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How will Indonesia fare under new president Prabowo Subianto?

Indonesia has elected Prabowo Subianto to be its next president. But Prabowo is a controversial figure with a reputation marred by human rights violations, a history of anti-democratic rhetoric, and ties to the authoritarian regime of Suharto.

As ethnic tensions rise, is there any real prospect of an inclusive Malaysia?

Recent elections exposed a divided democracy, with populists pushing an agenda that strains the nation’s multicultural fabric. What’s behind this ethno-nationalist trend in Malaysian politics, and what can be done to reset Malaysian society towards national unity?

China wants to remake global governance – is the world ready for it?

China’s Global Civilization Initiative ostensibly appears to embrace diversity, but some analysts argue that it primarily serves China’s own interests by reshaping international norms in favour of authoritarian regimes.

Taiwan through the eyes of mainland Chinese writers and filmmakers

Despite China’s official stance that reunification with Taiwan is non-negotiable, the perspectives of mainland Chinese writers, filmmakers, and television producers who have lived on the island are often far more nuanced.

How the future of Indonesia’s peatlands will shape climate change

With the return of the El Niño weather pattern after a three-year hiatus, several Southeast Asian nations are preparing for the resurgence of the hazardous haze caused by peatland fires in Indonesia.