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An end-of-2018 letter from the editor

A year of growth and experimentation at New Mandala, with an even bigger year ahead.

New Mandala’s most read in 2018

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

Habib Bahar’s fifteen minutes of infamy

An eccentric—and violent—Islamic preacher has been catapulted to fame in Indonesia after becoming a target of the authorities.

Enjoining moderation: the online self-presentations of the MILF [Part II]

The Moro Islamic Liberation Front struggles to sustain a dual image of moderation and militancy.

Enjoining moderation: the online self-presentations of the MILF [Part I]

In its rhetoric the MILF "is forced to walk a tightrope between two extremes", seeking credibility as a negotiator and as champion of Islam.

The uncomfortable intimacies of ‘Tao Po’

"We are drawn into the lives of four characters, each with a separate monologue"

‘Tao Po’: More than collateral damage

The play highlights "raw and conflicted stories based on real lives in the drug war".

‘Tao Po’: Is anyone there?

"Tao Po invites us to listen to four people’s intimate accounts of the [Philippines'] drug war."

Playing the marriage card in Indonesia

A proposal for marriage registration cards is an invitation for more moral surveillance of Indonesian citizens.

Rebellion and regret: talking to rural voters after GE14

The ‘new Malaysia’ is viewed with sceptical eyes in poor rural communities in Johor.

audiopelago: a podcast about Indonesia

Listen to New Mandala's monthly Indonesia podcast.

The end of the road for the Khmer Rouge tribunal

The Nuon Chua and Khieu Samphan verdicts are likely a fitting end for the ECCC and its complicated legacy.

Women at the Water’s Edge: lives of women in a climate changed world

In India's Sundarbans, climate change is fundamentally transforming the everyday lives of women living in remote chars, or river islands.

Welcoming ‘Near West’ to New Mandala

New Mandala will be home to a South Asia guest section in the lead up to India's general elections.

Death by sewage: clean-ups, caste and contracts in India

A lasting, cleaner India depends on undermining the enduring belief that removal of tainted things is the responsibility of people who are born to the task.

Where in the world is Cambodia?

The international community needs to take seriously the scepticism of many Cambodians about its intentions.

‘Belligerent cohabitation’ in Timor-Leste?

The semi-presidential political system has proven robust, despite the challenges in the aftermath of the 2017–18 elections.

Watch the 2018 ANU Indonesia Update

Expert speakers discuss the state of Indonesia's politics and economy in 2018, with the focus on the status of minorities.

Malay dominance remains despite UMNO’s rout

Despite the routing of UMNO at GE14 amid regime change, Malay politicians still dominate the new coalition government.

Film review: ‘Asimetris’

A provocative documentary examines the asymmetries of Indonesia’s oil palm boom, but leaves some difficult questions unaddressed.

Jokowi’s authoritarian turn

Once hailed as the saviour of the democratic status quo, Indonesia’s president is now busily degrading democratic norms.

VIDEO: ANU Indonesia Political & Economic Update 2018

Livestream the annual in-depth updates on Indonesia's politics and economy.

Ma’ruf Amin: Jokowi’s Islamic defender or deadweight?

Progressives may hope that Ma’ruf’s conservatism will be checked by realpolitik.

[AUDIO] Whither academic freedom in Thailand?

A discussion on the state of academic freedom in Thailand, and what Australian scholars can do to show solidarity with Thai colleagues.