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Indonesia’s sugar scandals

The effects of decisions about sugar made during tumultuous periods in Indonesian history linger into the contemporary era.

The Rajapaksa regime: navigating the victor’s peace

The climate of increased repression is having a chilling effect on CSOs (civil society organisations), especially those with a human rights focus.

Leadership does matter: Thailand’s COVID-19 response

Citizen trust in Thailand’s political system has been seriously affected by the problems in the handling of the pandemic.

Traumatic Pasts in Asia: The editors’ account

These case studies analyse both the psychological and communal effects of violence and natural disasters and how communities attempt to overcome their effects.

Profile: Hunter Marston on shifting from Buddhist philosophy to politics in Myanmar

"I saw for the first time that Buddhist philosophy was connected to daily struggles and politics at a very fundamental level."

The pursuit of communitarianism at the expense of true harmony

...with persistent advocacy outside of the courts and increased social acceptance...it is possible for the ideal family unit to expand beyond heterosexual norms.

Vale Dr Ni Win Zaw, Head, Department of Library and Information Studies, University of Yangon

Dr Ni Win Zaw’s vision and commitment to development of education will take considerable time to replace.

An absence felt: Thai foreign policy’s decade of retrenchment

...more critical than leadership or domestic politics in accounting for Thailand’s decade of foreign policy retrenchment is...regional and geopolitics.

The sick man of Asia: COVID-19 lockdowns and cyclical expansion of healthcare inequalities

This public health problem demands a radically different solution.

Weaponising COVID-19

The 2020 Protest posed an existential threat to the Thai state. The government of Prayuth Chan-ocha has enlisted every available weapon to fight back, including COVID-19.

Taliban rule restored in Afghanistan: security implications for Indonesia

The loyalty of some Islamist groups to AQ, and by extension, the Taliban, is evident from the content posted on their respective affiliated websites and publications.

Politics first, economy second: a review of the 2021 Myanmar Economic Update

Throughout the update, the importance of targeting any sanctions imposed by the international community was also emphasised.