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Hosted by the Australian National University’s (ANU) Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs, New Mandala provides anecdote, analysis and new perspectives on Southeast Asia. The site was established in June 2006, with co-founder Dr Nicholas Farrelly editing and running the site until 2015. In May that year, James Giggacher was appointed as editor. Since April 2017, the editor of the site has been Liam Gammon, assisted by associate editor Mish Khan. Since its inception the site has devoted its attention to the politics and societies of Southeast Asia, and especially Thailand and Myanmar. Increasingly its focus stretches to Malaysia, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Indonesia and the Philippines. New Mandala also runs a successful book review series.


Sam Yan Press and Publishing as Activism in Thailand

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Student activists who energized pro-democracy protests are busily translating and disseminating anti-authoritarian books.


The Political Prospects of Jokowi’s Sons

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Both Gibran and Kaesang are increasingly viewed as the political successors of their father - Indonesian President Joko Widodo. The problem here is that no one in the Jokowi family, including the president, holds a strategic position within the PDI-P party structure at the national and local levels.


Indonesia’s New Criminal Code Turns Representatives Into Rulers

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Activists say provisions in the code smack of the Sukarno-era Anti-Subversion Law, a vaguely-worded statute that was used to great effect by the Suharto regime to repress and intimidate dissidents.


Vietnam’s Public Loudspeaker System: A Means of Communication to Combat Covid-19

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War era loudspeakers in Vietnam have taken on a new public health role during Covid-19.


The Dual Fronts of Myanmar's Authoritarianism

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In Myanmar, democracy is interpreted in a different capacity where diversity does not matter.


INDONESIA: Which Candidates Are Running on Islamic Identity?

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Candidates for legislative office in Indonesia's upcoming elections seem hesitant to latch onto polarizing religious rhetoric.


Why Deng Xiaoping and China Could Never Truly Understand Singapore

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China has always looked fondly at Singapore's reforms, but has it ever truly understood them?


Thailand Prepares for Its First Elections Since the Passing of King Bhumibol

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What can Thailand expect ahead of the first elections held since the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej?

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