Regional & Strategic Studies Programme

What is Regional & Strategic Studies Programme?

As the processes of globalisation evolve and the rise of Asian major powers changes the strategic concerns of the region, it is necessary that a think tank like Penang Institute, buoyed by the change in government at the federal level in May 2018, focus on the dynamics of Southeast Asian regionalism, and the relationship between countries in the region and their big neighbours. In many important ways, the regional situation influences the direction of reform in Malaysia. Convinced that n increasingly extroverted national discourse will enhance the sense of nationhood in the country and bring to expression the wider human motives of nationhood, Penang Institute seeks to contribute to discussions about Malaysia’s future in alignment with the future of the region and the world.

Who are the team members?

Mohd Izzuddin Ramli, Analyst
He received his master degree in Political Science from Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM). His research interests include Malay political culture, religion and politics, and subaltern politics, particularly in arts.

Nidhal bin Mujahid, Analyst
Graduated from International Islamic University of Malaysia (IIUM) with a bachelor’s degree of Human Sciences in Political Sciences, his research interest includes the study of Muslim Diaspora in the 18th and 19th century and the relationship between culture and urbanization of Muslims in Penang. He writes occasionally about political Islam and subsequently reads about Malay issues.

Muhamad Nur Lokman Bin Ridzuan, Administrator / Analyst
He has a Bachelor of Art (Hons.) in International and Strategic Studies from the University of Malaya. He holds a deep interest International Relations, Regionalism, Foreign Affairs, Diplomacy, Security (especially in border security and transnational crime), Southeast Asia Political Development & Counter-Terrorism.