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Myanmar

Is a weak USDP good for Myanmar?

Authoritarian successor parties can be an important part of democratic consolidation, so we shouldn’t necessarily welcome a weak USDP.

Diplomatic intelligence

Andrew Selth's recollections of the hazards of the rumour mill in Ne Win-era Myanmar.

Notes from the Salween Peace Park

Weary of Myanmar’s elite-driven peace process, some communities in Karen State are trying something different.

VIDEO: Entrenched Illiberalism in Mainland Southeast Asia

Scholars and activists discuss the region's persistent struggles with democracy at a recent ANU conference.

Entrenched illiberalism in Mainland Southeast Asia

ANU conference examines how and why illiberalism remains inherent to political order in mainland Southeast Asia, and what might be done about it.

Introducing ‘Myanmar Transformed? People, Places and Politics’

The latest on the ANU’s Myanmar Update conference series.

New Mandala’s most read in 2018

Revisit the 20 most popular articles published at New Mandala this year.

Lost in literature: the misuse of western sources and perspectives [Part III]

On the the misuse of western historical sources in the search for Suvarnabhumi.

Lost in literature: the political and religious consequences of Suvarnabhumi [Part II]

On nationalism, religion, archaeology, folklore and pseudo-history.

Lost in literature: why we need to stop the quest for Suvarnabhumi [Part 1]

The idea of finding the El Dorado of Asia is a continuing obsession.

VIDEO: Researching ‘rupture’

Videos of the Crawford School's 'Rupture' workshop

Introducing ‘Rupture: nature–society transformation in mainland Southeast Asia’

Studying structural reconfigurations of nature and society in the Mekong region and beyond.

‘Illegal migration’ in Arakan: myths and numbers

A look at historical census data yeilds little evidence of widespread illegal migration from Bangladesh.

Karaoke and the Kachin rebellion

Revolutionary music can be a window into the social foundations of Myanmar’s Ethnic Armed Organisations.

Wielding the purse strings of Southeast Asian civil society

Illiberalism at home, and pro-market ideologies abroad, are putting pressure on Southeast Asian civil society organisations' financial health.

Assessing the Rohingya crisis

With the expulsion of the Rohingya largely a fait accompli, the world must face up to engaging with a very different Myanmar.

China and Myanmar: Behind the headlines

The Myanmar-China relationship has a surprisingly volatile history, with much at stake for both parties.

North Korea and Myanmar: Divergent Paths

Ben Dunant reviews "North Korea and Myanmar: Divergent Paths", which paints Myanmar and North Korea regimes less as outposts of tyranny and more as rational actors.

Call for papers: Myanmar Update 2019

The Australian National University's long running Myanmar Update series addresses the theme of 'Living with Myanmar' in 2019.

Lee Morgenbesser on ‘Behind the Façade’

The New Books in Southeast Asian Studies podcast explores the idea that elections can be instrumentalised by dictators to reinforce their rule.

From battlefield to marketplace on the Thai–Myanmar border

Thai–Myanmar relations are on the up. But what happens to the large and still-marginalised migrant communities in Thai border towns like Mae Sot?

Perspectives on the Past at New Mandala

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

Rohingya radicalisation in Malaysia: Where’s the evidence?

Claims of widespread Rohingya radicalisation in Malaysia don't ring true on the ground.

Introducing the Association for Mainland Southeast Asia Scholars (AMSEAS)

New association "seeks to foster and facilitate opportunities for the advancement of research and knowledge relevant to Mainland Southeast Asia."