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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

During this pandemic, “losing” these key Parliamentary functions has exacerbated the 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.

Indonesia’s rice racket

Focusing on the actors shows that despite government and lobbyists’ claims about representing small players, their actions more support already dominant big business.

National harmony: race, politics and campaigning in Malaysia

A new report analyses debates around social cohesion and a failed proposal for a National Harmony Commission in Malaysia in light of Pakatan Harapan's collapse

A scene at Gatot Subroto street during the September 24 2019 Jakarta protests

Indonesian protests point to old patterns

The return of student protests and the government’s response have are reminiscent of the era of authoritarian rule

Myanmar’s electoral management institutions: the challenges of monitoring

In 2020 the role of the Union Election Commission and election monitoring seems increasingly politicised.

Is COVID-19 muting or fueling religious polarisation in Indonesia?

Islamists continue to mobilise based on political considerations rather than science and public health concerns.

Rupture—hydropower dams in Cambodia as “engines of extraction”

Hydropower dams in Cambodia generate extensive processes of commodification and extraction, feeding the country’s vast shadow economy.

Rupture—conceptualising nature-society transformation

Sango Mahanty explains how mega infrastructure projects such as hydropower are dramatically transforming nature and society in our region.

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.

Indonesia’s agro nationalism in the pandemic

"Can Indonesia have food security without security?" Colum Graham looks at who really benefits from the government’s recent measures to address Indonesia’s food crisis.

Letter to coronavirus

From Timor-Leste, 'this is not a friendly letter. You’re like the black storm clouds that block us from seeing the moon.' Dadolin Murak reflects on what humanity might learn from the challenges we are facing.

Philippines beyond clichés series 2 #2: The Philippines is a sexist society

Sexism in the Philippines is about "multiple overlapping issues of inequality based on class, religion, sexuality, ethnicity, and also geographic locations" as Dr Maria Tanyag discusses with Nicole Curato.

Philippines beyond clichés series 1 #1: Celebrity culture

...globally there are many places where innovation is happening in television and in other forms of media, and the Philippines is definitely one of those places.

Indonesia’s democratic paradox

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

Why good women lose elections in Indonesia

Penelitian baru menunjuk bahwa sikap patriarkal dan institusi yang kurang ramah menghalangi suksesnya kandidat perempuan dalam pemilihan.

Rainsy’s point of no return

Divisions in Cambodia's opposition have created divergent ideas about the best path forward.