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.


Living on the Edge: Being Malay (and Bugis) in the Riau Islands by Andrew M. Carruthers


Indonesia and China’s Belt and Road Initiatives: Perspectives, Issues and Prospects by Siwage Dharma Negara and Leo Suryadinata


GE14: Will Urban Malays Support Pakatan Harapan? by Wan Saiful Wan Jan


Malaysia’s General Elections 2018: Understanding the Rural Vote by Serina Rahman


The Rise and Decline of Labour Militancy in Batam by Max Lane


Chinese Capitalism and Economic Integration in Southeast Asia by Yos Santasombat


Reconciling Economic and Environmental Imperatives in Batam by Lee Poh Onn


Accidental and Intentional Exporters: Comparing Indonesian and Malaysian MSMEs by Tham Siew Yean and Tulus Tambunan


EduCity, Johor: A Promising Project with Multiple Challenges to Overcome by Chang-Da Wan and Benedict Weerasena


GE-14 in Johor: The Fall of the Fortress? by Francis E. Hutchinson