16 March, 2018

From battlefield to marketplace on the Thai–Myanmar border

Shona Loong

Thai–Myanmar relations are on the up. But what happens to the large and still-marginalised migrant communities in Thai border towns like Mae Sot?

Gareth Evans on confronting Hun Sen

Read the former Australian foreign minister's remarks made at the "Cambodia on the Brink" conference in Canberra.

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.

Explaining the crackdown in Cambodia

Two factors: the CPP is spooked by its declining electoral fortunes, and the west hasn't spoken up for democracy.

Perspectives on the Past at New Mandala

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




Disinformation and democracy in Indonesia

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

An interview with Mu Sochua

The public face of Cambodia's exiled CNRP leadership on surviving and regrouping after Hun Sen's crackdown.

Old dominance, new dominos in Southeast Asia

Democracy in the region finds itself in dark days. Can anything save it?


Claudio Sopranzetti on “Owners of the Map”

New Books in Southeast Asian Studies talks to Claudio Sopranzetti about his monograph on the political role of Bangkok's motorbike taxi drivers.


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.


Bulldozers and palms in Aceh

Snapshots of the new socio-ecological dynamics in post-reconstruction Aceh.

Indonesia’s Constitutional Court and public opinion

Data suggest public opinion and civil society do influence judges. That's both good and bad for the quality of their decisions.

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.

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.


New Mandala leads the conversation on Indonesian Islam, politics, and political economy ahead of Jokowi's fight for reelection in 2019.

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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.

Two critical takes after the royal cremation

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

Two Thai views on the Royal Cremation

Two Thai scholars on what the weekend's cremation of King Bhumibol signifies for Thailand.


Singapore’s mystifying political succession

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

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.

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.

Rohingya radicalisation in Malaysia: Where’s the evidence?

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

The church and peacebuilding in Chin State

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

Should we boycott Myanmar tourism?

Further isolating the Myanmar public from international perspectives will do nothing to help the Rohingya.


"the place of...[Myanmar's] non-national-race groups is precarious...the only way available to them politically...is to submit to the politics of domination inherent in the national races project"


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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.

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.

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.