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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.


“Thailand’s Economic Dilemmas in Post-Pandemic Asia” by Richard Yarrow



“Health Security in Indonesia and the Normalization of the Military’s Non-Defence Role” by Jun Honna



“The Halal Project in Indonesia: Shariatization, Minority Rights and Commodification” by Syafiq Hasyim



“Justifying Digital Repression via “Fighting Fake News”: A Study of Four Southeast Asian Autocracies” by Janjira Sombatpoonsiri and Dien Nguyen An Luong



“Muslim Sectarianism versus the De-escalation of Sectarianism in Malaysia” by Mohd Faizal Musa



“Financial Technology Adoption in Greater Jakarta: Patterns, Constraints and Enablers” by Astrid Meilasari-Sugiana, Siwage Dharma Negara and Hui Yew-Foong



“Understanding and Reducing Methane Emissions in Southeast Asia” by Qiu Jiahui and Ryan Wong



“Cyber Troops, Online Manipulation of Public Opinion and Co-optation of Indonesia’s Cybersphere” by Yatun Sastramidjaja and Wijayanto



“Religious Extremism in Major Campuses in Indonesia” by A’an Suryana



“A Study of Vietnam’s Control over Online Anti-state Content” by Dien Nguyen An Luong