Sophie Lemière

Sophie Lemière

Sophie Lemière is a Visiting Fellow at the Asia Research Institute, University of Nottingham, Malaysia. She is also Adjunct Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC and runs a political consulting firm based in Kuala Lumpur.

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Opinion | Forget 1MDB, could Najib Razak be Malaysia’s next prime minister?

Ironically, the second coming of a leader implicated in a global financial scandal is based on an appeal to nostalgia for a pre-Covid, more prosperous time, writes Sophie Lemière.

Ironically, the second coming of a leader implicated in a global financial scandal is based on an appeal to nostalgia for a pre-Covid, more prosperous time, writes Sophie Lemière.

6 Dec 2021 - 1:33PM
Opinion | Malaysia’s political pendulum has already swung back to Umno. Is Muhyiddin next?

The former premier’s position heading the National Recovery Council is another sign of his survival instinct – and don’t discount another bid for the top job.

The former premier’s position heading the National Recovery Council is another sign of his survival instinct – and don’t discount another bid for the top job.

7 Sep 2021 - 10:47AM
Opinion | As ‘pandemic premier’ Muhyiddin survives yet again, what’s next for him – and Malaysia?

While many believe Muhyiddin’s days at the helm are numbered, Mahathir’s reinvention shows political memories are short. Can the current PM do the same?

While many believe Muhyiddin’s days at the helm are numbered, Mahathir’s reinvention shows political memories are short. Can the current PM do the same?

5 Aug 2021 - 11:11AM
Opinion | In Malaysia and Tunisia alike, young democracies are being destabilised by dysfunctional leadership

In Malaysia, the state of emergency is poised to end, as announced last week during a special session of parliament. In Tunisia, the turmoil may be just beginning.

In Malaysia, the state of emergency is poised to end, as announced last week during a special session of parliament. In Tunisia, the turmoil may be just beginning.

1 Aug 2021 - 4:49PM
Opinion | In Malaysia’s constant crisis, conditions are perfect for Muhyiddin the politician

Not only have people underestimated the prime minister, but he has used this to his advantage to deceive his adversaries and exploit the weaknesses of a disorderly opposition.

Not only have people underestimated the prime minister, but he has used this to his advantage to deceive his adversaries and exploit the weaknesses of a disorderly opposition.

18 Jun 2021 - 8:21PM
Opinion | As Malaysia confronts rape culture in schools, conservative norms are being scrutinised

Rather than the consequences of Islamic conservatism, the controversy is a symptom of a global culture of gendered violence.

Rather than the consequences of Islamic conservatism, the controversy is a symptom of a global culture of gendered violence.

13 May 2021 - 6:18PM
Opinion | Amid Malaysia’s political chaos, is the country’s king carving out a new place for himself?

While Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah’s unprecedented statements and actions are seen by some as contradictory to the king’s constitutional role, it can be argued he is portraying himself as a guarantor of stability.

While Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah’s unprecedented statements and actions are seen by some as contradictory to the king’s constitutional role, it can be argued he is portraying himself as a guarantor of stability.

18 Dec 2020 - 12:37AM
Opinion | Mahathir is always right – his comments about Macron need context. But so does France’s relationship with Islam

The French president’s statement that ‘Islam is in crisis’ reflects the country’s failure to address the challenges of immigration and colonial memory.

The French president’s statement that ‘Islam is in crisis’ reflects the country’s failure to address the challenges of immigration and colonial memory.

3 Nov 2020 - 8:57AM
Opinion | Anwar Ibrahim’s prophecy of power could come true at last. But for Malaysia, it might be better if it didn’t

As the Malaysian democracy icon prepares to meet the country’s king on Tuesday, there is growing anticipation that he might finally get a shot at becoming prime minister.

As the Malaysian democracy icon prepares to meet the country’s king on Tuesday, there is growing anticipation that he might finally get a shot at becoming prime minister.

18 Dec 2020 - 12:59AM