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"Nahdlatul Ulama and the Framing of an Ideological Battle in the 2019 Indonesian Elections" by Ahmad Najib Burhani

2019/26, 7 March 2019 At a seminar organised on 25 Feb 2019 by the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute, Yenny Zannuba Wahid of the Wahid Foundation described a divide in Indonesia’s Islamic landscape in the context of the forthcoming 2019 presidential elections. The divide is animated by two different ideological leanings supported…
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"Post-Semenyih: Pakatan Harapan Needs to Listen and Act" by Serina Rahman

2019/25, 7 March 2019 The by-election in Semenyih, Selangor, was a jarring wake-up call for Pakatan Harapan. Having lost to Barisan Nasional in a 4-cornered battle by 1,914 votes, coalition members now oscillate between conceding that they need to do more to alleviate costs of living and declaring that the…
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"BRI Risk Reduction" by Malcolm Cook

2019/24, 5 March 2019 Infrastructure agreements between the Duterte administration and Chinese contractors and Chinese state banks are an issue in the ongoing mid-term election campaign in the Philippines. The Philippine Senate is holding hearings into the Duterte administration’s “Build, Build, Build” infrastructure project focussing on the unreleased details of…
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“Thailand’s Elections: Intensifying Struggle on the Legal Front” by Termsak Chalermpalanupap

2019/23, 28 February 2019 In the run-up to the 24 March 2019 Thai general elections, an intensifying struggle is being waged off the campaign trail. This takes the form of the fight for party survival taking place before the Election Commission (EC) and the Constitutional Court. The most prominent case…
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"Plans for the Natuna Fishing Zone are Unveiled" by Leo Suryadinata

2019/22, 28 February 2019 On 20 February 2019, three days after the second presidential election debate between Jokowi and Prabowo, Luhut Panjaitan, Indonesia’s Co-ordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs, unveiled plans that Jakarta intended to set up the Zona Penangkapan Ikan di Laut Natuna (Natuna Fishing Zone) facilities in the third…
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“Confrontations and Looming Protests Over Constitutional Reform in Myanmar” by Nyi Nyi Kyaw

2019/21, 28 February 2019 Recent weeks have seen an unprecedented confrontation between Myanmar’s National League for Democracy (NLD) government and the country’s military over the issue of constitutional reform. The NLD and its supporters, both in the parliament and outside, have put increasing pressure on the military to agree to…
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"Indonesia’s Second Presidential Debate 2019: Data Driven vs Rhetorical Nationalism" by Aninda Dewayanti

2019/20, 26 February 2019 On Sunday, 17 February 2019, Indonesia’s presidential candidates, Joko Widodo (Jokowi) and Prabowo Subianto, pitched their visions for infrastructure, energy, food, natural resources, and the environment during the second presidential debate. While strong nationalist narratives on the economy persisted, this debate appeared more substantial than the…
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"Sino-Philippine and Sino-US Tensions Persist in the South China Sea" by Ian Storey

2019/19, 14 February 2019 In late February, ASEAN and Chinese officials will meet in Naypyidaw, Myanmar to continue discussions on the Code of Conduct (CoC) for the South China Sea. As the CoC process (slowly) advances, however, at sea tensions continue to bubble between China and the Philippines, and China…
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"Trump-Kim Summit: Why Vietnam?" by Ha Hoang Hop and Lye Liang Fook

2019/18, 13 February 2019 US President Trump has announced that the second Trump – Kim Summit will be held in Hanoi, Vietnam from 27 to 28 February. Why is Vietnam chosen as the venue? Hanoi is an acceptable location to both the United States and North Korea. Vietnam has diplomatic…
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“The Princess Gambit Debacle in Thailand” by Termsak Chalermpalanupap

2019/17, 13 February 2019 As widely expected, Thailand’s Election Commission on 11 February excluded Princess Ubolratana from its list of 69 qualified candidates for the premiership proposed by 45 parties due to contest the country’s 24 March elections. The decision of Princess Ubolratana – the elder sister of King Maha…
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