Drastic rethink needed for military
The inaugural Defence White Paper (DWP) and the public relations blitz that followed indicate ambitious plans to improve the Malaysian Armed Forces (MAF) and the broader defence sector. As commendable as the DWP is, the challenge as always lies in implementation. We need to think...
Asian countries pledge ‘regional solidarity’ with China over coronavirus outbreak
Mr Thomas Daniel was interviewed and quoted in an article on Arab News on the Special ASEAN-China Foreign Ministers’ Meeting on the Coronavirus Disease 2019 held recently in Laos Original source; arabnews.com By NOR ARLENE TAN,  February 20, 2020 KUALA LUMPUR: An intergovernm...
Trump’s trade deal poses new dangers to Southeast Asia
After two years of alternating between tense escalation and fleeting periods of calm, the United States and China reached a preliminary phase one trade deal in December 2019. Government spokespersons in both countries promptly cheered the signing of the agreement — but observ...
Analysis: Braving Brexit and beyond
IT seemed like such a good idea at the time – a unified Europe, prospering through trade within itself and collectively with the rest of the world, forming a hefty world market to sustain its high living standards. But what happened? The woes of Britain and the European Union, ...
Drastic rethink needed for military
The inaugural Defence White Paper (DWP) and the public relations blitz that followed indicate ambitious plans to improve the Malaysian Armed Forces (MAF) and the broader defence sector. As commendable as the DWP is, the challenge as always lies in implementation. We need to think...
Asian countries pledge ‘regional solidarity’ with China over coronavirus outbreak
Mr Thomas Daniel was interviewed and quoted in an article on Arab News on the Special ASEAN-China Foreign Ministers’ Meeting on the Coronavirus Disease 2019 held recently in Laos Original source; arabnews.com By NOR ARLENE TAN,  February 20, 2020 KUALA LUMPUR: An intergovernm...
Trump’s trade deal poses new dangers to Southeast Asia
After two years of alternating between tense escalation and fleeting periods of calm, the United States and China reached a preliminary phase one trade deal in December 2019. Government spokespersons in both countries promptly cheered the signing of the agreement — but observ...
Analysis: Braving Brexit and beyond
IT seemed like such a good idea at the time – a unified Europe, prospering through trade within itself and collectively with the rest of the world, forming a hefty world market to sustain its high living standards. But what happened? The woes of Britain and the European Union, ...
Announcement: We are pleased to announce that our latest ISIS Focus is out! With the theme "Testy Ties, Testing Times", this edition includes pieces on the Indo-Pacific construct, the US-China trade war, ASEAN's midlife crisis, the dumping of waste in Southeast Asia, defence spending, nuclear arms control, and cybertroopers and its implications on democracy. Read More
Announcement: YBhg Tan Sri Rastam Mohd Isa completed his tenure as Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive of the Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS) Malaysia on 8 January 2019. ISIS Malaysia’s Board of Directors and staff convey their sincere appreciation to YBhg Tan Sri Rastam for his able stewardship of ISIS Malaysia and wish him well in all his future endeavours.
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Announcement: ISIS Malaysia is pleased to announce that its Economics, Trade and Regional Integration (ETRI) division has published its Policy Brief on the US-China trade conflict. The Policy Brief analyses how post-tariff “diversions” in trade flows from the US have affected Malaysia and the region thus far, which countries and which specific product lines have gained from the shifts in US import demand, and what are the potential policy implications for policymakers in Malaysia and beyond. Read More
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Is “Not Taking Sides” a Viable Option for ASEAN?

ASEAN’s response to the increasing fraught major power rivalry is “not taking sides.” Beyond the diplomatic musings that provides the theoretical underpinnings of this position, it is unclear how this position translates into actionable policies, not least because ASEAN is facing increasing pressure from the major powers to choose sides.