Trends in Southeast Asia 2016

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.


Thailand’s Hyper-royalism: Its Past Success and Present Predicament by Thongchai Winichakul



China’s One Belt One Road: An Overview of the Debate by Zhao Hong



The State of Local Politics in Indonesia: Survey Evidence from Three Cities by Diego Fossati



Myanmar’s Foreign Policy under President U Thein Sein: Non-aligned and Diversified by Jürgen Haacke



Can Myanmar’s NLD Government Undo the Gordian Knot of Federalism and Ethnicity? by Robert H. Taylor



Middle Eastern Influences on Islamist Organizations in Malaysia: The Cases of ISMA, IRF and HTM by Ahmad Fauzi Abdul Hamid and Che Hamdan Che Mohd Razal



Making Sense of the Election Results in Myanmar’s Rakhine and Shan States by Su-Ann Oh