Hosted by the Australian National University’s (ANU) Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs, New Mandala provides anecdote, analysis and new perspectives on Southeast Asia.

The site was established in June 2006, with co-founder Dr Nicholas Farrelly editing and running the site until 2015. Since April 2017, the editor of the site has been Liam Gammon, taking over from James Giggacher. Liam is assisted by country editor Dr Nicole Curato (the Philippines). You can read more about New Mandala’s co-founders’ reflections on the history of the site upon its 10th birthday in 2016.

Since its inception the site has devoted its attention to the politics and societies of Southeast Asia, originally focusing on Thailand and Myanmar. Over the years it focus has extended to Malaysia, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Indonesia, the Philippines, Brunei, East Timor and Singapore, and has featured writing from China’s Yunnan Province and Bangladesh. New Mandala also runs a successful book review series.

New Mandala is proud of its ongoing contributions to scholarly and popular debates, and of its pioneering role in the digitisation of Southeast Asian studies and the practice of academic blogging.

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If you have a complaint about material on New Mandala you should, in the first instance, write to editor-in-chief Dr Nicholas Farrelly ([email protected]). In most cases materials brought to the editor’s attention in this way can be quickly dealt with.

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]