09 October, 2018

Jokowi’s authoritarian turn

Tom Power

Once hailed as the saviour of the democratic status quo, Indonesia’s president is now busily degrading democratic norms.

MALAYSIA & SINGAPORE

New regimes, old policies and a bumiputera reboot

Will current levels of caution on Bumiputera policies persist, or will the new government seize the opportunity to reform? Will it remain fearful of being accused of sidelining Malays, or will it make Malays more capable and competitive?

Malay anxiety, exclusion, and national unity

By drawing stricter boundaries between what is ‘Islamic’ and ‘un-Islamic’, and between who is ‘Malay’ and ‘non-Malay’, the anxiety about 'Malay unity' is addressed in a post-May 9 Malaysia.

The uses and abuses of Singaporean history

A falsified version of Singaporean history has found resonance among the conservative fringe in Latin America.

A New Malaysia? #3: reform roadblocks with Bridget Welsh & Shamsul AB

Two leading scholars on the ideological and institutional legacies Pakatan Harapan inherits from the BN regime.

A New Malaysia? #2: Media with Boo Su-Lyn & Zurairi AR

What has and hasn't changed about how the media report on politics and policy after GE14?

A New Malaysia? #1: Meredith Weiss & Ambiga Sreenevasan

The first in a series of podcasts providing a snapshot of Malaysia in the aftermath of GE14.

OTHER COUNTRIES & TOPICS

SEE THE NEW MANDALA ARCHIVES

Introducing ‘Rupture: nature–society transformation in mainland Southeast Asia’

Studying structural reconfigurations of nature and society in the Mekong region and beyond.

VIDEO: Researching ‘rupture’

Videos of the Crawford School's 'Rupture' workshop

‘Illegal migration’ in Arakan: myths and numbers

A look at historical census data yeilds little evidence of widespread illegal migration from Bangladesh.

Lost in literature: why we need to stop the quest for Suvarnabhumi [Part 1]

The idea of finding the El Dorado of Asia is a continuing obsession.

PERSPECTIVES ON THE PAST

Indonesia & East Timor

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Ma’ruf Amin and the inclusion–moderation thesis

Would high political office discipline Ma’ruf Amin’s conservatism, or would his conservatism influence government policy?

Ma’ruf Amin: Jokowi’s Islamic defender or deadweight?

Progressives may hope that Ma’ruf’s conservatism will be checked by realpolitik.

Nahdlatul Ulama is home to its own hardliners

The NU Garis Lurus or 'true path NU' movement shows how the moderate stance of Indonesia's largest Islamic organisation is being internally contested.

Philippines beyond cliches #5: Beauty

Is Pia Wurtzbach, winner of Miss Universe 2015, the contemporary articulation of Philippines beauty standards?

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THAILAND AT NEW MANDALA

Thailand Unsettled #1: The Military (with Puangthong Pawakapan)

In the first episode of Thailand Unsettled, Puangthong Pawakapan tackles the theme of "the military", narrowing in on the Internal Security Operations Command

BOOK REVIEWS

DEMOCRACY IN CRISIS?

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Wielding the purse strings of Southeast Asian civil society

Illiberalism at home, and pro-market ideologies abroad, are putting pressure on Southeast Asian civil society organisations' financial health.

Southeast Asian cyberspace: politics, censorship, polarisation

The internet is both a factor in, and a victim of, the region’s crisis of democracy.

Old dominance, new dominoes in Southeast Asia

Democracy in the region finds itself in dark days. Can anything save it?