Southeast Asian Politics

The 5th Cambodia elections: a turning point for the democratic process

In this the third article from our series ‘Young Academics Voice,’ Vannarith Chheang, from the Cambodian Institute for Cooperation and Peace, investigates the ‘surprise’ of Cambodia's July 2013 elections. According to Chheang, unlike elections in the past, this one signals a critical turning point in the democratic process. [...]

Benedict Anderson on Southeast Asia

Thank you very much, Acharn Giles. This is great. First thing I want to say is this: listening to these four excellent and stimulating presentations, I was particularly struck by one thing that came out of Acharn Pasuk’s wonderful talk. She raised a question which is really important and interesting: Under what conditions can people like Thaksin appear? Was a Thaksin possible 10 years ago or 20 [...]

Japanese Scholarship on Communism in East and Southeast Asia

This is a select list of Japanese publications on communism in East and Southeast Asia. Doing a keyword search of “共産主義” (communism) in the Kyoto University Library Online Data Base, I initially found too many results – about 750, including translations from foreign languages. I made a choice from these results, focusing on East and Southeast Asia. Studies on communism in Southeast [...]

Wu Xiao An on Centers for Chinese Studies in Southeast Asia

Two important local research centers provide Southeast Asian historians with important field access, foundations for further research, well-documented local knowledge, and well-informed social networks – the Centre for Malaysian Chinese Studies in Kuala Lumpur and the Chinese Heritage Centre in Singapore. As communal or heritage initiatives, Chinese studies in Malaysia and Singapore have been [...]