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China blames US hawks for risking 'new Cold War'

Thomas Daniel was quoted by Nikkei Asian Review By CK TAN, Nikkei staff... Read More

COVID-19 highlights the plight of Malaysia’s refugees

Malaysia’s COVID-19-induced Movement Control Order (MCO) has caused severe hardships for refugees... Read More

Effective Middle Powers in Asia Pacific

IN an article I wrote, titled "Rise of the Rest" (ISIS Focus,... Read More

Malaysia shouldn’t use coronavirus as an excuse to reject Rohingya refugees

Fear of forced relocation and the coronavirus pandemic in refugee camps are... Read More

Managing inbound Rohingya: Malaysia's longstanding refugee situation takes on added urgency during the pandemic

By Puteri Nor Ariane Yasmin and Thomas Daniel Read in PDF Malaysia is... Read More

Expanding the Military’s Role?

The MAF has been deployed since 21 March to help patrol and... Read More

Logistics – the other front in the war on COVID-19

“Amateurs discuss tactics; professionals discuss logistics” is a quote often attributed to... Read More

The other victims of the Coronavirus: Multilateralism and regional cooperation

Economies, travel, healthcare systems, communities and lives are not the only wreckage... Read More

Drastic rethink needed for military

The inaugural Defence White Paper (DWP) and the public relations blitz that... Read More

Asian countries pledge ‘regional solidarity’ with China over coronavirus outbreak

Mr Thomas Daniel was interviewed and quoted in an article on Arab... Read More

ASEAN’s Mid-Life Crisis in An Age of Geostrategic Flux

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has come a long way... Read More

ASEAN, Pandangan Indo-Pasifik, dan Upaya Mendamaikan Kawasan

Mr Thomas Daniel was interviewed by Harian Kompas (Indonesian daily) which appeared in... Read More

Buletin AWANI Khas: Iran lancar serangan udara mensasarkan tentera AS

Mr Thomas Daniel was briefly interviewed on Astro Awani last week about... Read More

Soleimani killing: what is Malaysia’s aim in call for Muslim unity?

Mr Thomas Daniel was quoted by the South China Morning post for an... Read More

There is more that binds us

IN a previous article, the author explored the background, scope and key... Read More

BFM PODCAST: A World With More Walls

Produced by: Kelvin Yee, Loo Juosie Presented by: Kelvin Yee, Aiman Rashad,... Read More

Trump Melemahkan AS

Oleh KRIS MADA,  1 November 2019 KTT Asia Timur dimanfaatkan para mitra... Read More

Charting way forward for Asean, Australia and NZ

A CASUAL examination of Asean’s Dialogue partners often sees China, Japan, South... Read More

BFM PODCAST: Where Is Malaysia Now With India?

Produced by: Lee Chwi Lynn Presented by: Lee Chwi Lynn, Kelvin Yee... Read More

At 70, China cheers its past as world braces for its uncertain future

Mr Thomas Daniel was interviewed in the following Nikkei Asian Review article.... Read More

China's rising maritime clout

JULY 12 marked the third anniversary of the Permanent Court of Arbitration’s... Read More

Do Not Take Our Peace Dividend for Granted

THE last few months have been interesting for both professional and casual... Read More

‘America First’ is More Than a Phrase

WHILE much has and will be made of President Donald Trump not... Read More

Malaysia’s May 2018 General Election and Foreign Policy

Article by Thomas Daniel which appeared in Asia Pacific Bulletin (Number 433),East-West... Read More

Key issues impacting Malaysia's security outlook

Throughout its modern history, Malaysia has faced a variety of security issues... Read More

India Must Boost Depth and Durability of ASEAN Ties

Article by Thomas Daniel which appeared in New Straits Times, 20 June... Read More

Issues Impacting Malaysia’s Maritime Security Policies and Postures

Introduction This paper aims to address key issues that impact Malaysia’s maritime... Read More

Can ASEAN be counted on when it matters?

The concept of centrality has seen a resurgence in use during the... Read More

Mahathir stress tests Malaysia-Singapore relations

KUALA LUMPUR -- Relations between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur are being put... Read More

Mahathir stress tests Malaysia-Singapore relations

KUALA LUMPUR - Relations between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur are being put... Read More

Rohingya Policy Needed

SINCE violence broke out in Rakhine State, Myanmar, in August, 600,000 to... Read More

South China Sea: Can Asean, China Find Convergence in Dispute?

THE temperament of the territorial dispute in the South China Sea between... Read More

When Abe's Dreams Come True

Exit polls indicate that Shinzo Abe has won a landslide victory in... Read More

They Deserve Work Rights

Employment programme is much welcomed after years of delay Recent announcements by... Read More

Clear Refugee Policy Needed

The latest outbreak of violence in Rakhine state of Myanmar against the... Read More

Key Issues and Dilemmas for Brunei and Malaysia in the South China Sea Dispute

Overview and focus In the wake of the tribunal constituted under Annex... Read More

Why We Should Care About Rohingyas

It is almost a year to the climax of last year’s Rohingya... Read More

More Than Just About Regional Disputes

Given the ongoing fallout of Chinese land reclamations in the South China... Read More

‘Project Mausam —A Preliminary Assessment of India’s Grand Maritime Strategy from a Southeast Asian Perspective’

Onset of ‘Maritime Asia’ Maritime travel, trade and even conquest have historically... Read More

Beijing Must Alleviate Concerns

A SPATE of initiatives announced over the last two years has seen... Read More

Project Mausam Part 2

This paper is the second part of an essay on India’s Project... Read More

Project Mausam Part 1

This paper is the first of a two part essay on India’s... Read More

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Mr Thomas Benjamin Daniel

Thomas is a Senior Analyst in the Foreign Policy and Security Studies Programme of ISIS Malaysia. His interests lie in the security/strategic challenges and impacts of major power dynamics on ASEAN and its member states, the South China Sea dispute, and Malaysia’s national security and foreign policies. Thomas also looks at the policy implications of refugees, asylum seekers and other displaced persons in Malaysia, and the Malaysian government’s refugee policy of “not having a policy”.

Thomas obtained his Master of Arts in International Studies from the University of Nottingham (Malaysia) where he graduated with Distinction, completing a dissertation that assessed Malaysia’s responses to China in the South China Sea dispute through the balance of threat approach. He also holds a BA in Communication and Media Management, and a BA Honours in Communication, Media & Culture from the University of South Australia. Previously, he was a public relations practitioner focusing on social media management and media engagement strategies for clients from the government and enterprise technology sectors.


Published Articles

China blames US hawks for risking 'new Cold War'

24 May 2020
Thomas Daniel was quoted by Nikkei Asian Review By CK TAN, Nikkei staff writer,  24 May 2020 SHANGHAI -- China's foreign minister on Sunday argued that political...

COVID-19 highlights the plight of Malaysia’s refugees

18 May 2020
Malaysia’s COVID-19-induced Movement Control Order (MCO) has caused severe hardships for refugees and asylum seekers in the country. Most work informally and earn daily or...

Effective Middle Powers in Asia Pacific

12 May 2020
IN an article I wrote, titled "Rise of the Rest" (ISIS Focus, 2017), I argued that the changing international order in the Asia Pacific could...

Malaysia shouldn’t use coronavirus as an excuse to reject Rohingya refugees

24 April 2020
Fear of forced relocation and the coronavirus pandemic in refugee camps are fuelling new waves of Rohingya refugees Malaysia should not turn them away. It...

Managing inbound Rohingya: Malaysia's longstanding refugee situation takes on added urgency during the pandemic

21 April 2020
By Puteri Nor Ariane Yasmin and Thomas Daniel Read in PDF Malaysia is once again bracing for an apparent surge of displaced Rohingya arriving by boat....

Expanding the Military’s Role?

17 April 2020
The MAF has been deployed since 21 March to help patrol and enforce the MCO in response to COVID-19. At the time of writing, the...

Logistics – the other front in the war on COVID-19

31 March 2020
“Amateurs discuss tactics; professionals discuss logistics” is a quote often attributed to Napoleon. Whether one is managing a battlefield, multinational business, soup kitchen or –...

The other victims of the Coronavirus: Multilateralism and regional cooperation

25 March 2020
Economies, travel, healthcare systems, communities and lives are not the only wreckage that COVID-19 is leaving in its wake. Predictably, the virus has begun to...

Drastic rethink needed for military

22 February 2020
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...

Asian countries pledge ‘regional solidarity’ with China over coronavirus outbreak

21 February 2020
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...

ASEAN’s Mid-Life Crisis in An Age of Geostrategic Flux

16 January 2020
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has come a long way since its founding in 1967. The organisation now encompasses almost all Southeast Asian...

ASEAN, Pandangan Indo-Pasifik, dan Upaya Mendamaikan Kawasan

10 January 2020
Mr Thomas Daniel was interviewed by Harian Kompas (Indonesian daily) which appeared in Kompas, 26 December 2019 View in PDF Oleh KRIS MADA,  26 December 2019 Laporan...

Buletin AWANI Khas: Iran lancar serangan udara mensasarkan tentera AS

08 January 2020
Mr Thomas Daniel was briefly interviewed on Astro Awani last week about tensions in the Middle East last week – just after the killing of...

Soleimani killing: what is Malaysia’s aim in call for Muslim unity?

07 January 2020
Mr Thomas Daniel was quoted by the South China Morning post for an article titled “Soleimani killing: what is Malaysia’s aim in call for Muslim unity?”....

There is more that binds us

25 November 2019
IN a previous article, the author explored the background, scope and key issues that defined the trilateral relationship between Asean, Australia and New Zealand. Also...

BFM PODCAST: A World With More Walls

05 November 2019
Produced by: Kelvin Yee, Loo Juosie Presented by: Kelvin Yee, Aiman Rashad, Kam Raslan We discuss an AFP report which looks at how nationalism seems...

Trump Melemahkan AS

01 November 2019
Oleh KRIS MADA,  1 November 2019 KTT Asia Timur dimanfaatkan para mitra ASEAN untuk menunjukkan komitmen pada kawasan. AS melepaskan kesempatan itu setelah Donald Trump...

Charting way forward for Asean, Australia and NZ

30 October 2019
A CASUAL examination of Asean’s Dialogue partners often sees China, Japan, South Korea, the United States, and recently, India receive more publicity and recognition compared...

BFM PODCAST: Where Is Malaysia Now With India?

23 October 2019
Produced by: Lee Chwi Lynn Presented by: Lee Chwi Lynn, Kelvin Yee A trade body in India has urged its members not to import Malaysian...

At 70, China cheers its past as world braces for its uncertain future

30 September 2019
Mr Thomas Daniel was interviewed in the following Nikkei Asian Review article. BEIJING -- China has much to celebrate as it marks the 70th anniversary...

China's rising maritime clout

31 July 2019
JULY 12 marked the third anniversary of the Permanent Court of Arbitration’s decision in the case brought by the Philippines against China’s claims in the...

Do Not Take Our Peace Dividend for Granted

22 April 2019
THE last few months have been interesting for both professional and casual observers of Malaysia’s defence sector, mainly because of the upcoming Defence White Paper....

‘America First’ is More Than a Phrase

13 November 2018
WHILE much has and will be made of President Donald Trump not attending the Asean, East Asia summits in Singapore this week, the United States’...
Malaysia’s May 2018 General Election and Foreign Policy

Malaysia’s May 2018 General Election and Foreign Policy

07 August 2018
Article by Thomas Daniel which appeared in Asia Pacific Bulletin (Number 433),East-West Center, August 7, 2018 The 14th Malaysian General Elections (GE14) held in May...

Key issues impacting Malaysia's security outlook

28 July 2018
Throughout its modern history, Malaysia has faced a variety of security issues impacting its threat perception. These were a mix of both external and internal...
India must boost depth and durability of Asean ties

India Must Boost Depth and Durability of ASEAN Ties

20 June 2018
Article by Thomas Daniel which appeared in New Straits Times, 20 June 2018 IT has been four years since India adopted its “Act East” policy...

Issues Impacting Malaysia’s Maritime Security Policies and Postures

16 June 2018
Introduction This paper aims to address key issues that impact Malaysia’s maritime security policies and postures. In order to comprehensively outline these issues and their...

Can ASEAN be counted on when it matters?

04 June 2018
The concept of centrality has seen a resurgence in use during the past few days, featuring prominently in the speeches and comments made during the...

Mahathir stress tests Malaysia-Singapore relations

31 May 2018
KUALA LUMPUR -- Relations between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur are being put to the test as Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad revisits a delicate territorial...

Mahathir stress tests Malaysia-Singapore relations

31 May 2018
KUALA LUMPUR - Relations between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur are being put to the test as Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad revisits a delicate territorial...
Rohingya policy needed

Rohingya Policy Needed

20 March 2018
SINCE violence broke out in Rakhine State, Myanmar, in August, 600,000 to 700,000 Rohingya have fled to neighbouring Bangladesh, scattered across camps and their outlying...

South China Sea: Can Asean, China Find Convergence in Dispute?

24 October 2017
THE temperament of the territorial dispute in the South China Sea between the multiple claimants has generally improved compared to a year ago. Back then,...

When Abe's Dreams Come True

23 October 2017
Exit polls indicate that Shinzo Abe has won a landslide victory in Sunday’s snap polls. The Japanese government coalition led by his Liberal Democratic Party...

They Deserve Work Rights

14 February 2017
Employment programme is much welcomed after years of delay Recent announcements by ministers indicate that the pilot programme that would see up to 300 Rohingya...

Clear Refugee Policy Needed

20 December 2016
The latest outbreak of violence in Rakhine state of Myanmar against the Rohingya community has once again highlighted one of Southeast Asia’s most tragic, deplorable...

Key Issues and Dilemmas for Brunei and Malaysia in the South China Sea Dispute

06 December 2016
Overview and focus In the wake of the tribunal constituted under Annex VII to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS)...

Why We Should Care About Rohingyas

26 April 2016
It is almost a year to the climax of last year’s Rohingya refugee crisis, the aftermath of a crackdown by Thai authorities on land-smuggling routes...

More Than Just About Regional Disputes

24 November 2015
Given the ongoing fallout of Chinese land reclamations in the South China Sea and the recriminations from other littoral states and external stakeholders, it was...
‘Project Mausam —A Preliminary Assessment of India’s Grand Maritime Strategy from a Southeast Asian Perspective’

‘Project Mausam —A Preliminary Assessment of India’s Grand Maritime Strategy from a Southeast Asian Perspective’

21 July 2015
Onset of ‘Maritime Asia’ Maritime travel, trade and even conquest have historically been part and parcel of the interaction among different communities, states and civilisations...

Beijing Must Alleviate Concerns

26 May 2015
A SPATE of initiatives announced over the last two years has seen China working towards greater influence in the strategic security and trade order of...

Project Mausam Part 2

06 March 2015
This paper is the second part of an essay on India’s Project Mausam. While Part 1 focused on the nature of Project Mausam, this paper...

Project Mausam Part 1

06 February 2015
This paper is the first of a two part essay on India’s Project Mausam. Part I focuses on exploring the nature of Project Mausam while...