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Image: Cover of one of the best-seller 'End of the World' books.
01
Dec
2015

Terrorism and the end of time: apocalyptic thinking within Indonesian jihadism

Greg Fealy

One of the most popular sub-genres of jihadist literature in Indonesia concerns the end of the world. Many dozens of books and web pages have appeared over the past decade interpreting...

Dr. Bates Gill
26
Nov
2015

Convergence and divergence: the paradox of US-China relations

Dr. Bates Gill, Visiting Professor, United States Studies Centre, University of Sydney

The US-China relationship - arguably the most consequential bilateral relationship in the world - is defined by an abiding paradox: while the two countries have never been so interdependent nor...

Myanmar after the vote: What next?
19
Nov
2015

Myanmar after the vote: What next?

Morten Pedersen, Naing Ko Ko, Janelle Saffin, Khin Maung Yin, Nicholas Farrelly, Khin Khin Mra, Trevor Wilson, Khin Thidar Aye

Outline: On 8 November Myanmar went to the polls. While official results are still being announced, it is clear that as in the last freely contested general election of 1990, Aung San Suu Kyi’s...

One country, two protest movements: The Cross-Strait ties that bind Taiwan’s Sunflower Movement and Hong Kong’s Umbrella Movement
17
Nov
2015

One country, two protest movements: The Cross-Strait ties that bind Taiwan’s Sunflower Movement and Hong Kong’s Umbrella Movement

Danielle Cave

Why and how are Taiwan’s Sunflower Movement and Hong Kong’s Umbrella Movement connected? This proposed thesis seeks to understand the relationship between two of Asia’s most active and prominent...

Understanding the Myanmar National Human Rights Commission (MNHRC) in the Context of Transition
03
Nov
2015

Understanding the Myanmar National Human Rights Commission (MNHRC) in the Context of Transition

Jonathan Liljeblad

During the 28th Session of the Human Rights Council in March 2015, Myanmar’s Deputy Foreign Minister U Thyant Kyaw declared “In order to be more compliant with the Paris Principles, the Myanmar...

Image: Cover of a history book depicting national races united against imperialist invaders.
27
Oct
2015

A genealogy of taingyintha, Myanmar’s 'national races'

Nick Cheesman

The concept of taingyintha, or 'national races', is among the preeminent political ideas in Myanmar today. But because taingyintha is translated from Burmese inconsistently, and because its usage...

Photo: Indonesia's Election Monitoring Body received public complaints about vote buying during the 2014 legislative election. BrebesNews.co 26.03.2014
20
Oct
2015

Targeted money politics: The interplay between partisanship and clientelism in Indonesia

Burhanuddin Muhtadi

How prevalent is money politics in Indonesia, and under what conditions is money politics effective? My research deals with these two questions that have vexed Indonesianists for the last 15 years...

13
Oct
2015

Spirits of power in 21st Century Thailand: Magic and the supernatural at the centre of Thai political authority

Peter A. Jackson

Since the 1980s, a wide range of new supernatural movements have become highly visible additions to Thailand's spiritual landscape and religious marketplaces. Seeking supernatural intervention to...

Photo: Bersih rally, Malaysia: channelnewsasia.com
08
Oct
2015

Is Malaysia in crisis?

John Funston and Ross Tapsell

Embattled by billions of dollars in debt owed by the state investment fund 1MDB, and a corruption case involving a ‘donation’ of nearly US$700 million paid into his personal bank account, Prime...

01
Sep
2015

The politics of aristocracy in post-authoritarian Indonesia: Evidence from the field

Bayu Dardias

After Indonesia's democratisation began in 1998, some areas have witnessed the political revival of local aristocrats, while in other areas, the traditional nobility failed to stage a comeback....

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