New & Noteworthy
Australian National University hosted an Indonesia Update last month. Video of all the lectures is available now on New Mandala.
Shafiah Muhibat, Head of the Department of International Relations at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Indonesia, talks about Indonesia's approach to its foreign policy with "Indo-Pacific" being the geopolitical buzzword. She looks at how these latest developments shape Indonesia’s current foreign policy.
Recent developments in the region indicate that governments are looking for new ways to shape development cooperation on a regional basis. The Asia Foundation’s recently released report ASEAN as the Architect for Regional Development Cooperation argues that countries in the region have the interest and capacity to more directly shape regional development in Southeast Asia, but they currently lack the mechanism to do it. Thomas Parks, the Asia Foundation’s country representative in Thailand, gives his analysis on the future of development in Southeast Asia.
Tom Power writes about Joko Widodo's shift to authoritarianism and the implications this has for Indonesian democracy.
Former Indonesian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Marty Natalegawa, gives an inside view on how ASEAN can remain relevant today and in the future.
The Philippines’ midterm elections kicked off on Thursday (Oct 11) in what is seen as a test of public support for President Rodrigo Duterte, amid a sputtering economy and setbacks in his efforts to tackle illicit drugs and cut state corruption. Raul Dancel writes for The Straits Times.
The High Court in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. “All death penalty will be abolished. Full stop,” the minister of law, Liew Vui Keong, told reporters this week. Read more at the New York Times.
Climate change could wreak havoc on productivity in Southeast Asia and increase business risks, says one environment expert. Richard Hewston writes for Channel NewsAsia.
EU's punitive trade response to premier Hun Sen's rigged election and retreat on rights could devastate the nation's crucial export-oriented garment industry. David Hutt writes for the Asia Times.
Facebook’s global expansion has been linked to political turmoil overseas, so maybe their ads should focus less on how they “connect the world” and more on why connecting people isn’t always the best idea.
The Adhoc 5 were found guilty by the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Wednesday and sentenced to five years in prison. They were charged with bribing a witness in the case of bailed Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) president Kem Sokha’s alleged affair with a hairdresser.
However, presiding judge Duch Sok Sarin ruled that as the defendants had served more than 14 months in pre-trial detention, their sentences would be suspended. Read the full story here.
On August 3, the foreign ministers of the 10 member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and their Chinese counterpart announced agreement on a Single Draft South China Sea Code of Conduct Negotiating Text (SDNT) that will serve as the basis for the adoption of a Code of Conduct in the South China Sea.
Cambodians went to the polls last weekend, but it was a sham of an election, dominated by Hun Sen, the country’s aging autocrat. With the opposition party banned and soldiers at polling booths to ensure the outcome went only one way, no credible organization signed off on the election’s validity—but quite a few fake organizations did.
Lurid tales of monks involved in sex, drugs and stolen money have crowded the newspapers here for years, to the seeming indifference of governments. But Thailand’s ruling junta has stepped up its offensive to destroy what it sees as a rot that has long been allowed to fester in the upper echelons of Buddhism and corrode the country’s moral core.
After the initial euphoria, Mahathir and his government now confront major challenges on nearly all fronts. The Council on Foreign Relations' Joshua Kurlantzick looks at the political, economic and civil society landscape facing Malaysia in the wake of its recent political transition.
No Southeast Asian country scores higher than a “B-,” in the author’s opinion, and overall, the situation for wildlife and wild ecosystems looks grim. We are now in the Anthropocene Era, and humanity’s demands for natural resources and wildlife products is having an incredibly profound effect on this region.
This latest report from NYSEAN partner, IPAC, examines the state of the pro-ISIS organisation Jamaah Anshorud Daulah.Read more
Chris Baker joins New Books in Southeast Asian Studies to discuss his and Pasuk Phongpaichit new book.Read more
In Talking Indonesia, Charlotte Setijadi discusses intolerance towards minorities in Indonesia with Sandra Hamid.Read more
Co-founder of NYSEAN, Professor Duncan McCargo, wrote about how the closure of Bangkok's Dusit Zoo highlights the state of Thai democracy.Read more