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.


“Party Mergers in Myanmar: A New Development” by Su Mon Thant



“From Tao Guang Yang Hui to Xin Xing: China’s Complex Foreign Policy Transformation and Southeast Asia” by Pang Zhongying



“The Free and Open Indo-Pacific Beyond 2020: Similarities and Differences between the Trump Administration and a Democrat White House” by John Lee



“Malaysia’s Student Loan Company: Tackling the PTPTN Time Bomb” by Wan Saiful Wan Jan



“Deepening the Understanding of Social Media’s Impact in Southeast Asia” by Ross Tapsell



“Terrorism in Indonesia after “Islamic State”” by Quinton Temby



“The Hand that Rocks the Cradle: Nurturing Exclusivist Interpretations of Islam in the Malaysian Home” by Serina Rahman



“The Vietnam-US Security Partnership and the Rules-based International Order in the Age of Trump” by Le Hong Hiep