As Malaysia rushes to its GE14 on 9 May, the new anti-fake news law is primed against the state's critics, emboldening speech vigilantism by outsourced censors linked to the ruling UMNO party.
The New Books in Southeast Asian Studies podcast explores the idea that elections can be instrumentalised by dictators to reinforce their rule.
Welcoming the University of Sydney's Southeast Asian history bloggers to New Mandala.
Jihadists know how to take advantage of the unique space for mobilisation offered by the Indonesia–Malaysia–Philippines triborder area. Governments are still catching up.
How should we respond when heritage is damaged or destroyed?
ASEAN's human rights mechanisms reflect the body's prioritising the interests of national elites. Don't expect it to be of use in resolving the Rohingya crisis.
It’s past time for us to ditch simplistic ideas of “civil society” and its relationship with democracy in the region.
The internet is both a factor in, and a victim of, the region’s crisis of democracy.
Democracy in the region finds itself in dark days. Can anything save it?
Programs to increase women’s market competitiveness aren't a substitute for collective action for gender equality.
2016 was not a good year for the region's civil liberties, writes Bridget Welsh.
Former student Cam Hawker reflects on his time in Southeast Asia with acclaimed scholar Des Ball.
The United States' engagement with Southeast Asia could soon be over, writes Tom Pepinsky.
Why a Trump presidency is a major setback for US-Southeast Asia ties.
Unskilled workers are at risk of exploitation in the ASEAN Economic Community.
Why authoritarian rule remains resilient in the face of elections.