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Hun Sen’s gamble

The dissolution of the CNRP protects the prime minister’s position in the short term, but may backfire in the long run.

ASEAN’s myths: creating continuity, rather than change

ASEAN's human rights mechanisms reflect the body's prioritising the interests of national elites. Don't expect it to be of use in resolving the Rohingya crisis.

Sitagu Sayadaw and justifiable evils in Buddhism

One of Myanmar's most revered monks reassures soldiers that norms of nonviolence are suspended in the course of defending the faith.

Marawi: returning to a destroyed city

Mishandling the return of civilian evacuees risks creating new pockets of sympathy for violent extremist groups.

Nguyen Phu Trong: The Elitist

Putting Vietnam’s apparatchik-in-chief in his historical context.

Youth and a culture of protest in Southeast Asia

On the distinctive energy young people are bringing to campaigns for democracy and good governance in Malaysia.

Mosque polling stations and voting for Anies

A correlation between polling stations’ location in houses of worship and support for Anies throws up some interesting questions.

Rethinking Southeast Asian civil society

It’s past time for us to ditch simplistic ideas of “civil society” and its relationship with democracy in the region.

Fighting corruption with spiritual power in East Timor

Support for the KHUNTO party springs from pockets of deep resentment towards the post-independence elite.

Two critical takes after the royal cremation

Patrick Jory and Tyrell Haberkorn on the cremation of King Bhumibol.

Southeast Asian cyberspace: politics, censorship, polarisation

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

Farewelling King Bhumibol in Munich

Snapshots from the Thai community's marking of King Rama IX's cremation.