 Feb 2017 in 1 , Analysis , Religion

The impending Himpunan 355 rally and the current discourse on hudud in Malaysia exemplifies the effects of religious outbidding between UMNO and PAS on the Muslim populace. To prevent Islam from being cast as a…

Malaysia's Najib Razak. Photo by Malaysian government, Wikipedia Commons.

Malaysia Election Looms: Opposition Forces In Power Play

18 Feb 2017 in 1 , Analysis

Intriguing coalition manoeuvres are taking shape in the opposition camp in Malaysia amid talk of an early general election. By Joseph Chin Yong Liow* Malaysia’s general election is not due until August next year. But…