SEARBO – ANU

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.

“Thank you for seeing our worth”: amid a pandemic, Redshirts joined Thailand’s youth-led protests

Resistance in Ubon Ratchathani has historically endured repression and recently pandemic

A Murderous Plague in the Philippines

As the COVID-19 pandemic intersects with Duterte’s murderous plague, Filipinos are faced with clear lessons that can be brought to bear in the next election.

Duterte’s Tight Grip over Local Politicians: Can It Endure?

If Duterte has failed to deliver, why do so many local politicians remain beholden to him?

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.

Governing a pandemic: centre-regional relations and Indonesia’s COVID-19 response

The current arrangements slow initial local responses without a corresponding payoff.

The 2020 Myanmar election: resetting the role of civil society organisations

The current restricted environment for CSOs, especially those advocating on human rights and accountability, is almost certain to continue in post-2020 Myanmar.

Thailand’s protests and preventing a ‘second 6 October’

The rising wave of peaceful protests in Thailand has reached a critical juncture where the state’s response will determine whether another event of mass bloodshed is written into Thai history.

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

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.

Federal-state friction amid Malaysia’s dual political and pandemic plight

The COVID-19 crisis tested the boundaries of federal-state relations when decisions from the centre were not received well by state governments.

Heightened contradictions: Duterte and local autonomy in the era of COVID-19

The President's handling of the Social Amelioration Program in the regions seems to betray an intention to consolidate centralised power.

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.

Why Indonesia’s electoral system needs reform

Lawmakers have an opportunity to work with experts in civil society and academia to make politics less dependent on financial sponsors.