Quotas guarantee high levels of female representation in parliament. But patronage, and thus political power, remains decidedly in male hands.
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.
Some reflections from an odd, and at turns crass, fast breaking event inside a Jakarta shopping mall.
Neither Ahok nor Anies can change the fact that those who own the city have enormous influence over how it's run.
Forget oligarchy. Ahok's governorship, like Jokowi's before him, has been a boon for state enterprise.
A report from the pathbreaking Indonesian Female Ulama Congress in Cirebon, West Java.
What Jakarta's election highlighted most was not tensions between socioeconomic groups, but cultural tensions within the Muslim middle class itself.
Extremism filled the credibility vacuum left by the Phillippine state in Marawi. Here’s what Manila can do to build a peace based on trust.
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.
Preventing more Marawis means appreciating how failures of governance open pathways for radicalisation in Mindanao.
Nicholas Farrelly's new Lowy Institute paper explores the tensions beneath the surface of Thailand's military–monarchy 'survival pact'.
The UNODC’s ambassador for rule of law in Southeast Asia might consider focusing her advocacy on those locked up for criticising her family and its pets.
How the junta's urban development plans target the poor and their politics.
As Rohingya and supporters gather to remember those buried at Wang Kelian, corruption and official inertia perpetuate human trafficking.
Threatened by neglect and officialdom, can the great Malay tradition of Joget Gamelan make a comeback?
The ideological conservatism of young PAS cadres was on full display at the party's national congress.
MP's Constituency Development Funds are criticised for promoting clientelism. But we should take a more nuanced view of their role in Myanmar's new politics.
Rumours about Myanmar’s Muslims are seen to contain an element of “truth” because they project blame for decades of suffering under military rule.
The eLibrary Myanmar Project is helping libraries make the leap from isolation to digitisation, both of their own outstanding collections and global publications.
The 2017 commune elections don't point to a decisive result for either the CPP or CNRP next year.
How can youth help enhance relations with Vietnam?
New laws effectively rig upcoming elections.
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A tribute to the life and work of the acclaimed anthropologist, who passed away on 1 May 2017.