23 September, 2016

A recipe for disaster?

Prischa Listiningrum & Rizqi Bachtiar

What the closure of a food stall during Ramadan says about the challenges of decentralisation in Indonesia.

New Comments

Monks receive alms in Myanmar.

A taxing problem

‘Duty’ isn’t enough to boost Myanmar’s tax revenue, writes Gerard McCarthy.


Time running out for Timor-Leste

Will UN conciliation end the Timor Sea dispute?

Photo: Phyo WP/ Wikimedia commons

Local democracy in Myanmar

New paper examines local elections and the future of decentralisation.

Buddhist monk Thailand

Religion after the referendum

Why Thailand's new constitution could lead to greater religious tension and violence.


The tragedy of communal land in Indonesia

Study finds low productivity and high conflict on shared land in some of Indonesia's poorest provinces.


Behind the rifts in modern Malaysia

Malaysians are rallying behind arrogance, antagonism and illiberalism.


Digital can breach the divide

Indonesia shows why digital literacy is just as important for Australia as Asia literacy.


Journeys without maps in Myanmar

More open politics and new technologies are putting much of the country back on the beaten path.


Myanmar’s Rohingya need tomorrow’s fairer world today

Can the Kofi Annan-chaired commission chart a path to peace and human rights for the Rohingya?


How human rights can win Duterte’s war

Human rights can have a place in Duterte’s war against drugs.

Four hundred years of free fall

Why the price of rice is set for a downward spiral.

Cambodian farmers planting rice. Photo: Brad Collis/ Wikimedia commons

Trapped in economic upheaval

Unskilled workers are at risk of exploitation in the ASEAN Economic Community.

Indonesia frigate

A policy without a strategy

Indonesia’s future in the Indian Ocean.

A shroud of violence in the Philippines

Why does Filipino society paradoxically accept violent means to contain violence?


Communists and contradictions in Vietnam

The country's rulers are caught between renewal and maintaining Communism with Vietnamese characteristics.


Same old wine, brand new bottle

Stumbling blocks to peace at the 21st Century Panglong Conference.

Philippines' president-elect Rodrigo Duterte speaks during a press conference in Davao City, in southern island of Mindanao on May 26, 2016. 
Explosive incoming Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte has launched a series of obscenity-filled attacks on the Catholic Church, branding local bishops corrupt "sons of whores" who are to be blamed for the nation's fast-growing population. / AFP / MANMAN DEJETO        (Photo credit should read MANMAN DEJETO/AFP/Getty Images)

The Duterte paradox

Is the Philippines heading towards developmental authoritarianism?


Malaysia the fragile federation

Whether it is 53 or 59, an old debate shows why Sabah and Sarawak may not be celebrating independence.


Past friends need to work on their future

Indonesia has a long way to go. Australia should go with it.