Imran Said

Imran Said is a freelance writer currently based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He has written on international security, history, and politics for several publications.

In Southeast Asia, the Bad Guys are Staging a Comeback

Across Southeast Asia, former autocrats are staging their comebacks, exploiting ethnic and religious divisions, as well as fragile institutions. In Myanmar, a decade of cautious democratisation was violently upended by a military coup last year, while, in more recent times, once-disgraced kleptocratic forces in the Philippines and Malaysia have managed

Imran Said
Imran Said
7 min read

Across the Muslim World, Islamism is Going out of Vogue

Though the Taliban has once again taken power in Afghanistan, they have come back at a rather inopportune time. Across the Muslim world, many seem to be souring on Islamists, defined as those who derive legitimacy from Islam and advocate for modern states to be governed along Islamic precepts, both

Imran Said
Imran Said
14 min read

Pax Americana is Here to Stay

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Imran Said
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Indonesia's Unlikely Democracy Remains Resilient

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Imran Said
11 min read

Malaysia's Struggle to Preserve Religious Pluralism

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Imran Said
11 min read

Neo-Orientalism and the Left

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Imran Said
5 min read