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Shadow of Afghan War

The events of September 11 have not only led to the reconfiguration of some aspects of Indonesia's and Malaysia's domestic politics, but also enhanced Malaysia's role as a moderate Islamic state in the global war against international terrorism. But the most enduring impact is at the individual level - Muslims in these two countries are being constantly reminded through many different ways, some unpalatable, of their communal identity and are increasingly being identified as potential 'terrorists'.

Goodbye to Non-Alignment and All That

The national interest, if defined narrowly, does not make for very good foreign policy. It might make sense, here and now, to try to enlist America on the Indian side of the dispute over Kashmir and to celebrate the turn of events in Afghanistan as a vindication of India's own support for the 'Northern Alliance'. In the long term, however, it demonstrates a shocking combination of strategic myopia and cynicism.

Pakistan : Islamic Threat to Stability

Following the Pakistan government's support to the American-led actions, the Jamaat-i-Islami, has emerged as a leading and vociferous critic of the Musharraf regime. However, as unfolding events demonstrate, and weighed down by its role in Pakistan's past, the Jamaat finds itself isolated and playing much of a lone hand.
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