By James Springer • Apr 30, 2020
April 30 marks 45 years since communist troops entered the city of Saigon, reuniting North and South Vietnam. Eye witness accounts from that day paint a picture of the scenes in what became Ho Chi Minh City, as Vietnam finally found peace after three decades
Political reporting and analysis on the big questions facing the region.
By Andrew Haffner • Apr 23, 2020
Dams, economic interests and political power are just some of the factors contributing to the over-exploitation of the mighty Mekong. With several competing transnational bodies established to oversee its development, will any of them halt the river’s decline?
By Darshan Joshi • Apr 22, 2020
With Covid-19, errors have been made in the public health responses of many countries. Darshan Joshi of Malaysian think-tank REFSA argues that if past failures on climate change and inequality are any indication of what is to come, we might be in a lot of trouble
By Sarah Kim • Apr 21, 2020
In Thailand, the ruling monarchy has long been protected by some of the harshest lèse-majesté laws in the world. But the behaviour of the controversial King Maha Vajiralongkorn during the pandemic has opened him up to a flurry of online backlash
In Cambodia, a recently passed bill has handed the government the ability to enact sweeping emergency powers during times of crisis. Is this simply a necessary move to combat the pandemic, or are fundamental human rights under threat?
By Alexi Demetriadi • Apr 18, 2020
Southeast Asian history
In the late 19th century, colonial powers Britain and France held grand ambitions to exert control over the Southeast Asia region. The construction of highly ambitious railway lines to access Chinese markets was deemed the answer, and the "Race to Yunnan" was on
By Christian Gilberti • Apr 15, 2020
Freedom of the press
This week Cambodian journalist Sovann Rithy was arrested after he posted a quote taken directly from a Prime Minister Hun Sen speech. Rights groups have warned it's part of a worrying trend across Southeast Asia, as governments tighten their grip on the press in the wake of reporting on the virus
By Miriam Deprez • Apr 10, 2020
Covid-19 is perhaps the most politicised virus in human history, and in Indonesia it's no different. Political analyst Yohanes Sulaiman explains how President Jokowi's economic aspirations, combined with opposition scheming, have resulted in a weak response to the crisis
By Yohanes Sulaiman • Apr 10, 2020
The Cambodian government has undertaken a recent spate of arrests, charging people with spreading "fake news" regarding COVID-19. Rights groups have expressed concern that this is merely a pretext for a clampdown on political dissent
By Miriam Deprez • Mar 27, 2020
In Timor-Leste, anti-foreigner sentiment has grown since the COVID-19 outbreak. The country's Nobel Prize-winning former president has issued an apology for these "malicious criticisms"
By Robert Baird • Mar 27, 2020
Most Read Archive Story: Despite the grave dangers associated with cosmetic procedures in Cambodia, the beauty business in Phnom Penh is booming
By Sam Bradpiece • Mar 24, 2020
Lee Kuan Yew
Five years ago on March 23, Singapore's former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew passed away at the age of 91. Professor Michael Barr discusses the enduring legacy of the city-state's founding father
By Michael Barr • Mar 23, 2020