Renewed rivalry between pluralists and Islamists coexists with catch-all patronage politics.
Some Indonesian politicians are taking on the industries which dominate politics in their regions. But can working in the system change much?
Considering whether five years of Jokowi–Prabowo competition is dividing Indonesian society.
Road building is good for the economy overall but does little to solve the congestion that plagues Indonesia’s major provinces.
Fears of intolerant Islamic movements have intensified identity politics in Christian communities in the east.
There’s little reason not to expect a comfortable win for Jokowi, but difficulties in predicting legislative election results remain.
Socially conservative female candidates are making their mark in the 2019 legislative elections.
Islamic boarding schools are ground zero for Jokowi’s efforts to win over the Muslim grassroots. Ideology and patronage are both playing a part.
Answering New Mandala's questions on the "New Malaysia" and its place in the region and the world.
Populism has left liberal democracy on the defensive. Liberals might think to adopt elements of Duterte's populist idiom.
The latest extension of Islamic criminal law was kept under wraps, even for Bruneians.
The eastern islands showcase how national-level polarisation filters through to the grassroots, but also how the realities of decentralised power interfere with national-level political designs.
Should we consider the 2019 polls as a preview of politics in the soon-to-be autonomous region?
ANU conference examines how and why illiberalism remains inherent to political order in mainland Southeast Asia, and what might be done about it.
Contemporary Indian fiction shows a different awareness regarding the politics of spirituality.
Out in the east, there is a feeling that Sulawesi has received disproportionate attention from Jokowi.
Social media may be making Indonesia seem more politically polarised than it is.
Jokowi's statist developmentalism isn't perfect, but it's a realistic response to the political economy barriers that have held up private investment in infrastructure.
After five years of military rule, Thailand heads to the polling booths. Follow for live updates.
Voters are grateful for development projects, but aren’t giving Jokowi a pass for his human rights failures.
A new series of perspectives on the “Malaysia Baharu” from Malaysian scholars, activists, and policymakers.
Pakatan is using state enterprise as a tool of patronage just as well as Barisan.
Fishers have become emblematic of the "wong cilik" this election, but their political engagement remains fragmented and localised.