South East Asia

South East Asia: In-Depth Reports

Japan and the Palestinian Authority: Foreign Policy and Economic Interest

Unlike the U.S. and EU, Japan funds development projects but not the PA budget. Read More »

The U.S. Role in Delaying Sino-Israeli Relations: Two’s Company, Three’s a Crowd

Although by the mid-twentieth century no outstanding problems had existed between Israel and China and although both were interested in formalizing their ties, over four decades passed before diplomatic relations were finally established. The inevitable conclusion is that while bilateral issues had not been an obstacle, the interference of third parties had been responsible for the delay, notably by the United States. Read More »

Children on the Frontlines:
Palestinian and Pakistani Child Abuse

This disturbing practice of deadly child abuse is on the rise in these two Muslim societies. Recent events in both the Middle East and the Indian sub-continent have made the magnitude of the problem that much more acute. Read More »

Freddy Eytan on The Long Journey to Asia

Israel and Asia: Building Diplomatic Bridges
The Long Journey to Asia by Moshe Yegar
Reviewed by Freddy Eytan Read More »

Indonesia And Israel: A Relationship In Waiting

Indonesia has faced much the same obstructions in developing its nascent relationship with Israel as have all the other Muslim-majority nations of Asia. While not inherently antithetical to Israel, Indonesia clearly places a higher value on avoiding trouble with radical Islamist elements at home than it does on normalizing relations with far-away Israel. Read More »

Indonesia And Israel: A Relationship In Waiting

Indonesia has faced much the same obstructions in developing its nascent relationship with Israel as have all the other Muslim-majority nations of Asia. While not inherently antithetical to Israel, Indonesia clearly places a higher value on avoiding trouble with radical Islamist elements at home than it does on normalizing relations with far-away Israel. The precedent was established by founding President Sukarno, who brushed aside early Israeli overtures and eventually adopted a strong pro-Arab Read More »

Al-Qaeda’s Intellectual Legacy: New Radical Thinking Justifying the Genocide of Infidels

The Islamic victory over the USSR in Afghanistan, the creation of the al-Qaeda global network, and the spread of Islam in many Western countries are seen as signs of an Islamic awakening that from the radical Islamist perspective may lead to the restoration of Islam as the world’s most dominant power. Read More »

The Role of Islam in Contemporary South East Asian Politics

The political influence of Islam is increasing in South East Asia. While the collapse of the Soviet Union and the Communist bloc have contributed to the decline of communism as a revolutionary political force in the region, religious and ethnic issues are now assuming renewed and increasing significance. Read More »

A Meeting of Ancient Peoples: The Jews and the Dalai Lama of Tibet