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Australia and Southeast Asia

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.

Academics call on Government to protect stranded Myanmar students

A group of academics is urging the Federal Government to grant humanitarian protection visas to a small cohort of gifted students.

‘Other Possible Worlds’ Contemporary art from Thailand

Investigating urbanisation, the environment, inequality, and the political rights and duties of Thai people.

Seni Baru: new art from Bali & Bandung

Featuring art from the "other" major art centres in Indonesia, this exhibition includes the work of 6 mid-career artists.

Beyond borders at APT 10 Part 2: Textures & translations in SEA abstraction

Drawn from local contexts, these abstractions also transcend borders.

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.

What are the regional security implications of Indonesia’s capital relocation?

Relocation has some implications for not only military and defence issues, but also economic and environmental security.

“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.

Civil Society and Southeast Asia’s Authoritarian Turn

Just as there is no simple correlation between democracy and good governance, we can no longer draw a straight line between authoritarianism and weak governance.

Remembering HMAS Perth (I) for the future

For Indonesia and Australia, the salvage of Perth has put maritime heritage cooperation into the spotlight, prompting greater bilateral engagement.

The true story of cruelty to animals in Indonesia

The ABC should establish a new relationship with an Indonesian partner, enabling Australians to learn that this humane cause is shared by our close neighbours.

ASEAN and Australia: a new rhythm

After COVID-19, Australia will want to step up in the region...especially where the lessons and relevant technology can be generously shared.

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.

Better governance in a better parliament

Establishing parliamentary committees will help the new PH government meet its GE14 promises of better governance, as ministers and senior officials can be called to account.

Lost in Translation: Jawa Pos

Foreign correspondent and historian Frank Palmos reflects on his first translating job in Java in 1961.

Perspectives on the Past at New Mandala

Welcoming the University of Sydney's Southeast Asian history bloggers to New Mandala.

What should the region do about Cambodia’s crackdown?

A discussion on how Australia, ASEAN, and the world might support democracy and human rights in Cambodia.

Gareth Evans on confronting Hun Sen

Read the former Australian foreign minister's remarks made at the "Cambodia on the Brink" conference in Canberra.

Fragile paradise: Bali and volcanic threats to our region

The destruction of centuries past should focus the region on preparing for Indonesia’s next mega-eruption.

Remembering Professor Joel S. Kahn

A tribute to the life and work of the acclaimed anthropologist, who passed away on 1 May 2017.

Out of order

Australian's vision for ASEAN defending international rules-based order totally unrealistic.

Love thy neighbour

Why Indonesia and Australia must acknowledge their secret shared history.