Shock Poll

An Interview with Joshua Kurlantzick

The surprise return to power of former prime minister Mahathir Mohamed in Malaysia’s recent elections — and the promised return of his former enemy, Anwar Ibrahim — has opened a new possibility for the island nation: a movement towards democracy. But, warns, the CFR’s Joshua Kurlantzick, that path is fraught with risks and dangers.

Octavian Report: What are the dynamics in Malaysia that delivered the surprise May election result? Should it have been such a surprise?

Joshua Kurlantzick: I was definitely not expecting it. There were some indications, but I think the fact that a lot …

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