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Asia-Pacific Affairs

RISE 2: Considerations of saltwater, fish, mangroves & people, oil & plastic

From remote Torres Strait to mega-cities like Jakarta, enforced climate refugee status continues to increase.

Thailand’s long-anticipated submarine deal has hit yet another snag

What maritime threat does Thailand face that surface ships cannot handle more effectively and cheaply?

Effective third-sector actors in aid on the Thailand-Myanmar border

Myanmar CSOs have experience providing aid in the border areas and social capital with the war on community.

Looking beyond borders at Asia Pacific Triennial 10 – Part 1

APT10 forces us to look past the categories of nation or ethnicity to embrace perspectives in life that are centred on multiplicity and hybridity, on community and friendship.

2021: Déjà vu and new devastation – New Mandala’s year that was

New Mandala is taking a break, in the meantime we leave readers with reflections & the top posts of 2022.

Unravelling gender-Based violence in Southeast Asia

It is essential for governments, together with grassroots communities and academia, to actively educate society.

“Semut: The Untold Story of a Secret Australian Operation in WWII Borneo”

"....when you actually sit down and look at what happened, the locals were key participants in all of these war activities."

Indifference in diversity: ignorance & apathy towards refugees in Indonesia

A new documentary seeks to explore the plight of refugees in Indonesia seeking resettlement in Australia.

Pivot to ASEAN: why Biden should pay attention to Southeast Asia

America’s overlapping strategic interests concerning the South China Sea necessitate diplomatic engagement with ASEAN.

Letter from the editor: Will Australia’s “place” in Asia seem like history for future generations?

Our knowledge of Asia, our learning, our relationships and our expertise have been under fire for the last 20 years.

Scientific homophobia: misusing science in Indonesia

Anti-LGBT groups merges scientific jargon with religious conservatism to deliberately obscure the larger terrain of academic debates.

Nationalist rhetoric is impeding climate action in Indonesia

Indonesia's environmental policies are at odds with the rhetoric around palm oil production and Indonesians are not equipped with enough information to understand the risks of a changing climate.

Trapped: slavery in the 21st century

The ILO is making slow but sure progress towards SDGs on human trafficking and forced labour in Myanmar, writes Gary Rynhart.

44 Years after invasion: East Timor’s 1975 generation

The role of youth and students has been sidelined in the history of the resistance movement.

Lost in tongue: the politics of mother tongue education in Myanmar

A glimpse into the current state of mother tongue education and its connections to the broader ethnic reconciliation process.

Indonesia’s democratic paradox

The co-existence of Indonesia’s competitive elections with illiberal trends appears contradictory but the two are in fact interrelated.

A colonial cross of gold: the roots of economic conservatism in the Philippines

On colonial legacies and austerity economics.

Comparative peacebuilding conference series calls for abstracts

Expressions of interest due by 9 October 2017.

An important message about New Mandala comments

Our editor, Liam Gammon, offers some advice on getting your comment published.

New editor for New Mandala

New Mandala founder Nicholas Farrelly announces Liam Gammon's new role

The future of Xi’s Belt Road Initiative

President's vision lacks strategy.

Killing Kim

Political sanctuary, assassination and why Kim Jong Nam’s killing won’t be the last.

In Trump and family we trust

Could the Trump White House brew American cronyism in the way of Asia?

Risk and imagination in the Trump era

How Australia can keep afloat as Trump torpedoes global order.