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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.


A tale of two elections

Max Grömping analyses the challenges to electoral integrity in Singapore and Myanmar.


Nightclubs and nepotism in Singapore

PM's son crashes the party, everyone else goes home.


Duckweed and the dilemma of Singapore’s opposition

Will more non-elected members of parliament bolster or hamper the country’s long-suffering opposition, ask Stefan Tan.


Living in sin in Singapore?

What the ban of shisha says about vice and morality in the island nation.


Spy planes and Singapore

Sino-US tensions increase amid Poseidon spy plane deployment in Singapore.


Democratic contraction in Southeast Asia

Bridget Welsh surveys the rise of a worrying trend in the region.

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New Mandala’s 2015 in review (and Christmas dance)

Scandals, succession, secret payments and more; here are our top articles for the year, and some festive dancing.

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Searching for Singapore’s soul

It's time to scrap 'faux' race categories.

Singapore Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam. Photo: Ernest Chua/ Today

The Tharman effect

Is Singapore ready for a non-Chinese leader?

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Living in Singapore’s material world

Election results show that material comfort trumps civil liberties and political participation.


Business as usual at Singapore Inc

Jennifer Frentasia on why we shouldn’t be surprised by Singapore’s 2015 election results.


Singapore slide

Is the PAP's landslide election victory a reverse for democracy?


Singapore swing

The People’s Action Party’s election victory is the optimal pendulum swing, argues Bridget Welsh.

Is Singapore's democracy coming out of the shadows? Photo by i.am.Leon on flickr https://www.flickr.com/photos/kawattayakusoku/

Small steps towards democracy in Singapore

Friday's election will test ruling party's long-held grip on power.


It’s the crowd that counts in Singapore’s vote

Ordinary citizens set to mark their mark in this Friday's ballot.


Votes and visions of Singapore’s future

Will elections see the dawn of a robust multi-party system?


Hungry ghosts and Singapore’s elections

Bridget Welsh on how the past, present and future are haunting the 2015 vote.


Change is on its way in Singapore

Ahead of elections, Singapore's youth hunger for trust, transparency and new politics.

Supporters at a Workers' Party rally. Photo: Abdul Rahman/ Wikimedia commons.

Surveying Singapore’s snap elections

Short campaign to be shaped by opposition's woes, voters' dilemma and viral media.

Always the ballot bridesmaid: supporters of Singapore's Workers' Party at a rally. Photo by Abdul Rahman on flickr https://www.flickr.com/photos/wp-2011-rallies/

Breaking the mould: Singapore elections 2015

Stale politics to get fresh in ballot defined by key battlegrounds, new contenders and old issues.


The double captivity of ‘Chinese privilege’

Masturah Alatas explores the contentious notion of "Chinese privilege" in Singapore