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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.

Why politics matters: an insight from Indonesia’s flood management

Patronage politics, like those predominant in South Kalimantan, are a crucial factor exacerbating climate disasters, and governments rely heavily on inadequate technological solutions to mitigate floods.

Art and artists in society in Indonesia: future tense

After two decades of enormous social change on global and local scales, what role will art and artists play in Indonesia’s future?

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?