Understanding Malaysia’s approach to the South China Sea dispute
22 November 2018 Article by Elina Noor which appeared in “In the wake of Arbitration : papers from the Sixth Annual CSIS South Sea Conference. Edited by Murray Hiebert, Gregory B Poling and Conor Cronin, CSIS, January, 2017”. pp. 18-29. Download PDF
Disruption is the New Change
09 January 2018 Article by Elina Noor which appeared in New Straits Times, 9 January 2018. THE start of the year is usually a time for forecasts and predictions. However, if the world’s events last year were anything to go by, the safest bet would probably be to expect more disruption in the months ahead. Disruption, of course,…
Resilience and innovations for a diverse Asean
30 November 2017 As the new chair of Asean, Singapore has announced that its thematic priorities for the region in the coming year will be resilience and innovation. This comes as little surprise given the island-nation’s global trading status, technological advancements, as well as leading digital competitiveness and preparedness rankings. Resilience and innovation in the region will be,…
Threat Assessment : Building A Nation
14 September 2017 ONE of the questions we are regularly asked by foreign visitors to the Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS) Malaysia seeking to understand Malaysia’s threat assessment and the regional strategic landscape is what the country considers its top-most defence and security challenge. Often, the assumption is that this challenge is external, either from other…
The Fuzzy Logic of Cyberspace
02 June 2017 LAST week, the Institute of Strategic and International Studies Malaysia convened the 31st Asia- Pacific Roundtable (APR), which was attended by approximately 260 local and international policywatchers of the region. As it has for decades, the APR deliberated in comprehensive fashion a number of strategic issues confronting the security of the region. One of those…
Expert panel forecasts asia-pacific dynamics and maritime security
14 March 2017 Mina Pollmann: Hello everyone. Thanks for joining us on this call. My name is Mina, and as CIMSEC’s Director of External Relations, I have the honor of moderating today’s call on maritime security trends in the Asia-Pacific. For our CIMSEC listeners, I am pleased to say we have an exciting panel lined up, with four…
At 50, ASEAN Cannot Afford a Mid-life Crisis
16 January 2017 This year, Asean turns 50. If Asean were a person, it would be due for a mid-life crisis. From inception to expansion, Asean has evolved considerably. Over the years, the Asean way of soft, flexible diplomacy, a preference for principles and non-intervention in neighbouring states’ affairs slowly made way for increasing institutionalisation, legalism and a…
ASEAN not so divided on the South China Sea
17 August 2016 Clouded by controversy even before it began, the recently concluded 49th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM) in Vientiane, Laos was conspicuous for two things: who was and was not present; and, perhaps more importantly, what was and was not discussed. While Malaysia’s foreign minister, Anifah Aman — who had been expected at the AMM until…
Terrorists Hijacking Cyberspace
28 June 2016 The use of the Internet by terrorist groups and individuals has been an evolving phenomenon since the 1990s. But the convergence of broadband, social media and mobile devices has compounded the volume and speed of propaganda to a staggering level. It is this current wave of terrorist use of information and communications technology that authorities…
Regional Security Conversations
09 June 2016 Last week, security and defence experts from around the region and beyond converged on Kuala Lumpur and Singapore to deliberate on strategic matters affecting the Asia-Pacific; first at the Asia-Pacific Roundtable, then at the Shangri-La Dialogue. For nearly two decades, the mid-year pit stops in these two cities have become something of an annual pilgrimage…
Identifying the Root Causes of Terrorism
22 March 2016 CRUCIAL: In a multi-ethnic and multifaith country like ours, it is the preservation and celebration of thins very diversity that will buttress our resilience to terrorist threats AT this time last year, authorities had arrested nearly 75 individuals in Malaysia suspected of involvement with Daesh (the Islamic State terror group). Two months later, some 30…
Malaysia: Recalibrating its South China Sea Policy?
15 January 2016 For a little over a year, between 2013 and the first quarter of 2014, Malaysia’s policy surrounding the South China Sea dispute hit a shroud of confusion. Taken aback by Chinese naval patrols around James Shoal (Beting Serupai in Malay), only 43 nautical miles off the coast of Sarawak State, the government responded with a…
Three Takeaways From Two Issues
13 January 2016 Article by Elina Noor which appeared in New Straits Times, January 12, 2016. Download
Countering Daesh’s Narrative
01 December 2015 EFFECTIVE MESSAGING: We must reclaim our brand of Islam if we want to distinguish ourselves from Daesh’s THEY say that in the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king. Today, carved out in parts of modern-day Syria and Iraq, there is just such a land. It is the land of dystopia and the…
Post-war Lesson for Southeast Asia
18 August 2015 Article by Elina Noor which appeared in New Straits Times, 18 August 2015. EN_NST_18Aug2015.pdf
The Virtual Reality of Youth, Radicalization, and Terrorism
29 July 2015 Article by Elina Noor which appeared in Panorama, 01/2015, pp. 163-72. Singapore: Konrad Adenauer Stiftung. EN_Panorama_01_2015.pdf
Realigning the Social Narrative
10 June 2015 COUNTERING RADICALISATION: Society should be empowered to retell creatively what it means to be Malaysian LAST week, in his keynote address at ISIS Malaysia's 29th Asia-Pacific Roundtable in Kuala Lumpur, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak alluded to both the history and future of the region. Before an audience of more than 300 thought leaders…
Clarity Amid the Doubt
26 January 2015 IN the aftermath of the Paris attacks of Jan 7-9, as people all over the world were debating whether they were Charlie, Ahmed some other nominal symbol, a different kind of exchange was taking place in cyberspace. Anonymous, the collective hacking legion, launched #OpCharlieHebdo targeting specific websites in reaction to the attacks and in defence…
Are Cyber Attacks ‘Acts of War’?
20 January 2015 IN the aftermath of the Paris attacks of Jan 7-9, as people all over the world were debating whether they were Charlie, Ahmed some other nominal symbol, a different kind of exchange was taking place in cyberspace. Anonymous, the collective hacking legion, launched #OpCharlieHebdo targeting specific websites in reaction to the attacks and in defence…
Search for the Moderate Muslim
16 December 2014 LIFELONG PROCESS: The greater struggle lies in educating ourselves not just about personal religious rituals but equally about the community and environment we live in LAST Friday, the Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS) Malaysia capped its International Affairs Forum series for 2014 by hosting the ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to Russia,…
Securing Asean’s Cyber Domain
25 November 2014 URGENT: Region cannot afford a security lapse as the digital domain is supposed to propel its development THE Naypyidaw Declaration on the Asean Community’s Post-2015 Vision positions Asean as a rules-based and resilient community that is capable of upholding its centrality in the evolving regional architecture. Equally, an Asean in the years to come should…
Friends with Benefits: Why Malaysians Can and Will Maintain Good Ties with Both the United States and China
05 November 2014 Article by Elina Noor which appeared in the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) Blog, 4 November 2014. Also available here EN_CIGI_Blog_04Nov2014.pdf
Change Will Take Time
21 October 2014 UNITED NATIONS REFORMS: We have to be as effective as possible within the confines of the current reality WITH just five ballots short of the total 192, Malaysia will once again and for the fourth time take its seat as a non-permanent member in the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) for a two-year term beginning…
Countering terrorism through the Net
18 September 2014 PREVENTION THROUGH EDUCATION THE BEST CURE: Censoring or taking down terrorist sites will only drive extremists further under the surface RADICAL and extremist websites used to be fairly rudimentary – low on graphics and heavy on text. For groups ranging from Stormfront to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, the early days of the Internet…
IS Does Not Speak for Islam
20 August 2014 Here is the sales pitch: A return to a utopian caliphate in which one brand -and one brand, only of religion would reign supreme, redressing society of all its ills and misbeliefs. Here is the fine print: There would be casualties along the way but these would be necessary for a righteous, puritan society that…
Malaysia’s Strength in Unity
23 July 2014 IN the last few years, our fortitude as a nation has been tested; from our faith in each other as a community of diversity to our resolve in defending our borders, on land and at sea. Now, and in the coming years, we will have to deal with Malaysians fighting, and being recruited to fight,…
Sports Can be Conduit for Transformation
10 June 2014 INTEGRATED APPROACH: Sports and their accompanying values do offer a worthy and promising play for peace AS the Greatest Show on Earth stands by to kick off in two days with 11-man teams each from 32 nations racing across fields for possession of a ball for 90 minutes, the tendency to view the sport particularly,…
President Obama in Malaysia: The Substance of Symbolism
09 May 2014 Article by Elina Noor which appeared in Asia Pacific Bulletin, No. 261, May 8, 2014. Washington, DC: East-West Center. EN_AsiaPacBull_261dt08May2014.pdf
Vital to Beef Up Cyber Security
15 April 2014 LAST week, the world got a feel for what a Heartbleed on the World Wide Web is like. The encryption bug --referenced unromantically in actual fact as CVE-2014-0160 - compromises security and privacy of communication on the Internet so that sensitive information such as usernames and passwords are vulnerable to theft. Estimates of the damage…
Seeking a Balanced Foreign Policy
16 January 2014 Article by Elina Noor which appeared in New Straits Times, 14 January 2014.
A Transparency Paradox in Spying
12 November 2013 By Elina Noor which appeared in New Straits Times, 12 November 2013.
Cyberwarfare: Logged and Loaded, But Wither Asia?
25 July 2013 By Elina Noor which is published as NTS Insight No. IN13-05. Singapore: Centre for Non-Traditional Security (NTS) Studies, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), July 2013.
Empowering Malaysia-US Ties
16 July 2013 Article by Elina Noor which appeared in New Straits Times, 16 July 2013.
Asia’s Role in Cyberwarfare Rules
12 March 2013 By Elina Noor which appeared in New Straits Times, 12 March 2013.
Transforming the US-Malaysia Relationship Amid Change
17 February 2013 By Elina Noor which appeared in Asian Conflicts Reports, Issue 22, January-February 2013. Published by Council for Asian Transnational Threat Research
Why the East Asia Summit Must Return to Its Roots
28 December 2012 By Elina Noor which appeared in ASEAN Newsletter (of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Republic of Korea), December 2012, p. 2-3.
Big Boys Come, But Want Rules Changed
20 November 2012 Article by Elina Noor which appeared in New Straits Times, 20 November 2012
Cyber Warfare Is No Laughing Matter
28 August 2012 Article by Elina Noor which appeared in New Straits Times, 28 August 2012
The United States & China: ASEAN Among Giants
03 July 2012 Article by Elina Noor which appeared in ASEAN Newsletter (of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Republic of Korea), May 2012
Meet Joe, Jose and Jusuf
19 June 2012 Article by Elina Noor which appeared in New Straits Times, 19 June 2012
“Linsanity,” Social Media and US-Asia Relations
14 March 2012 Article by Elina Noor which appeared in Asia Pacific Bulletin, No. 154, March 13, 2012. Washington,DC: East West Center. Visit website Listen on Radio Australia the interview: Click here
Osama Is Dead. Does It Matter?
12 April 2011 Osama Is Dead. Does It Matter? Article by Elina Noor in The Malaysian Insider, 4 May 2011. Also available at: http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/breakingviews/article/osama-is-dead.-does-it-matter-elina-noor.
A Taste of Things to Come: Secretary Clinton’s Visit to Malaysia
15 November 2010 Article by Elina Noor which appeared in Asia Pacific Bulletin No. 81, November 2010. Washington: East-West Center.
Valuable Lessons on Park 51 for Malaysia
08 April 2010 Valuable Lessons on Park 51 for Malaysia Article by Elina Noor which appeared in New Straits Times, 25 August 2010. Read More...