Jokowi moved quickly to shift a controversial armed forces chief into retirement. The 2019 elections were at the front of his mind.
DEMOCRACY IN CRISIS
The public face of Cambodia's exiled CNRP leadership on surviving and regrouping after Hun Sen's crackdown.
The internet is both a factor in, and a victim of, the region’s crisis of democracy.
Democracy in the region finds itself in dark days. Can anything save it?
The dissolution of the CNRP protects the prime minister’s position in the short term, but may backfire in the long run.
Two factors: the CPP is spooked by its declining electoral fortunes, and the west hasn't spoken up for democracy.
Cambodian officials in their own words on how the CPP and state power are one and the same.
Patrick Jory and Tyrell Haberkorn on the cremation of King Bhumibol.
Two Thai scholars on what the weekend's cremation of King Bhumibol signifies for Thailand.
Snapshots from the Thai community's marking of King Rama IX's cremation.
MALAYSIA & SINGAPORE
The novelist's work remains a useful window on the politics of freedom of (and from) speech in Singapore.
Lee Kuan Yew isn't to blame if Singapore's political class can't let go of him.
The case for why Malaysia’s next election is winnable for Pakatan Harapan.
Further isolating the Myanmar public from international perspectives will do nothing to help the Rohingya.
Scholars are meant to understand and explain the roots of atrocities. But do situations like that of the Rohingya demand that they do more?
One of Myanmar's most revered monks reassures soldiers that norms of nonviolence are suspended in the course of defending the faith.
REVIEWS, NEWS & OBITUARIES
A frank discussion on civil society and Southeast Asia's crisis of democracy.
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INDONESIA & EAST TIMOR
On the reunion of 2016’s anti-Ahok protests: the ‘awakening’ of Islamic identity means togetherness to some, and division to others.
A correlation between polling stations’ location in houses of worship and support for Anies throws up some interesting questions.
Support for the KHUNTO party springs from pockets of deep resentment towards the post-independence elite.
Oligarchs have weaponised identity politics in their struggles over power and resources. That means it's not going away any time soon.
Why some perceived a racist dog whistle in Anies Baswedan's inaugural address.
Duterte’s violent response to local threats has reignited Mindanao’s conflicts. Regional allies should stand up to his government, not prop it up.
Mishandling the return of civilian evacuees risks creating new pockets of sympathy for violent extremist groups.
Mounting Maranao frustration could cause further radicalisation after military operations end.