Trends in Southeast Asia 2017

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.


Legislation on Underwater Cultural Heritage in Southeast Asia: Evolution and Outcomes by Michael Flecker



Malaysia’s Bumiputera Preferential Regime and Transformation Agenda: Modified Programmes, Unchanged System by Lee Hwok-Aun



Parties in the Periphery: Organizational Dilemmas in Indonesia’s Kepri Province by Ulla Fionna



The 2017 Johor Survey: Selected Findings by Terence Chong, Lee Hock Guan, Norshahril Saat and Serina Rahman



Malaysia’s Electoral Process: The Methods and Costs of Perpetuating UMNO Rule by Kai Ostwald



Harnessing the Potential of the Indonesian Diaspora by Charlotte Setijadi



The Central Role of Thailand’s Internal Security Operations Command in the Post-Counter-insurgency Period by Puangthong R. Pawakapan



The Political Economy of Chinese Investment in Cambodia by Vannarith Chheang



The Growing “Strategic Partnership” between Indonesia and China Faces Difficult Challenges by Leo Suryadinata



The Rising Politics of Indigeneity in Southeast Asia by Micah F. Morton