Beyond religious religious affinity: Malaysia's relations with countries in the Arab Gulf

abu hussin, mohd fauzi and Salleh, Mohd Afandi and mohd nasir, badlihisham (2015) Beyond religious religious affinity: Malaysia's relations with countries in the Arab Gulf. The Pacific Review, 28 (4). pp. 461-482. ISSN 0951-2748 (Print) 1470-1332 (Online)

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Abstract

Abstract: Economic and political changes at the global level have simultaneously shifted Malaysia's interests in the Arab Gulf countries. The economic liberalisation and transformation agenda that emerged in these economies are argued to be contributing factors to Malaysia's interest in expanding its economic relationships with the countries. Although the current cooperation between Malaysia and the Arab Gulf countries is aimed at reaping economic benefits, religious values also constitute an important foundation for these relationships. This article seeks to understand why politics, economics and religion remain the key drivers in determining Malaysia's relations with the Arab Gulf countries. The paper also suggests a future direction for engagement between Malaysia and Gulf Cooperation Council countries.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: J Political Science > JZ International relations
Faculty / Institute: Faculty of Law, Accountancy & International Relations
Depositing User: A.P. Dr Mohd Afandi Salleh
Date Deposited: 10 Feb 2016 02:11
Last Modified: 10 Feb 2016 02:11
URI: http://erep.unisza.edu.my/id/eprint/4493

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