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Singapore

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.

Lee Morgenbesser on ‘Behind the Façade’

The New Books in Southeast Asian Studies podcast explores the idea that elections can be instrumentalised by dictators to reinforce their rule.

Perspectives on the Past at New Mandala

Welcoming the University of Sydney's Southeast Asian history bloggers to New Mandala.

Singapore’s mystifying political succession

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

To infinity and beyond: the Singapore History Gallery (review)

A review of the refurbished Singapore History Gallery at the National Museum of Singapore.

Gopal Baratham: “Orwell of the Orient”

The novelist's work remains a useful window on the politics of freedom of (and from) speech in Singapore.

Governing Singapore, beyond Lee Kuan Yew

Lee Kuan Yew isn't to blame if Singapore's political class can't let go of him.

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?

‘Ghosts and Spectres – Shadows of History’ at the NTU Centre for Contemporary Art: A Review/Memory

A personal account of the author's visit to this exhibition, foregrounding both her construction of state narratives and the curatorial staging of narratives in the gallery.

The ending of The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye… and what it says about history-telling

An embodied response to Sonny Liew's graphic novel and what it reveals about history-telling.

An American in Singapore: Devin Smith on the story of Lim Bo Seng

A personal account of an American musician and videographer grappling with the historical biography of Singapore's Lim Bo Seng.

ASEAN: same, same not different

Why trade trumps tolerance in the regional bloc.

Tough year for human rights in Southeast Asia

2016 was not a good year for the region's civil liberties, writes Bridget Welsh.

Stubbornly separate

What an unusual community in Singapore says about people power.

Singapore PM throws Trump major ‘shade’

Hearty congratulations shines a prescient light on dark days for democracy in the US of A.

Confronting ‘Chinese privilege’ in Singapore

Can coming face-to-face with a complex issue ensure justice, equality, and racial harmony?

Farewell to a King

Michael Leadbetter reports on the funeral for the King of Cambodia & the passing of the King of Thailand & Lee Kuan Yew.

Graft games

How corruption fuels Southeast Asia's democratic deficit.

The ASEAN experiment

Nicholas Farrelly and Kishore Mahbubani on the organisation's past, present and future.