Cooperation and Pragmatism: Malaysian Foreign Policy under Najib


Joshua R. Johnson

Asia Pacific Bulletin, No. 63


Washington, D.C.: East-West Center

Publication Date: June 3, 2010
Binding: Electronic
Pages: 2
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At an April 15, 2010, presentation in Washington, Malaysia's Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak remarked that his country's relationship with the United States is approaching a "new beginning." If his recent bilateral meeting with President Obama on the sidelines of the April 2010 Nuclear Security Summit is any indication, he may be right. The meeting was significant in that it demonstrated the potential emergence of a deeper, more cooperative relationship between the United States and Malaysia. It also showcased a more conciliatory Malaysia that may endeavor to defuse recurrent tensions with its regional neighbors. Joshua R. Johnson explores developments in Malaysian foreign policy under Najib.

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