Hosted by the Australian National University’s (ANU) Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs, New Mandala provides anecdote, analysis and new perspectives on mainland Southeast Asia.

The site was established in June 2006, with co-founder Dr Nicholas Farrelly editing and running the site until 2015.  In May that year, James Giggacher was appointed as editor, with Mish Khan also joining as associate editor.

Since its inception the site has devoted its attention to the politics and societies of Southeast Asia, and especially Thailand and Myanmar. Increasingly its focus stretches to Malaysia, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Indonesia and the Philippines.

In collaboration with the Thailand-Laos-Cambodia Group of the Association of Asian Studies New Mandala also runs a successful book review series.

New Mandala hosts regular guest contributions from a network of regional experts, journalists and other writers who add their own voices to the website’s mix. The site is also strengthened by the dozens of comments it receives each day.

New Mandala is proud of its ongoing contributions to scholarly and popular debates, and of its pioneering role in the digitisation of Southeast Asian studies and the practice of academic blogging.

Find out how to send us an article or make a contribution here.

If you have a complaint about material on New Mandala you should, in the first instance, write to editor-in-chief Dr Nicholas Farrelly ( In most cases materials brought to the editor’s attention in this way can be quickly dealt with.