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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

Project Mausam Part 1

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

Project Mausam Part 2

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

Why We Should Care About Rohingyas

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

Clear Refugee Policy Needed

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

They Deserve Work Rights

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

Mahathir stress tests Malaysia-Singapore relations

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

Key issues impacting Malaysia's security outlook

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

‘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

India Must Boost Depth and Durability of ASEAN Ties

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

Rohingya Policy Needed

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

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Mr Thomas Benjamin Daniel

Thomas is an Analyst in the Foreign Policy and Security Studies Programme of ISIS Malaysia. His research areas include the security/strategic challenges and impacts of major power relations on ASEAN, regional disputes like the South China Sea, 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'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....

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...

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...

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...

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)...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

‘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...
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...
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...

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...