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.
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”.
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