Indonesia and Southeast Asia

Graphic novels chart Myanmar’s history

Exotic climate, turbulent past an inspiration to comic writers Before 1988, Myanmar (then known as Burma) did not feature prominently in comic strips, comic books… Read More

Regional wrap

Kim Jong-un’s visit to China and the diplomatic to-and-fro surrounding the upcoming summit meeting between DPRK and the United States were the most talked-about developments… Read More

Justice for the Rohingya: Aung San Suu Kyi as saint or sinner?

Imagine Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi resigns, goes into exile, and apologises for her conduct after the Rohingya massacre. Would this improve the… Read More

Biggles in Burma: Giving boys what they want

When British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson quoted the poem ‘Mandalay’ during a visit to Myanmar in early 2017, to the obvious discomfort of the British… Read More

Regional wrap

The most-talked about development, this fortnight, is the significant diplomatic coup pulled off by Kim Jong Un in getting Donald Trump to agree to his… Read More

Regional wrap

The most important development this fortnight, and indeed this year, is Chinese President Xi Jinping’s effective assumption of a dictatorship through the passage of… Read More

Between war and peace: Grey-zone operations in Asia

Recent grey-zone activity in maritime-Asia suggests an increase in hybrid warfare. The lines between military, economic, diplomatic, intelligence and criminal means of aggression are becoming… Read More

Diplomacy on the doorstep: Australia’s equivocal Indonesian relationship

With close to 300 million people, and a GDP that for the first time last year hit USD$1 trillion, Australia has been quick to take… Read More

Indonesian voting behaviour beyond Jakarta

The recent gubernatorial elections in Jakarta have generated vigorous debate about the state of democracy in Indonesia. Many observers have commented on the rise of … Read More

The Rohingya crisis and Myanmar’s military responses

Since October 2016, when militants from the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) attacked three border police posts in Myanmar’s Rakhine State, developments in that part… Read More