The rise of performance politics in Indonesia?

What does it mean for Indonesia’s political development when elites and voters view democracy in instrumental terms?

Indonesia and North Korea: warm memories of the Cold War

Friendly ties to Pyongyang have been an emblem of non-alignment for generations of Indonesian foreign policy makers.

Indonesia’s virtual capital

In the online version of Nusantara, nobody can hear you protest.

A labour agenda for Malaysia

Economic redistribution should start from giving workers bargaining power long denied to them.

New Mandala’s most-read in 2022

A look back on New Mandala's greatest hits of 2022 as the site takes a summer hiatus.

Indonesia’s new criminal code turns representatives into rulers

The new law isn’t the final nail in the coffin for democracy, but it’s a hammer for anyone who wants to drive one in.

The return of Anwar

Anwar has a chance to bring stability and reform, but he'll be on a short leash within his coalition and besieged by race-and-religion politics.

Malaysia’s new struggle over state power

The UMNO era is over, but its political economy model and the social conflicts it created still set the terms of the new politics.

A note from the new (old) editor

Liam Gammon edits New Mandala from 25 November 2022.

A (qualified) farewell from the editor

Working on New Mandala has been a labour of love which has motivated me to pursue my own academic work as a researcher and teacher.

Women entrepreneurs in Halmahera: quiet contributors

Within a male-dominated social structure, they face challenges running their businesses, but persist in spite of marginalising geographical, economic and cultural conditions.

Can Indonesia clean up political pollution along the Citarum River?

River pollution is not only a result of overwhelming waste, but a problem of resource capture across all levels of governance.