Trends in Southeast Asia 2018

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.


The Perak Sultanate: Transitioning into the 21st Century by Barbara Watson Andaya



Islam Nusantara as a Promising Response to Religious Intolerance and Radicalism by Ahmad Najib Burhani



Electoral Politics and the Malaysian Chinese Association in Johor by Lee Hock Guan and Nicholas Chan



Agriculture in Johor: What’s Left? by Geoffrey Kevin Pakiam



U.S. Relations with Southeast Asia in 2018: More Continuity Than Change by David Shambaugh



The Private Healthcare Sector in Johor: Trends and Prospects by Meghann Ormond and Lim Chee Han



Developing Eastern Johor: The Pengerang Integrated Petroleum Complex by Serina Rahman



State Formation in Riau Islands Province by Mulya Amri and Faizal Rianto



Pancasila and the Challenge of Political Islam: Past and Present by Leo Suryadinata



The “Free and Open Indo-Pacific” and Implications for ASEAN by John Lee