Trends in Southeast Asia 2019

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 Belt and Road Initiative: Environmental Impacts in Southeast Asia” by Alex M. Lechner, Chee Meng Tan, Angela Tritto, Alexander Horstmann, Hoong Chen Teo, John R. Owen and Ahimsa Campos-Arceiz


““Old” and “New” Chinese Business in Cambodia’s Capital” by Michiel Verver


“E-commerce for Malaysian SMEs in Selected Services: Barriers and Benefits” by Tham Siew Yean and Andrew Kam Jia Yi


“How Will Shifts in American Foreign Policy Affect Southeast Asia?” by Daljit Singh


“China’s Evolving Policy towards the Chinese Diaspora in Southeast Asia (1949–2018)” by Wu Xiao An


“Quality, Equity, Autonomy: Malaysia’s Education Reforms Examined” by Lee Hwok Aun


“Free and Open Indo-Pacific Strategy Outlook” by David Arase


“Between Social Services and Tolerance: Explaining Religious Dynamics in Muhammadiyah” by Ahmad Najib Burhani


“Interreligious Conflict and the Politics of Interfaith Dialogue in Myanmar” by Nyi Nyi Kyaw


“The Significance of Everyday Access to Justice in Myanmar’s Transition to Democracy” by Helene M. Kyed and Ardeth Maung Thawnghmung