Indonesia’s minority report

Indonesian law recognises both international human rights norms and 'religious values'. The latter are increasingly taking precedence.

Education on the fringe in Indonesia

A snapshot of the problems of Indonesia's education system from highland Papua.

Historical Perspectives on Philippine Contemporary Art

A historically-focussed review of the AGNSW's Passion + Procession: Art of the Philippines exhibition.

Rohingya radicalisation in Malaysia: Where’s the evidence?

Claims of widespread Rohingya radicalisation in Malaysia don't ring true on the ground.

Singapore’s mystifying political succession

Why is the PAP sidelining the most worthy candidate to succeed Lee Hsien Loong?

Kean Wong is our GE14 editor

The experienced journalist and editor joins the New Mandala team as Contributing Editor to oversee our coverage of Malaysia's upcoming general election.

The Philippines’ Chinese FDI boom: more politics than geopolitics

A common logic—play nice with Beijing, get investment—doesn't fit the facts in the Philippines.

UNESCO heritage-lists Indonesian wooden boat building

Maritime historian Jeffrey Mellefont on why UNESCO has recognised the cultural significance of South Sulawesi boat-building.

The New Way: Protestantism and the Hmong in Vietnam

The New Books in Southeast Asian Studies podcast talks to Tam Ngo about her new book on protestantism in Hmong society in Vietnam.

Terrorist arbitrage in Southeast Asia

Jihadists know how to take advantage of the unique space for mobilisation offered by the Indonesia–Malaysia–Philippines triborder area. Governments are still catching up.

Ownership and control in 21st century Malaysia

Terence Gomez's 'Minister of Finance Incorporated' is a important statement on Malaysian political economy, comparable to James Puthucheary's of 58 years ago.

Five reasons why I don’t always like art galleries

A personally-confronting reflection on why, sometimes, art galleries don’t seem to work for the author.