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Digital contention in post-coup Myanmar

Social media dissidence has likely facilitated a civil disobedience movement with greater grassroots support than ever—a development that the Tatmadaw might find difficult to halt.

SDGs in North Sumatra: climate action, peace, justice, and institutions

...local government appears to be taking no clear steps toward mitigating natural disasters and climate change.

NBSEAS talks to Jonathan Saha on “Colonizing Animals: Interspecies Empire in Myanmar”

Saha brings together the emerging field of animal studies with the more established field of postcolonial studies.

Symptoms of anti-Intellectualism in Indonesian democracy

Returning pressure onto public intellectuals, as Luhut did, only increases the public’s support for the dissenters

NBSEAS: Nu-Anh Tran’s “Disunion: Anticommunist Nationalism & the Making of the RVN”

The RVN was heir to a revolutionary tradition that developed out of the anti-French resistance, that was quite distinct from the communist one to the north.

Violated: Churches and religious freedom in Aceh Singkil, Indonesia

Recently introduced local regulations further narrow the space for reconciliation and human rights-based pluralism.

NBSEAS “Cambodia: From Pol Pot to Hun Sen and Beyond”

Despite best efforts to fashion Cambodia into a model liberal democracy, Hun Sen and the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) have eliminated all opposition.

Thai Youth Movements in Comparison: White Ribbons in 2020 and Din Daeng in 2021

All youth groups are calling for change, but at different levels.

The Costs of Repressing Islamists

The banning of FPI or any other “anti-Pancasila” group is not a shortcut to ending deep-seated discrimination against minorities.

Mental health in Indonesia: then, now and things to come

A webinar for World Mental Health Day will showcase small sample of extraordinary individuals sharing their experiences in mental health in Indonesia.

Invoking memories of Darul Islam

Reports from Afghanistan and contemporary memory activism teach us that memories of trauma run deep, as the author and others have found among the Sulawesi survivors of DI/TI.

Vale Dr Ni Win Zaw, Head, Department of Library and Information Studies, University of Yangon

Dr Ni Win Zaw’s vision and commitment to development of education will take considerable time to replace.

Malaysia: The New Political Normal, for Now

The promise of the “New Malaysia” that would emerge after the historic 2018 election has been delayed again indefinitely.

The election, the pandemic, and the coup: insights from the 2021 Myanmar Update

The health response has been repeatedly undermined and hampered by the authoritarian tendencies of coup leaders.

‘The East’ in a transnational context: The Indonesian War of Independence in film

Ethical questions around Dutch soldiers’ actions on which the film reflects are less urgent in Indonesian films.

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.

COVID-19: a closer look from Jakarta

A personal tragedy illustrates a larger disaster playing out across the city.

Protests and Pandemics: Civil Society Mobilisation in Thailand and the Philippines

...creating spaces for civil society should be integral to post-pandemic recovery and reconstruction plans.

EAOs & China: Two Letters from Northern Myanmar to the CCP

On their 100th anniversary the CCP received two congratulatory messages from Ethnic Armed organizations (EAOs) in northern Myanmar are noteworthy

Frontline women: unrecognised leadership in Indonesia’s COVID-19 response

Incorporating women's experiences and skills would improve pandemic responses.

Myanmar Update 2021: Twin crises – COVID-19 and the coup

While it appears that the military has not changed much over the last decade, the country and its people certainly have.

New Mandala’s 15th anniversary event

Join a live-streamed seminar on the state of play for independent and scholarly media on Southeast Asian studies, to mark the occasion.