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Implementing the Five-Point consensus: A Malaysian perspective

by Thomas Daniel & Yanitha Meena, 10 October 2022 Introduction The violence and political... Read More

Time to reset 65-year-old friendship

Diplomacy, dialogues and deeper people-to-people ties to help overcome statis  AS we... Read More

Education best bet for Quad to win Asean ‘brownie points’

Security and strategic forum should shed ‘exclusive’ image by strengthening people-to-people connectivity... Read More

Room to grow the Putrajaya-New Delhi partnership

The early days of the pandemic in 2020 were also a time... Read More

OIC can work towards ‘greater good’ if it ignores rivalries

India, Pakistan helped Afghanistan, showing that ‘rivals’ can resolve problems AT the... Read More

Cosmos Dialogue | Bangladesh-Malaysia relations: Prognosis for the future

Yanitha Meena, speaking at the Cosmos Dialogue, urges both Malaysia and Bangladesh... Read More

NewsX #UNLEASHINDIA Special global telecast

Yanitha Meena was interviewed by NewsX on 01 Feb 2022. Yaneetha Meena... Read More

Why isn’t Asean making use of Indian know-how on disaster mitigation?

New Delhi’s climate-crisis initiative could help region where natural disasters becoming more... Read More

Why Putrajaya should reset relations with South Asia

Foreign policy response to region needs fresh impetus given geopolitical events IN... Read More

A new self-reliant India: Priorities and opportunities for Malaysia

Executive summary India’s self-reliant campaign or Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyaan will change the... Read More

Asean must keep evolving or end up a dinosaur

Regional grouping sheds ‘non-interference’ in Myanmar case but that’s only the first... Read More

To know the Taliban, talk to the neighbours

Malaysia should not wait for problems to spill over before engaging South... Read More

BFM podcast: Understanding the evacuations from Afghanistan

Yanitha Meena was interviewed by BFM89.9 on 19 August 2021 Produced by:... Read More

Culture can be money spinner for both Malaysia, India

AS Malaysia and India mark their independence month in August, we are reminded of the time-tested friendship... Read More

How OIC’s ‘Asia’ could help banish hunger

In pursuit of the collective goals of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation... Read More

Implications of Nepal’s political crisis for Malaysia

Foreign labour agreement at risk as landlocked Himalayan country fights deadly virus... Read More

Expanding Malaysia-Bangladesh ties

AS Bangladesh celebrates its 50th year as an independent nation, one is... Read More

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Yanitha Meena

Meena is a researcher in the Foreign Policy and Security Studies programme. She completed an International Masters in European Regional Integration at the Asia-Europe Institute, University of Malaya. Having spent a decade in Chennai, India, Meena completed a BSc in Psychology at the University of Madras. She works on South Asia, including Malaysia's bilateral ties with South Asian countries, South Asia's regional dynamics and the region's relationship with Asean. Her research interests also include political psychology and comparative regionalism. Meena is now a doctoral candidate at UM, focused on non-Western international relations.

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Implementing the Five-Point consensus: A Malaysian perspective

14 October 2022
by Thomas Daniel & Yanitha Meena, 10 October 2022 Introduction The violence and political fracture resulting from the February 2021 coup by the Tatmadaw continues to not just destabilise Myanmar but have an impact on its immediate region and ASEAN at large. The regional organisation, and its rotating Chairs, face the dilemma of how to manage the…

Time to reset 65-year-old friendship

05 October 2022
Diplomacy, dialogues and deeper people-to-people ties to help overcome statis  AS we mark 65 years of Malaysia-India ties, a more sobering assessment of the bilateral relations is long overdue. Usually taken at face value as a “time-tested relationship”, crucial aspects of Malaysia-India ties have not transcended their traditional connotations and remain stuck in the past. …

Education best bet for Quad to win Asean ‘brownie points’

20 July 2022
Security and strategic forum should shed ‘exclusive’ image by strengthening people-to-people connectivity THE Quad fellowship was launched in May 2022 during the fourth Quadrilateral Security Dialogue Leaders’ Summit. This initiative seeks to bring 100 students from Quad countries (Australia, India, Japan and the United States) to the US each year to pursue graduate degrees in science,…

Room to grow the Putrajaya-New Delhi partnership

20 April 2022
The early days of the pandemic in 2020 were also a time when Malaysia-India relations were at an all-time low. Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad had angered India with remarks on Kashmir and India’s Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) at the end of 2019¹ and New Delhi responded by asking palm oil refiners and…

OIC can work towards ‘greater good’ if it ignores rivalries

31 March 2022
India, Pakistan helped Afghanistan, showing that ‘rivals’ can resolve problems AT the recently concluded 48th session of the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers in Islamabad (48th CFM), problems in the host country overshadowed the meeting for several reasons. First was the fact that Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan hosted the event despite facing a no-confidence…

Cosmos Dialogue | Bangladesh-Malaysia relations: Prognosis for the future

31 March 2022
Yanitha Meena, speaking at the Cosmos Dialogue, urges both Malaysia and Bangladesh to move beyond the stereotypical “labour relations” that has traditionally defined the relationship between the two countries, and calls for Malaysia to help Dhaka better engage with Asean.   She adds that a Malaysia-Bangladesh partnership can make a difference, especially within multilateral frameworks such…

NewsX #UNLEASHINDIA Special global telecast

08 February 2022
Yanitha Meena was interviewed by NewsX on 01 Feb 2022. Yaneetha Meena discusses India’s newly announced Union Budget, its implications for Malaysia, the potential reset of ties between our two nations, and how they can be elevated further on #UnleashIndia This interview first aired on NewsX on 01 Feb 2022 

Why isn’t Asean making use of Indian know-how on disaster mitigation?

24 January 2022
New Delhi’s climate-crisis initiative could help region where natural disasters becoming more frequent, vicious. ON 28 January 1992, India became Asean’s sectoral dialogue partner and in the last 30 years, the partnership has continued to evolve and diversify.   This year is officially designated the “Asean-India Friendship Year”. Asean-India relations have had their highs and lows…

Why Putrajaya should reset relations with South Asia

15 December 2021
Foreign policy response to region needs fresh impetus given geopolitical events IN 2022, Malaysia will celebrate 65 years of bilateral relations with India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka; a golden jubilee with Bangladesh; the 62nd anniversary of Malaysia-Nepal ties and 54 years of diplomatic relations with Maldives. These are all long friendships but, of late, they’re…

A new self-reliant India: Priorities and opportunities for Malaysia

28 November 2021
Executive summary India’s self-reliant campaign or Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyaan will change the face of Malaysia-India trade relations. With New Delhi recently approving the US$1.4 billion (RM5.8 billion) National Mission on Edible Oils-Oil Palm (NMEO-OP) to become self-reliant in edible oil production, Malaysia would be hit hard, considering that India is one of the largest importers…

Asean must keep evolving or end up a dinosaur

02 November 2021
Regional grouping sheds ‘non-interference’ in Myanmar case but that’s only the first step By Yanitha Meena Louis  and Muhammad Sinatra   THE 38th  and 39th  Asean Summit kicked off on 26 October under the  chairmanship  of Brunei. The  summits  created  a buzz even before  they  started – with the unprecedented exclusion of Myanmar.  Asean  leaders  backed  this…

To know the Taliban, talk to the neighbours

25 October 2021
Malaysia should not wait for problems to spill over before engaging South Asia on ‘ground reality’ THE formation of the Taliban government raises important questions on security and it is clear that no one has all the answers. Putrajaya’s stance, for now, is pragmatic with a “wait-and-see” approach.   Recognising the Taliban government depends on certain…

BFM podcast: Understanding the evacuations from Afghanistan

20 August 2021
Yanitha Meena was interviewed by BFM89.9 on 19 August 2021 Produced by: Azlyna Mohd Noor, Adeline Choong, Loo Juosie, Alia Zefri Presented by: Lee Chwi Lynn, Sharmilla Ganesan The Taliban has taken control of Afghanistan in just 10 days, sweeping back to power after two decades. To understand the situation, we begin by discussing the…

Culture can be money spinner for both Malaysia, India

11 August 2021
AS Malaysia and India mark their independence month in August, we are reminded of the time-tested friendship between Putrajaya and New Delhi. Resilient bilateral relations, however, must be continuously assessed, explored, diversified and if necessary, refocused.   The new decade presents challenges through trade and industry disruptions, and international partnerships are the means to tackling these issues. The time has come for Putrajaya and New Delhi to rejuvenate bilateral ties. One way is…

How OIC’s ‘Asia’ could help banish hunger

31 July 2021
In pursuit of the collective goals of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), the true potential of member states from East and South Asia (OIC-ESA) is relatively untapped. This could be due to the sole prominence of member states from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). OIC-MENA is said to have clout and represents…

Implications of Nepal’s political crisis for Malaysia

25 May 2021
Foreign labour agreement at risk as landlocked Himalayan country fights deadly virus surge following collapse of communist government.  ON 13 May, KP Sharma Oli was reappointed as prime minister of Nepal for the third time. This came days after he lost a no-confidence vote. Just more than a week after this, on 22 May, President…

Expanding Malaysia-Bangladesh ties

04 April 2021
AS Bangladesh celebrates its 50th year as an independent nation, one is also reminded of how Dhaka has remained an all-weather friend and ally to Kuala Lumpur for almost half a century. Next year will mark 50 years of Malaysia-Bangladesh relations since Malaysia recognised Bangladesh as a sovereign nation in 1972. In the 21st century,…
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