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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.
Veep Diplomacy: Managing US Ties in Asia
In the coming days, US Vice President Kamala Harris will become the most senior Biden administration official to visit Southeast Asia. As former diplomat Nguyễn Quang Dy writes, once again the focus will be on Vietnam and Singapore. It highlights the key question of how the region manages US-China competition.
COVID-19 outbreaks: the challenge facing the fight against poverty
The COVID-19 pandemic has had manifold impacts on the poor in ASEAN member states. Upping vaccination rates will go a long way, writes Phi Minh Hong.
US challenges in Southeast Asia under Biden
The Biden Administration has reinvigorated its approach towards Southeast Asia. This, however, will be limited by important US priorities and Southeast Asian reluctance to irk Beijing, writes Robert Sutter.
The slow decay of the Malay political establishment
As Malaysia stumbles through another political crisis that could bring down the government any day, Professor James Chin argues the country faces a deeper challenge – the decay of the Malay political establishment. The only way out is power sharing that recognises Malaysia’s reality as a multi-racial, multi-religious society.