15 July, 2019

Follow the leader: personalities, policy and partisanship in Indonesia

Diego Fossati, Burhannudin Muhtadi & Eve Warburton

New survey data show how strongly partisanship effects Indonesians’ policy preferences.

From stagnation to regression? Indonesian democracy after twenty years

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

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.

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

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Religion, ethnicity, and Indonesia’s 2019 presidential election

The results are suggestive of a growth in regional and religious divides since 2014.

Indonesia’s election and the return of ideological competition

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

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

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

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.

Notes from the Salween Peace Park

Weary of Myanmar’s elite-driven peace process, some communities in Karen State are trying something different.

Making and unmaking decolonisation: Civilised by The Necessary Stage (Singapore)

Nien Yuan Cheng continues her commentary on how Singapore artists are responding to the Bicentennial.

PERSPECTIVES ON THE PAST

The Philippine midterms and the new ‘presidential bandwagon’

Duterte’s success on 13 May entrenches populism further.

The neglected promise of Marawi Rehabilitation

Two years on since Marawi's siege and the city remains in ruin. Will locals ever be able to return?

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