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Islamic leaders don’t get their ‘copy and paste’ of Jakarta

Details on a falling out between pro-Anies Baswedan political parties and the religious leaders behind the 212 movement.

Disinformation and democracy in Indonesia

Crackdowns on ‘fake news’ producers aren’t enough—Indonesian voters need better journalism and greater digital literacy.

Thailand in 2018: no neat exit strategy for junta

The status quo isn't sustainable, but none of the likely exit strategies for the junta will give it what it wants.

From datus to trapos: reading Philippine history in the OED

How an English dictionary documents different eras of linguistic exchange between Filipinos and their colonisers.

Introducing the Association for Mainland Southeast Asia Scholars (AMSEAS)

New association "seeks to foster and facilitate opportunities for the advancement of research and knowledge relevant to Mainland Southeast Asia."

Piety, politics, and the popularity of Felix Siauw

An ethnic Chinese convert to hardline Islam stands out in Indonesia’s crowded Islamic preaching market.

A letter from the editor

Farewell and good riddance to 2017, and thanks to all New Mandala contributors and readers throughout the year.

New Mandala’s top posts of 2017

Revisit our 20 most-read posts published throughout the year.

The church and peacebuilding in Chin State

Amid challenges to NGO participation in peace process, churches have filled the void.

“Religion” and “belief” in Indonesia: what’s the difference?

In insisting that “animist” faiths be given a lower status than “religion”, Islamic leaders ignore how the false divide between them was constructed in the first place.

Jokowi’s military reshuffle is all about 2019

Jokowi moved quickly to shift a controversial armed forces chief into retirement. The 2019 elections were at the front of his mind.

Mengapa media gagal meliput Papua?

Nasihat dari seorang wartawan Indonesia bagi kawan-kawannya yang meliput isu-isu Papua.