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Counter-polarisation and political expediency

...there are grounds for doubting that counter-polarisation is the real reason for many recent political manoeuvres.

From Duterte to Marcos Jr: a forum

The new president and the rule of law, the judiciary, patterns of political mobilisation, and media and disinformation.

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.

The Macbethian tragedy of Indonesian democracy

While observers might be surprised that Jokowi harboured despotic tendencies, never had he hid his stripes...The essence of the tragedy is the circularity of a flawed system and bad actors.

Marcos or Robredo? Assessing the dynamics of the May 2022 Philippine presidential elections

Will Leni Robredo be able to overcome Bongbong Marcos’s decisive lead in the surveys?

Forum: Marcos or Robredo? Assessing dynamics of the May 2022 Philippine Elections

A forum examining the dynamics of the upcoming national election in the Philippines.

With ASEAN snub, Myanmar junta signals return to Cold War isolationism

Military officials have vowed to “learn to walk with only a few friends”, and weather international isolation and economic sanctions.

A new Indonesian capital city: conflict pending

Poor consultation with local residents and traditional land owners, elite links and opaque deals with concession holders leave the new capital project vulnerable.

30 years after the Santa Cruz massacre: What legacy is left behind?

The story of these youths' contribution to the liberation of their homeland is yet to be fully written.

Indonesia’s Jalan tengah in the new age of great power rivalries

Indonesia’s decision to gamble with a degree of its strategic autonomy should thus be regarded as the latest reinterpretation of jalan tengah.

The Centrality of the Civil Disobedience Movement in Myanmar’s Post-Coup Era

Humanitarian work without the recognition of the CDM will provoke public distrust and rejection.

Herd immunity/herding constituents: parpol and COVID-19 vaccines in Indonesia #2

These events are heavily political in the distinctively clientelistic sense that dominates in Indonesia.

Herd immunity/herding constituents: parpol and COVID-19 vaccines in Indonesia #1

Online and social media shows that several political parties are actively involved in the vaccination program.

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."

COVID-19 in Southeast Asia: Public health, social impacts, and political attitudes

Southeast Asian citizens are not providing carte blanche to their governments to wind back civil liberties and political rights.

Protests and Pandemics: Civil Society Mobilisation in Thailand and the Philippines

...creating spaces for civil society should be integral to post-pandemic recovery and reconstruction plans.

Frontline women: unrecognised leadership in Indonesia’s COVID-19 response

Incorporating women's experiences and skills would improve pandemic responses.

The politics of banning FPI

Survey data points to a certain fragility in FPI’s support, but the longer-term consequences of banning of FPI may be a greater cause for concern. 

From disinformation to democratic innovations: amplifying ordinary citizens’ voices

How do ordinary Filipinos make sense of their experiences of disinformation during elections?

New friends, old enemies: Politics of Ethnic Armed Organisations after the Myanmar Coup

Has the coup has brought these groups closer together or deepened disunity, and reduced the likelihood of the formation of the federal army?

Thailand’s COVID-19 prisons outbreak: time for an early release?

Large COVID outbreaks in prisons are only a part of a bigger problem in terms of the state overlooking the welfare of prisoners.

The Malady of Ignorance? Indonesian Parliament During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Losing key Parliamentary functions exacerbates a lack of “checks and balances”

Women fight the dual evils of dictatorship and patriarchal norms in Myanmar

Women of different ages and social backgrounds have been at the heart of the Myanmar protests, giving the women's movement unprecedented visibility.

Behind the coup: what prompted the Tatmadaw’s grab for power?

Despite the seeming incredulity of the military and USDP’s claims of fraud, there is reason to take the Tatmadaw’s insistence on the legitimacy of its constitutional claims seriously.