The dissolution of the CNRP protects the prime minister’s position in the short term, but may backfire in the long run.
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On the distinctive energy young people are bringing to campaigns for democracy and good governance in Malaysia.
It’s past time for us to ditch simplistic ideas of “civil society” and its relationship with democracy in the region.
The internet is both a factor in, and a victim of, the region’s crisis of democracy.
Patrick Jory and Tyrell Haberkorn on the cremation of King Bhumibol.
Two Thai scholars on what the weekend's cremation of King Bhumibol signifies for Thailand.
Snapshots from the Thai community's marking of King Rama IX's cremation.
REVIEWS, NEWS & OBITUARIES
A frank discussion on civil society and Southeast Asia's crisis of democracy.
Myanmar's political and historical realities are a huge challenge for the international response. But the world, including Australia, can still do more to help.
The quantity of laws being passed in Naypyidaw is impressive. The quality is another matter.
Crude speculation about ‘land grabs’ obscures the complex historical roots of today’s Rohingya persecution.
New Mandala’s home base, the ANU Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs, offers world class degree programs on regional politics, security, and more. Learn from globally-recognised experts at Australia's #1 university.
INDONESIA & EAST TIMOR
A correlation between polling stations’ location in houses of worship and support for Anies throws up some interesting questions.
Support for the KHUNTO party springs from pockets of deep resentment towards the post-independence elite.
Oligarchs have weaponised identity politics in their struggles over power and resources. That means it's not going away any time soon.
Why some perceived a racist dog whistle in Anies Baswedan's inaugural address.
The destruction of centuries past should focus the region on preparing for Indonesia’s next mega-eruption.
Mishandling the return of civilian evacuees risks creating new pockets of sympathy for violent extremist groups.
Mounting Maranao frustration could cause further radicalisation after military operations end.
The schooling system makes reading Jose Rizal a chore in the eyes of many young Filipinos. Vicente Rafael and Benedict Anderson's work on Rizal can help them to rediscover the power of his literature.
The case for why Malaysia’s next election is winnable for Pakatan Harapan.
A new film tells the bittersweet story of a young Rohingya refugee's quest for a selfie with Najib.
As Rohingya and supporters gather to remember those buried at Wang Kelian, corruption and official inertia perpetuate human trafficking.
Two factors: the CPP is spooked by its declining electoral fortunes, and the west hasn't spoken up for democracy.
Cambodian officials in their own words on how the CPP and state power are one and the same.
The 2017 commune elections don't point to a decisive result for either the CPP or CNRP next year.