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Indonesia in 2020: Looking back at a year of crisis

How were Indonesians’ enjoyment of political, economic, and social rights have been affected by the multiple crises of 2020?

American foreign policy towards Myanmar part 1: ‘Blinded by the light’ of Wilsonian idealism

Past US government policies towards Myanmar have been idealistic and flawed by partisan diplomacy.

Pivot to ASEAN: why Biden should pay attention to Southeast Asia

America’s overlapping strategic interests concerning the South China Sea necessitate diplomatic engagement with ASEAN.

Indonesia is no saviour: against normalisation with Israel

Beyond future statehood, supporting the Palestinian right of self-determination should acknowledge they are best placed to shape their future.

The triple work burden of Indonesia’s women unionists

The delicate balancing of labour across the home, workplace and union is no small burden. 

When Will Indonesia’s Film Industry Recover?

COVID-19 interrupted a boom for Indonesian cinema: their rate of recovery may be a bellwether for other sectors.

COVID-19 is eroding Indonesian local media’s role as watchdog

Local media are failing to supervise regional Indonesia, with many relying on government PR budgets or politicians’ fresh cash.

Sarawak state elections: testing the times

Conventional wisdom supports an incumbent win, but will GPS face any serious opposition as they take state nationalism to the polls?

EOI close this week! Southeast Asian researcher looking at gender & sexuality? New Mandala is looking for you.

Funded by the ANU Gender Institute, NM's latest project offers workshops in developing a short video using readily available devices. Get your EOI in before 12 Dec.

Revolution from the kitchen: women and ecological responses to COVID-19

The kitchen has become a centre of social solidarity from which women are making invaluable contributions to the COVID-response.

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

Creating land in the sea: the quest for greater state autonomy in Malaysia

Land reclamation initiatives seek to side-step national regimes which had previously constrained the autonomy of local governments.

Alternative Visions for Malaysia requires combating political clientelism

Ross Tapsell reviews a new book on Malaysian politics ahead of the ANU Malaysia Update 2020 “Alternative Visions for Malaysia”.

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

Indonesia’s omnibus law is a bust for human rights

Trade unions and human rights groups believe the law is in fact no more than an attempt by the nation’s oligarchs to roll back political reform.

Remembering martial law in the Philippines: Education and media

Stay at home orders are opening up opportunities for critical thinking and teaching on history.

Surviving or thriving? COVID-19 and violent non-state actors in the Southern Philippines

Data analysis strongly suggests correlations between COVID-19 and the commission of political violence, but the causal mechanisms driving these trends are less clear.

Constitutional amendment in Thailand needs consensus first

Will the current push for amendments lead to a fairer and more participatory constitution?

Lèse-majesté’s new face hides old tricks

Modern techniques to block online criticism of Thailand's monarchy are paired with the familiar stirring of royalist-nationalist sentiment.

Mayors are keeping the Philippines afloat as Duterte’s COVID-19 response flails

In the Philippines, local governments are stepping up to cover gaps in national public health and welfare infrastructure.

‘That damned elusive pimpernel: Tan Malaka and the Patjar Merah stories

What exactly was the relationship between the real Tan Malaka and his fictional alter ego?

Internet providers are helping the Thai government track down dissidents

Thai laws oblige ISPs to relinquish identifying data to authorities during criminal investigations.

Vale Arief Budiman (1941-2020): liberated intellectual in authoritarian times

Even years later, if I told a Jakarta taxi driver I used to teach at Satya Wacana, their face would light up: “Arief Budiman, very good!”

Philippines beyond clichés season 2 # 5: participatory governance is a hoax   

Dr Teresa Melgar draws on her comparative research in Brazil and the Philippines to help us understand the potential of engaging citizens fully in political processes.