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

Mohd Fauzi Abu-Hussin, Mohd Afandi Salleh, Badlihisham Mohd Nasir
  • The Pacific Review, February 2015, Taylor & Francis
  • DOI: 10.1080/09512748.2015.1011213

Beyond religious affinity: Malaysia's relations with Arab Gulf

What is it about?

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.

Why is it important?

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.

The following have contributed to this page: Dr Mohd Fauzi Abu-Hussin