Southeast Asia

Brewing for democracy: digital activism & the #MilkTeaAlliance

Digital activism, identity, and transnational contentious politics

People’s power and resistance in Southeast Asia in comparison: a roundtable

...movements signify the transformative potential of people’s power & its inherent precarity; state responses to protestors’ demands range widely...

Myanmar’s anti-junta forces are terrorists, says the Institute for Economics and Peace

Empirical data is not politically neutral, nor does it speak for itself. Divorced from its original context, it can cause harm.

No protection, more repression: freedom of expression in Southeast Asia

...these are fundamentally contrary to the principles of international human rights law and fail to meet the principle of “legal certainty” of international law.

Rethinking self-censorship in Southeast Asia’s media landscape

By intentionally devising concealment strategies that maintain the core messages...research participants demonstrate their commitment to continue producing critical information while avoiding punishment.

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.

Looking beyond borders at Asia Pacific Triennial 10 – Part 1

APT10 forces us to look past the categories of nation or ethnicity to embrace perspectives in life that are centred on multiplicity and hybridity, on community and friendship.

Coercing mobility: Territory, displacement & SE Asian Muslim Movements

Displacement is a key contributor to the trajectories of “Muslim” politics around the region...

What does the US-China AI rivalry mean for Southeast Asia?

...railing against Chinese government-dominated initiatives and the Digital Silk Road is not an adequate strategy, but other countries could improve their own strategies.

New Mandala and environmental justice in 2022 – call for submissions

New Mandala invites submissions on the most pressing environmental justice issues in the Southeast Asia.

2021: Déjà vu and new devastation – New Mandala’s year that was

New Mandala is taking a break, in the meantime we leave readers with reflections & the top posts of 2022.

Unravelling gender-Based violence in Southeast Asia

It is essential for governments, together with grassroots communities and academia, to actively educate society.

Indifference in diversity: ignorance & apathy towards refugees in Indonesia

A new documentary seeks to explore the plight of refugees in Indonesia seeking resettlement in Australia.

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.

Chinese Investment in Southeast Asia, 2005-2019: Patterns and Significance

Sovereignty concerns arise over foreign ownership of critical national assets, and foreign control of service provision in critical sectors.

Temasek History Research Centre: Archaeology and Art History of Southeast Asia Programme webinar series

Comprehensive introductory lectures in Archaeology and Art History of Southeast Asia with a focus on the pre-Modern to the Modern periods.

The price for neutrality is reform and preparedness

The current version of ASEAN is inadequate to implement a robust neutrality enforcement policy that follows a “strong neutrality” and “cohesive neutrality” principle.

Gameplay for good: gamified crowdsourcing for better public policy in Southeast Asia

The success of Translator Gator illustrates a gap between current policy making and rapidly changing technologies.

Civil Society and Southeast Asia’s Authoritarian Turn

Just as there is no simple correlation between democracy and good governance, we can no longer draw a straight line between authoritarianism and weak governance.

NBSEAS: “Future Forward: The Rise and Fall of a Thai Political Party”

Duncan McCargo and Anyarat Chattharakul have analysed the stunning rise and fall of this party in their co-authored book.

History and Art History in Southeast Asia

How to track art history as the history of styles deriving from influences, and the history of modernism and its relationship to modernity? Is there art that links Southeast Asia as a region?

Launching ARTSEA: art, design and architecture in Southeast Asia

A platform for diverse collection of articles, videos, seminars, photo essays and reviews on art, design and architecture, and its place in society and history in Southeast Asia.

Human rights ritualism in Southeast Asian regionalism

Regional organisations can play a wide range of roles in the human rights governance of the region, because different motivations for adopting rights and commitments result in different regional institutional designs.