14 March, 2019

What if Thailand’s junta can’t control the military?

Paul Chambers

General Prayuth may lead a government after elections this month, but his authority within the armed forces has long been waning.

Swipe in the name of love? Filipina agency in interracial digital dating

Despite built-in power disadvantages, women are still asserting themselves in online matchmaking.

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Fishing for votes in Indonesia

Fishers have become emblematic of the "wong cilik" this election, but their political engagement remains fragmented and localised.

Building a better infrastructure policy after Indonesia’s elections

Jokowi’s overreliance on state-owned enterprises has undesirable side-effects. But the private sector has its own problems.

What will Indonesian women win this election?

Women are central to grassroots campaigning, but what counts as "women's issues" is still hopelessly limited.

THAILAND AT NEW MANDALA

Ungoogleable questions about Thailand’s elections, with Tewarit Maneechai

Understanding Thailand's elections may require looking beyond national politics.

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A Changing Malaysia?

A new series of perspectives on the “Malaysia Baharu” from Malaysian scholars, activists, and policymakers.

Introducing ‘Myanmar Transformed? People, Places and Politics’

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

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.

Performing pluralism: why the BJP wants Muslim friends

In our guest series on South Asia, a look at how the BJP tries to detoxify its Hindu nationalist image with calculated appeals to select Muslim groups.

SOUTH ASIA AT 'NEAR WEST'

MALAYSIA & SINGAPORE

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How Deng and his heirs misunderstood Singapore

Chinese elites have looked to Singapore as a model throughout much of the reform era, but have failed to understand what made the city-state tick.

Pakatan Harapan has the momentum in Sarawak

Time is running out for the state's rebranded BN government, despite a late embrace of 'state nationalism'.

Himpunan 812 and a new rivalry in Malay politics

Observations on what many are calling Malaysia's answer to Indonesia's 212 movement.

Lesbian history in Thailand: value in traces

To kick off LBGTQ+ history month, Emily Donald looks at lesbian history and women’s sexuality in Thailand.

PERSPECTIVES ON THE PAST

DEMOCRACY’S CHALLENGES

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Old dominance, new dominoes in Southeast Asia

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

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