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Can Malaysia's new Prime Minister end the political crisis?
On Friday, Malaysia appointed a new Prime Minister, Ismail Sabri Yaakob, following the resignation of Muhyiddin Yassin at the start of the week.But the appointment of the third prime minister in as many years by the King, Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah, is not likely to end Malaysia’s rolling political crisis.
The budget wars: Indonesia’s biggest military challenge
The sinking of an Indonesian submarine in April was a stark reminder of the poor state of much of the country’s military hardware. Yohanes Sulaiman and Donald Greenlees argue presidential aspirant and defence minister Subianto faces one of his toughest tests in dragging the Indonesian military into the 21st century.
Asialink Milestones: Gareth Evans – prescriptions for foreign policy
As foreign minister between 1988 and 1996, Gareth Evans steered Australian diplomacy through the end of the Cold War and into the brave new world represented by American ‘unipolarity’.
Indonesia’s COVID crisis: the case for Australian aid
The coronavirus pandemic has exacted a huge human toll on Indonesia, placing strains on the health system and setting back years of work in poverty reduction. Asialink senior adviser Donald Greenlees argues what Australia now does to help its closest Asian neighbour meet both challenges will be long remembered.
Asialink Milestones: Alexander Downer on China and ‘Playing the Long Game’
Faced with the worst crisis in relations with China since the launch of formal diplomatic relations in 1972, Alexander Downer has some advice for managing the China relationship: Take a leaf out of the traditional playbook of Chinese diplomacy and “play the long game”.