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. The editor of New Mandala is Dr Liam Gammon.

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New Mandala was established at the ANU by Prof Andrew Walker and Prof Nicholas Farrelly in June 2006, who co-edited the site until handing over to ANU’s James Giggacher from May 2015 to March 2017. Liam Gammon took over in April 2017 and was the editor until July 2019, followed by Dr Rebecca Gidley and Dr Elly Kent. 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.

New Mandala and the Australian National University

The Australian National University (ANU) 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’s editors make editorial decisions without interference or guidance from the University. The views expressed at New Mandala should be considered contributors’ personal opinions, and are not representative of the views of New Mandala’s individual editors, the Australian National University, or other institutional partners of the site.