A proposed new law on special economic zones would create enclaves in which key workers' rights and environmental protections are absent, or go unenforced.
Wielding the purse strings of Southeast Asian civil society
Illiberalism at home, and pro-market ideologies abroad, are putting pressure on Southeast Asian civil society organisations' financial health.
Perspectives on the Past at New Mandala
Welcoming the University of Sydney's Southeast Asian history bloggers to New Mandala.
The New Way: Protestantism and the Hmong in Vietnam
The New Books in Southeast Asian Studies podcast talks to Tam Ngo about her new book on protestantism in Hmong society in Vietnam.
Introducing the Association for Mainland Southeast Asia Scholars (AMSEAS)
New association "seeks to foster and facilitate opportunities for the advancement of research and knowledge relevant to Mainland Southeast Asia."
Southeast Asian cyberspace: politics, censorship, polarisation
The internet is both a factor in, and a victim of, the region’s crisis of democracy.
Old dominance, new dominoes in Southeast Asia
Democracy in the region finds itself in dark days. Can anything save it?
“A prison within a prison within a prison”
Mong Palatino chats to Vietnamese dissident Dang Xuan Dieu about his time behind bars.
Gains and pain as Vietnam goes global
There is both bright and dark sides to Vietnam’s integration into the global economy.
Communists and contradictions in Vietnam
The country's rulers are caught between renewal and maintaining Communism with Vietnamese characteristics.
Hanoi’s hopes rise with China’s dashed nine-dash line
Why Vietnam is the big winner in the South China Sea ruling.
The TPP and Vietnamese workers
Angie Tran explores what the the US/Vietnam Labor Side Agreement means for workers' rights in Vietnam.
Urban exclusion in Southeast Asia
When it comes to urban planning, lines of exclusion and inclusion need to be redrawn.
Democratic contraction in Southeast Asia
Bridget Welsh surveys the rise of a worrying trend in the region.