‘Tao Po’: A new theatre of war

Introducing a series of short reflections on Tao Po, a one-person play that grapples with the Philippines' drug war.

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BOOK REVIEWS

THAILAND AT NEW MANDALA

Lost in literature: the misuse of western sources and perspectives [Part III]

On the the misuse of western historical sources in the search for Suvarnabhumi.

PERSPECTIVES ON THE PAST

Indonesia & East Timor

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Notes on 212 in 2018: more politics, less unity

The second reunion of the 2016 anti-Ahok rally was a show of force from FPI ahead of elections.

Playing the marriage card in Indonesia

A proposal for marriage registration cards is an invitation for more moral surveillance of Indonesian citizens.

Watch the 2018 ANU Indonesia Update

Expert speakers discuss the state of Indonesia's politics and economy in 2018, with the focus on the status of minorities.

OTHER COUNTRIES & TOPICS

SEE THE NEW MANDALA ARCHIVES

The end of the road for the Khmer Rouge tribunal

The Nuon Chua and Khieu Samphan verdicts are likely a fitting end for the ECCC and its complicated legacy.

Welcoming ‘Near West’ to New Mandala

New Mandala will be home to a South Asia guest section in the lead up to India's general elections.

Where in the world is Cambodia?

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

MALAYSIA & SINGAPORE

Rebellion and regret: talking to rural voters after GE14

The ‘new Malaysia’ is viewed with sceptical eyes in poor rural communities in Johor.

A new electoral system for a new Malaysia

The majoritarian first-past-the-post system has had its day. It’s time to think about bold options for reform.

Malay dominance remains despite UMNO’s rout

Despite the routing of UMNO at GE14 amid regime change, Malay politicians still dominate the new coalition government.

The uses and abuses of Singaporean history

A falsified version of Singaporean history has found resonance among the conservative fringe in Latin America.

A New Malaysia? #3: reform roadblocks with Bridget Welsh & Shamsul AB

Two leading scholars on the ideological and institutional legacies Pakatan Harapan inherits from the BN regime.

A New Malaysia? #2: Media with Boo Su-Lyn & Zurairi AR

What has and hasn't changed about how the media report on politics and policy after GE14?

DEMOCRACY IN CRISIS?

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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.

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?