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Putting Rohingya Voices Back into the Rohingya Crisis

In the wake of the ethnic cleansing of more than 700,000 Rohingya from Myanmar, various debates have erupted: What do the Rohingya want (their own state, a safe return to Burma, relocation)? And who are they (an indigenous ethnic group, “Bengali" interlopers masquerading as Burmese autochthons, a religious minority)? Based on on-going research in refugee camps in Cox Bazaar and with members of the Rohingya diaspora, Dr.

Our Land is the Sea

As plant and animal diversity rapidly disappear, human cultures—and the long-cultivated knowledge they sustain—are disappearing too. Our Land is the Sea explores how these parallel trends are related through the diverse perspectives of members of a Bajau community grappling with coral reef extinction, economic change, ethnic discrimination, and changing practices of Islam in Southeast Sulawesi, Indonesia.

Read more here

South China Morning Post
Was Cambodia’s US$300 million Khmer Rouge tribunal worth it?

Was Cambodia’s US$300 million Khmer Rouge tribunal worth it?

After spending nine years and more than US$300 million to prosecute the leaders of Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge responsible for the deaths of 1.7 million of their countrymen, a United Nations-assisted tribunal has ended up convicting only three people for the communist group’s heinous actions.

Was it worth it?

The Massacres of 1965-66 in Indonesia: The Question of Responsibility

Watch Dr. John Roosa (UBC) and Dr. Geoffrey Robinson (UCLA) answer questions from the audience regarding the massacres that took place in Indonesia between 1965 and 1966.

New Mandala
Watch the 2018 ANU Indonesia Update

2018 ANU Indonesia Update

Australian National University hosted an Indonesia Update last month. Video of all the lectures is available now on New Mandala. 

Indonesian Foreign Policy: From "Free and Active" to Leadership in the "Indo-Pacific"

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.

The Asia Foundation
ASEAN: Shaping the Future of Regional Development in Southeast Asia

ASEAN: Shaping the Future of Regional Development in Southeast Asia

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. 

New Mandala
Jokowi’s authoritarian turn

Jokowi’s authoritarian turn

Tom Power writes about Joko Widodo's shift to authoritarianism and the implications this has for Indonesian democracy. 

Does ASEAN Matter? A View From Within

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 Straits Times
Midterm polls in the Philippines a test of Duterte's hold amid slowing economy

Midterm polls in the Philippines a test of Duterte's hold amid slowing economy

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 New York Times
Malaysia to Repeal Death Penalty and Sedition Law

Malaysia to Repeal Death Penalty and Sedition Law

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. 

Channel NewsAsia
Commentary: Rising temperatures will make Southeast Asian economies sweat

Commentary: Rising temperatures will make Southeast Asian economies sweat

Climate change could wreak havoc on productivity in Southeast Asia and increase business risks, says one environment expert. Richard Hewston writes for Channel NewsAsia. 

Asia Times
EU tariffs threaten to flatten Cambodia

Asia Times: EU tariffs threaten to flatten Cambodia

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. 

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
Facebook: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

Facebook: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

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 Phnom Phenh Post
‘Adhoc 5’ free despite being sentenced to five years in jail

‘Adhoc 5’ free despite being sentenced to five years in jail

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

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A Closer Look at the ASEAN-China Single Draft South China Sea Code of Conduct Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons/ Gunawan Kartapranata A Closer Look at the ASEAN-China Single Draft South China Sea Code of Conduct

The Diplomat: A Closer Look at the ASEAN-China Single Draft South China Sea Code of Conduct

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.

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