Trends in Southeast Asia 2022

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 Indonesian Military Enjoys Strong Public Trust and Support: Reasons and Implications” by Burhanuddin Muhtadi



““STANNING” NAJIB: Fanning a Personality Cult in Malaysian Politics” by Clarissa Ai Ling Lee and Amirul Adli Rosli



“Explaining PAS’s Dominance in Kelantan” by Azmil Tayeb



“Freedom of Religion in Malaysia: The Situation and Attitudes of “Deviant” Muslim Groups” by Mohd Faizal Musa



“Concepts and Patterns of Chinese Migration, with Reference to Southeast Asia” by Leo Suryadinata and Dorcas Gan



“Thailand’s Economic Dilemmas in Post-Pandemic Asia” by Richard Yarrow



“Health Security in Indonesia and the Normalization of the Military’s Non-Defence Role” by Jun Honna



“The Halal Project in Indonesia: Shariatization, Minority Rights and Commodification” by Syafiq Hasyim



“Justifying Digital Repression via “Fighting Fake News”: A Study of Four Southeast Asian Autocracies” by Janjira Sombatpoonsiri and Dien Nguyen An Luong



“Muslim Sectarianism versus the De-escalation of Sectarianism in Malaysia” by Mohd Faizal Musa