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NBSEAS panel at the ASSA Conference in Sydney in June 2018:  Patrick Jory, Holly High, Nick Cheesman and Lee Morgenbesser.

Bringing serious authors and serious topics on Southeast Asia to the public

31 August 2018

Taking research to the masses, Dr Nick Cheesman hosts a monthly podcast on Southeast Asian studies as part of the New Books Network. Listen to the podcast: http://newbooksnetwork.com/category/...

Zooming in on Indonesia’s environmental service policies

27 August 2018

Non-monetary rewards play a significant role in encouraging people to look after the environment they live in, Indonesia expert Abidah Setyowati reveals in a case study. Be it biodegradation, water...

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YOLO: Insights from Thailand

16 May 2018

Religious worldviews can shape the thinking of senior officials in profound ways - take YOLO, for instance. ‘You only live once’ is an expression encouraging a life lived on the edge. Canadian rapper...

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Green Turtle Dreaming

16 May 2018

In her new book chapter on the Indonesian and Australian women bridging the divides between their cultures, Virginia Hooker devises a metaphor centred on the concept of the Green Turtle. Just as...

Dr Mathew Davies

Performing Unity: The symbol and ritual of ASEAN

21 February 2018

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has been a paradox from the very beginning. So argues Dr Mathew Davies in a book he is writing for Cambridge University Press. The intergovernmental...

A busy street in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

New Mandala: Spotlighting the year ahead

20 February 2018

Covering elections is something of a specialty for New Mandala. Now, the Bell School-based website is preparing for one of its most anticipated: Malaysia’s general election, due in the first half of...

Birds-eye view of Manila, Philippines

Understanding the Local: Good governance and Southeast Asia

20 February 2018

The extent to which local governments either facilitate or frustrate the delivery of public services is a critical issue in the rapidly growing urban centres of Asia. In November 2017, professors...

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The Symbolism of ASEAN at 50

24 August 2017

Had someone at the foundation of ASEAN fifty years ago predicted that the regional organisation would be around in half a century, they might not have been openly laughed at, but they would likely...

Being a good neighbour: Australia in Asia

14 August 2017

Re-imagining Australia’s relationships with its neighbours poses no small challenge. Yet, a panel of academics from the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre took up just that question at the...

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Thailand’s new migrant worker policy is a step onto uncertain ground

11 August 2017

Since 2014, Thailand’s coup-led government has prioritised eliminating human trafficking, especially among migrant workers. This renewed attention has been in direct response to a storm of...

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