Trends in Southeast Asia 2020

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 Making of Anwar Ibrahim’s “Humane Economy”” by Khoo Boo Teik



“Malay Politics: Parlous Condition, Continuing Problems” by Khoo Boo Teik



“Minding the Grassroots: Celebrating 70 Years of Sino-Indonesia Relations amid the Coronavirus Pandemic” by Ardhitya Eduard Yeremia and Klaus Heinrich Raditio



“Challenges in Tackling Extremism in the Indonesian Civil Service” by A’an Suryana



“Parti Islam SeMalaysia (PAS): Unifier of the Ummah?” by Wan Saiful Wan Jan



“Indonesia’s Ministry of Religious Affairs under Joko Widodo” by Syafiq Hasyim and Norshahril Saat



“Federal-State Relations under the Pakatan Harapan Government” by Tricia Yeoh



“Renewable Energy: Malaysia’s Climate Change Solution or Placebo?” by Serina Rahman



“Why Did BERSATU Leave Pakatan Harapan?” by Wan Saiful Wan Jan



“Advocacy in a Time of Change: Business Associations and the Pakatan Harapan Government in Malaysia, 2018–20” by Michael T. Schaper