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“Thailand’s 2019 Elections: Regime Change or Prolonging Junta Rule?” by Prajak Kongkirati

2019/31, 20 March 2019 On 24 March 2019, Thailand will hold its first national elections in eight years. These polls come half a decade after the 2014 military coup that ushered in the longest period of Army rule in Bangkok since the 1970s. The elections are taking place against the…
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"The Third Debate for Indonesia’s Presidential Election 2019: Appealing to the Muslim Voters?" by Budi Irawanto

2019/30, 20 March 2019Taking on issues of education, health, workforce, and social and cultural affairs, the third round of the presidential debates on 17 March 2019 featured the two vice-presidential candidates, Ma’ruf Amin and Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno. Dubbed the “millennial politician”, Sandiaga has a strong presence on social media while…
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"The Explosion in Sibolga: Continuing Threats to Security?" by Deasy Simandjuntak

2019/29, 20 March 2019 An explosive device went off in Sibolga, North Sumatra, early on Wednesday, 13 March 2019, during a terror raid, injuring several, including a police officer. The perpetrator was the wife of a suspected militant who was apprehended by the “Densus 88” counterterrorism squad the day before.…
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"Christchurch Shooting: The Need to Tackle all Forms of Extremism" by Norshahril Saat

2019/28, 19 March 2019 50 innocent lives were lost during the mass shooting on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, last Friday. The victims were performing their Friday prayers when Brenton Harrison Tarrant, a 28 year-old Australian, carried out the attack. This is the first time a terrorist attack of…
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"The Philippines’ Twin Deficits" by Malcolm Cook

2019/27, 18 March 2019 The end-of-year statistics for the Philippines in 2018 indicate two worrying trends for the Philippine economy under the Duterte administration. The most worrying was the sharp increase in the trade deficit from a concerning 8.7% of GDP in end-2017 to the much larger 12.5% of GDP…
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"Nahdlatul Ulama and the Framing of an Ideological Battle in the 2019 Indonesian Elections" by Ahmad Najib Burhani

2019/26, 7 March 2019 At a seminar organised on 25 Feb 2019 by the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute, Yenny Zannuba Wahid of the Wahid Foundation described a divide in Indonesia’s Islamic landscape in the context of the forthcoming 2019 presidential elections. The divide is animated by two different ideological leanings supported…
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"Post-Semenyih: Pakatan Harapan Needs to Listen and Act" by Serina Rahman

2019/25, 7 March 2019 The by-election in Semenyih, Selangor, was a jarring wake-up call for Pakatan Harapan. Having lost to Barisan Nasional in a 4-cornered battle by 1,914 votes, coalition members now oscillate between conceding that they need to do more to alleviate costs of living and declaring that the…
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"BRI Risk Reduction" by Malcolm Cook

2019/24, 5 March 2019 Infrastructure agreements between the Duterte administration and Chinese contractors and Chinese state banks are an issue in the ongoing mid-term election campaign in the Philippines. The Philippine Senate is holding hearings into the Duterte administration’s “Build, Build, Build” infrastructure project focussing on the unreleased details of…
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“Thailand’s Elections: Intensifying Struggle on the Legal Front” by Termsak Chalermpalanupap

2019/23, 28 February 2019 In the run-up to the 24 March 2019 Thai general elections, an intensifying struggle is being waged off the campaign trail. This takes the form of the fight for party survival taking place before the Election Commission (EC) and the Constitutional Court. The most prominent case…
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"Plans for the Natuna Fishing Zone are Unveiled" by Leo Suryadinata

2019/22, 28 February 2019 On 20 February 2019, three days after the second presidential election debate between Jokowi and Prabowo, Luhut Panjaitan, Indonesia’s Co-ordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs, unveiled plans that Jakarta intended to set up the Zona Penangkapan Ikan di Laut Natuna (Natuna Fishing Zone) facilities in the third…
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