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 Politics of Thai Buddhism under the NCPO Junta” by Katewadee Kulabkaew



“Whither Myanmar’s Garment Sector?” by Nick J. Freeman



Military Capitalism in Myanmar: Examining the Origins, Continuities and Evolution of “Khaki Capital” by Gerard McCarthy



“From Declaration to Code: Continuity and Change in China’s Engagement with ASEAN on the South China Sea” by Hoang Thi Ha



“The Indo-Pacific and Its Strategic Challenges: An Australian Perspective” by Peter Varghese



Exploring the Trade Potential of the DFTZ for Malaysian SMEs by Tham Siew Yean and Andrew Kam Jia Yi



Vietnam’s Industrialization Ambitions: The Case of Vingroup and the Automotive Industry by Le Hong Hiep



Emerging Political Configurations in the Run-up to the 2020 Myanmar Elections by Aung Aung