09 August, 2019

The changing face of fake news

Jonathan Corpus Ong, Ross Tapsell and Nicole Curato

New report "Tracking Digitial Disinformation in the 2019 Philippine Midterm Election" examines the rapidly evolving digital disinformation landscape.

Buddhism and authority in Thailand in the long run

พระพุทธศาสนาและผู้มีอำนาจไทยในระยะยาว

Genocide Recognition in the Wake of Nuon Chea’s Death

The passing of Nuon Chea raises questions regarding the legacy of the Khmer Rouge tribunal and in particular about the recognition of genocide.

POLICY AND POLITICS IN INDONESIA

From stagnation to regression? Indonesian democracy after twenty years

The 2019 ANU Indonesia Update conference takes stock of Indonesian democracy.

Mental health care in Indonesia: short on supply, short on demand

If he’s serious about building Indonesia’s “human capital”, Jokowi should make mental health a policy priority.

The post-election challenges for Indonesia’s feminist movement

Progress for pro-women policy requires being honest about the social and political barriers activists face.

Lao dissidents exiled under Thailand’s military rule

The activities of Lao dissidents who have fled to Thailand can offer some insight into anti-regime sentiment in Laos.

THAILAND AT NEW MANDALA

UNDERSTAND INDONESIA’S 2019 ELECTIONS

VISIT THE INDONESIA HOME PAGE

Measuring the ‘NU effect’ in Indonesia’s election

Ma’ruf Amin's electoral benefit was smaller than often assumed—but it was enough to get Jokowi over the line.

Between throwing rocks and a hard place: FPI and the Jakarta riots

Clouds are gathering for the hard-line Islamic group.

Indonesia’s election and the return of ideological competition

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

INDONESIA AT NEW MANDALA

Voting out the landlords in Flores

Economic change is eroding the political power of traditional custodians of land in this part of Eastern Indonesia.

Making policies work for women in Malaysia Baharu

The “i-Suri” scheme shows the PH government continues to make limited strides toward women’s progress.

Reforming higher education in Malaysia: combating entrenched patronage and racial politics

Pakatan Harapan had promised academic freedom and institutional autonomy for public universities. Can it—or will it—deliver?

What will it take to address poverty in Malaysia?

Despite Malaysia’s record of economic growth since the 1970s, poverty remains a persistent, and especially vexing, problem. How likely is a structural remedy under the new PH government?

MALAYSIA, SINGAPORE & BRUNEI

1919, 1969, and memories of Malay cosmopolitanism

Why riots in Wales in June 1919 are a useful resource for appreciating histories of Malay identity beyond the violence of 13 May 1969.

Singapore’s online falsehoods bill will deepen a culture of self-censorship

If the government gets to decide what’s "false", abuse of anti-disinformation laws is all but guaranteed.

Syariah by surprise in Brunei

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

OTHER COUNTRIES & TOPICS

Is a weak USDP good for Myanmar?

Authoritarian successor parties can be an important part of democratic consolidation, so we shouldn’t necessarily welcome a weak USDP.

Diplomatic intelligence

Andrew Selth's recollections of the hazards of the rumour mill in Ne Win-era Myanmar.

Saigon’s hidden presidential palace and forgotten president: the Republic of Cochinchina and Nguyễn Văn Thinh

Reconsidering an oft-overlooked chapter in Vietnam’s decolonisation.

Disappearing Japan: Vajiravudh’s translations of The Mikado and the Thai elite’s admiration of Japan

On what translation can tell us about Thai society and its perspectives on its regional neighbours.

PERSPECTIVES ON THE PAST

The changing face of fake news

New report "Tracking Digitial Disinformation in the 2019 Philippine Midterm Election" examines the rapidly evolving digital disinformation landscape.

The Philippines’ counterrevolution from above

After failing to assemble a critical mass that aggressively rallies for his policies, Duterte is leading a top-down insurgency to overturn to overturn the liberal-democratic establishment.

Mindanao’s future in four conversations

Interviews with Philippine youth voting for first time reveal manifold views of election campaigns

VIDEO: Entrenched Illiberalism in Mainland Southeast Asia

Scholars and activists discuss the region's persistent struggles with democracy at a recent ANU conference.

DEMOCRACY IN CRISIS?

BOOK REVIEWS

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.

Yoga, magic, and politics

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

SOUTH ASIA AT NEAR WEST