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"The Final Presidential Debate: Will Jokowi Win the Economic Referendum?" by Siwage Dharma Negara

2019/36, 15 April 2019On Saturday, 13 April 2019, the Indonesian presidential and vice-presidential candidates, Joko “Jokowi” Widodo-Ma’ruf Amin and Prabowo Subianto-Sandiaga Uno, engaged in a final televised debate on the themes of economics and social welfare, finance and investment, and trade and industry. Arguably, this debate demonstrated a more substantive…
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"The Fourth Debate for Indonesia’s Presidential Election 2019: Who’s a True Defender of the Nation?" by Budi Irawanto

2019/35, 3 April 2019 The incumbent president Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo and challenger Prabowo Subianto re-matched in the fourth televised presidential debate on 30 March 2019. Tackling the highly political issues of ideology, governance, national defence and security, and foreign affairs, the televised debate was expected to show the candidates’ vision…
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“Religious Outbidding in Elections in Myanmar and in Indonesia” by Nyi Nyi Kyaw

2019/34, 3 April 2019 Religion as a potent identity marker is increasingly prone to use, misuse or abuse in elections in Southeast Asia — as witnessed in the legislative elections in predominantly Buddhist Myanmar in November 2015 and now in the campaign for the presidential elections in predominantly Muslim Indonesia…
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“It’s a Political Marathon, not a 100-metre Dash” by Termsak Chalermpalanupap

2019/33, 29 March 2019 The Phuea Thai Party’s 27 March announcement that it will form a seven-party coalition with at least 255 seats in the lower house of the Thai parliament, the House of Representatives, is at best a small moral victory for the so-called “democratic alliance” that the party…
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“Coalition Scenarios in Thailand after the Polls” by Termsak Chalermpalanupap

2019/32, 22 March 2019 None of the three strongest parties contesting Sunday’s general elections in Thailand will be able to win a majority of the seats in the 500-member House of Representatives. And yet, because the premiership is at stake, none of them wants to play second fiddle to either…
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“Thailand’s 2019 Elections: Regime Change or Prolonging Junta Rule?” by Prajak Kongkirati

2019/31, 20 March 2019 On 24 March 2019, Thailand will hold its first national elections in eight years. These polls come half a decade after the 2014 military coup that ushered in the longest period of Army rule in Bangkok since the 1970s. The elections are taking place against the…
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"The Third Debate for Indonesia’s Presidential Election 2019: Appealing to the Muslim Voters?" by Budi Irawanto

2019/30, 20 March 2019Taking on issues of education, health, workforce, and social and cultural affairs, the third round of the presidential debates on 17 March 2019 featured the two vice-presidential candidates, Ma’ruf Amin and Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno. Dubbed the “millennial politician”, Sandiaga has a strong presence on social media while…
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"The Explosion in Sibolga: Continuing Threats to Security?" by Deasy Simandjuntak

2019/29, 20 March 2019 An explosive device went off in Sibolga, North Sumatra, early on Wednesday, 13 March 2019, during a terror raid, injuring several, including a police officer. The perpetrator was the wife of a suspected militant who was apprehended by the “Densus 88” counterterrorism squad the day before.…
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"Christchurch Shooting: The Need to Tackle all Forms of Extremism" by Norshahril Saat

2019/28, 19 March 2019 50 innocent lives were lost during the mass shooting on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, last Friday. The victims were performing their Friday prayers when Brenton Harrison Tarrant, a 28 year-old Australian, carried out the attack. This is the first time a terrorist attack of…
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"The Philippines’ Twin Deficits" by Malcolm Cook

2019/27, 18 March 2019 The end-of-year statistics for the Philippines in 2018 indicate two worrying trends for the Philippine economy under the Duterte administration. The most worrying was the sharp increase in the trade deficit from a concerning 8.7% of GDP in end-2017 to the much larger 12.5% of GDP…
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