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Forgetting the Battle of Manila

Why does one of the Philippines’ most traumatic wartime experiences loom small in commemorations of WW2?

Myanmar and the second-oldest profession

The long history of intelligence operations under the Burmese kings attests to the fact that Myanmar has long been an intelligence state.

TITEN: a new phase of Biennale Jogja

Missed opportunities were on display at the latest iteration of one of Indonesia's premier art events

Explaining the Prabowo landslide

Prabowo’s win was made possible by his enduring strongman appeal and a playing field tipped in his favour by Jokowi.

Indonesians want a more diverse legislature

A new survey shows support for a class and gender mix that better reflects society.

How do Indonesian businesspeople manage risks in electoral participation?

The 2024 elections illustrate how business figures are taking the business risks out of engaging in political contests

Video: Roundtable on Indonesia’s 2024 elections

ANU experts share their impressions and predictions about Indonesia's election

Indonesian Islamists’ pragmatic pivot in 2024

Hardliners are adapting to electoral realities—and state restraints—in mobilising for Anies Baswedan.

Translating atrocity at the Khmer Rouge Tribunal

The ECCC highlights some hazards of miscommunication and mistranslation in multilingual war crimes proceedings

All New Mandala wants for Christmas is your email address

An end-of-2023 note from the site's editor