New Mandala provides anecdote, analysis and new perspectives on Southeast Asia. It devotes its attention to the politics and societies of Southeast Asian countries, and their connections with one another. New Mandala has a proud record of contribution to scholarly and popular debates and played a pioneering role in the digitisation of Southeast Asian studies.

New Mandala is hosted by the Australian National University’s (ANU) Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs in the College of Asia and the Pacific. It is edited by Dr Rebecca Gidley.

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History
New Mandala was established in June 2006, with co-founder Dr Nicholas Farrelly editing and running the site until 2015. James Giggacher edited the site from May 2015 to March 2017. Liam Gammon took over in April 2017 and was the editor until July 2019. New Mandala was first established to focus on Thailand and Myanmar but has since expanded to cover the entire Southeast Asian region, and even surrounding provinces and countries. You can read more about New Mandala’s co-founders’ reflections on the history of the site upon its 10th birthday in 2016.

Advisory Board
New Mandala’s Advisory Board is chaired by Dr Marcus Mietzner. Its members are:

Dr Julien Barbara
Dr Nicole Curato
A/Prof Bina D’Costa
A/Prof Bjoern Dressel
Dr Nicholas Farrelly
A/Prof Greg Fealy
Dr Cecilia Jacob
Dr Lia Kent
Dr Amy King
Dr Greg Raymond
Dr Lauren Richardson
Dr Graeme Smith
Dr Ross Tapsell
Prof Brendan Taylor
Dr Katrin Travouillon
Prof Geoffrey Wiseman

New Mandala’s supporters


New Mandala is grateful for financial support from a number of institutions. New Mandala only accepts such support on the condition that donors play no role in editorial decision-making. The views expressed at New Mandala should accordingly be considered contributors’ personal opinions, and not representative of the views of New Mandala’s individual editors, the Australian National University, or other donors and partners.

The Australian National University has been proud to host New Mandala since the site’s founding in 2006. The ANU is a world-leading centre for research and teaching on the Asia Pacific region, and has a celebrated history of contribution to the study of Southeast Asia that continues to this day. New Mandala’s home base within the ANU is the Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs at the College of Asia and the Pacific. New Mandala works with the ANU Malaysia Institute and the South Asia Research Institute (SARI) to support specialist commentary on Malaysia and South Asia respectively.

The Tifa Foundation is the Indonesian affiliate of the Open Society Foundations (OSF). Since 2017, Tifa has supported New Mandala’s publication of our series of expert commentaries on the crisis of democratic space in contemporary Southeast Asia. [Visit the Tifa Foundation website]

 The Knowledge Sector Initiative (KSI) is a partnership between the Australian and Indonesian governments that promotes evidence-based policymaking in Indonesia by supporting research institutions and their engagement with policymakers. KSI supports New Mandala’s Indonesia Correspondent Fellows program. [Visit the KSI website]