22 April, 2019

Indonesia’s election and the return of ideological competition

Edward Aspinall

Renewed rivalry between pluralists and Islamists coexists with catch-all patronage politics.

UNDERSTAND INDONESIA’S 2019 ELECTIONS

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Polarisation in Indonesia: what if perception is reality?

Considering whether five years of Jokowi–Prabowo competition is dividing Indonesian society.

Jokowi and the preachers: an ambiguous pre-election relationship

Reflections on socio-religious developments and the political role of Indonesia’s Islamic preachers appealing to the middle class.

Indonesia’s elections in the periphery: a view from Maluku

The eastern islands showcase how national-level polarisation filters through to the grassroots, but also how the realities of decentralised power interfere with national-level political designs.

INDONESIA AT NEW MANDALA

An anti-feminist wave in Indonesia’s election?

Socially conservative female candidates are making their mark in the 2019 legislative elections.

MALAYSIA, SINGAPORE & BRUNEI

An interview with Malaysia’s Foreign Minister, Saifuddin Abdullah

Answering New Mandala's questions on the "New Malaysia" and its place in the region and the world.

Syariah by surprise in Brunei

The latest extension of Islamic criminal law was kept under wraps, even for Bruneians.

Business as usual: regime change and GLCs in Malaysia

Pakatan is using state enterprise as a tool of patronage just as well as Barisan.

Elite realignment, a populist moment: reflections on Thailand’s 2019 general elections

เลือกตั้ง 62: ชนชั้นนำแตกเป็นเสี่ยงและประชานิยมทางการเมือง

THAILAND AT NEW MANDALA

Why so serious: the limits of liberal democracy in the Philippines

Populism has left liberal democracy on the defensive. Liberals might think to adopt elements of Duterte's populist idiom.

Key issues in the midterm elections: a perspective from the Bangsamoro

Should we consider the 2019 polls as a preview of politics in the soon-to-be autonomous region?

Campaigning and killing: violence against politicians in the Southern Philippines

Data on killings reconfirm how pervasive electoral violence remains.

Yoga, magic, and politics

Contemporary Indian fiction shows a different awareness regarding the politics of spirituality.

SOUTH ASIA AT NEAR WEST

BOOK REVIEWS

Will oil hunters destroy Thailand’s biggest ancient city?

A proposal to build oil drilling rigs 100 metres from an archaeological site near Si Thep Historical Park jeopardises what may be Thailand's oldest and biggest ancient city.

PERSPECTIVES ON THE PAST

CAMBODIA

Like it or not, the CPP still needs the West

The idea that China will “bail out” Cambodia if the West applies sanctions is fanciful, and the government knows it.

Where in the world is Cambodia?

The international community needs to take seriously the scepticism of many Cambodians about its intentions.

Disagreements and design flaws at Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge Tribunal

The dismissal of the case against Im Chaem highlights longstanding worries about the future viability of the ECCC.

MYANMAR

Introducing ‘Myanmar Transformed? People, Places and Politics’

The latest on the ANU’s Myanmar Update conference series.

‘Illegal migration’ in Arakan: myths and numbers

A look at historical census data yeilds little evidence of widespread illegal migration from Bangladesh.

Assessing the Rohingya crisis

With the expulsion of the Rohingya largely a fait accompli, the world must face up to engaging with a very different Myanmar.

Old dominance, new dominoes in Southeast Asia

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

DEMOCRACY IN CRISIS?