Trends in Southeast Asia 2023

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 Debate on the Ba‘Alawi Lineage in Indonesia: Highlighting Weaknesses in the Genealogical Records by Ahmad Muhajir and Afra Alatas


Managing China-Singapore Relations Amid US-China Rivalry by Ma Bo


“The Evolution of Madani: How Is 2.0 Different from 1.0?” by Mohd Faizal Musa


“Post-Islamism Battles Political Islam in Malaysia” by Mohd Faizal Musa


“The Labour Politics of App-Based Driving in Vietnam” by Joe Buckley


“Indonesia’s Moderate Muslim Websites and Their Fight against Online Islamic Extremism” by A’an Suryana


“Terrorism in Indonesia and the Perceived Oppression of Muslims Worldwide ” by Prakoso Permono and A’an Suryana


“A Review of Data, Policy and Transparency in Reducing Methane Emissions in Malaysia” by Matthew Ashfold, Helena Varkkey, Yong Jie Wong, Anjulie Razak, Shareen Yawanarajah, Mark Lunt and Emily Oi Yen Tse


“Indonesia’s COVID-19 Infodemic: A Battle for Truth or Trust?” by Yatun Sastramidjaja


“New Chinese Migrants in Thailand and the Perceived Impact on Thai People” by Sivarin Lertpusit