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Trends in Southeast Asia

The Trends in Southeast Asia series serves as in-depth analysis of contemporary geopolitical and socio-economic forces in the region. The series is written for policymakers, diplomats, scholars and students of the region with emphasis on empirical and observable trends, and less on theory-building or historical accounts of events.

The aim of Trends is to offer concrete accounts of the dynamism in the region as transnational processes impact local communities, national governments as well as bilateral and foreign relations. Subjects that are of interest to the series are national elections; economic patterns and growth; demographic changes and their social implications; migratory patterns; religious and ethnic trends; bilateral relations and geopolitics in the region in relation to the larger powers of Japan, China and the US. This series undergoes a peer-review process.


“Tides of Insecurity: Vietnam and the Growing Challenge from Non-traditional Maritime Threats” by Phan Xuan Dung and To Minh Son



“GVC Reconfiguration: Risks and Opportunities for ASEAN Members” by Sithanonxay Suvannaphakdy and Pham Thi Phuong Thao



“The Indonesia National Survey Project 2022: Engaging with Developments in the Political, Economic and Social Spheres” by Burhanuddin Muhtadi, Hui Yew-Foong and Siwage Dharma Negara



“Can Malaysia Eliminate Forced Labour by 2030?” by Lee Hwok Aun and Adrian Pereira



“The EU’s Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM): Implications for ASEAN-EU Relations” by Melinda Martinus and Kanin Laopirun



“The Indonesian Military Enjoys Strong Public Trust and Support: Reasons and Implications” by Burhanuddin Muhtadi



““STANNING” NAJIB: Fanning a Personality Cult in Malaysian Politics” by Clarissa Ai Ling Lee and Amirul Adli Rosli



“Explaining PAS’s Dominance in Kelantan” by Azmil Tayeb



“Freedom of Religion in Malaysia: The Situation and Attitudes of “Deviant” Muslim Groups” by Mohd Faizal Musa



“Concepts and Patterns of Chinese Migration, with Reference to Southeast Asia” by Leo Suryadinata and Dorcas Gan