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Shaking the World: How Geology Can Help Us Address the Big Challenges of the 21st Century

Nov 26 • 15:56

Southeast Asia is the most tectonically and geologically active region on Earth. These processes have enriched the mountains and basins with world-famous mineral and energy resources, fresh water, and highly productive soils. However, the same geological processes are responsible for incredible destruction – from the 1991 Mount Pinatubo volcanic eruption in the Philippines...

‘Network Monarchy’ and Its Challengers: Making Sense of Thai Politics with Duncan McCargo

Nov 26 • 31:31

What does a cup of coffee tell us about Thailand’s intricate power relations? Where does the country’s monarchy come into this? And why does it matter? Prominent political scientist and NIAS director Duncan McCargo joins Petra Desatova to revisit his famous ‘network monarchy’ concept and explain why Thailand should not be seen as a ‘Deep State.’...

Melissa Macauley, "Distant Shores: Colonial Encounters on China's Maritime Frontier" (Princeton UP, 2021)

Nov 24 • 51:50

“The Europeans raise all the cattle, but the Chinese get all the milk.”...

Alice Beban, "Unwritten Rule: State-Making through Land Reform in Cambodia" (Cornell UP, 2021)

Nov 15 • 37:38

Why do so many Cambodian small landholders live in fear? How did the issuance of official land titles contribute to growing indebtedness in rural areas? Why did the government send thousands of university students to the countryside to help with the land titling process? And why did international donors eventually become so disllusioned?...

In Search of New Social Democracy: Insights from the South - Implications for the North

Nov 12 • 22:27

In his new book In Search of New Social Democracy: Insights from the South - Implications for the North (Zed-Bloomsbury), Olle Törnquist has returned to findings from fifty years of research on democracy and social rights movements in especially Indonesia, India and the Philippines, to address the major puzzle of our time: why the vision about development based on social j...

The Politics of Public Prosecution in Malaysia and the Problem of Corruption

Nov 12 • 23:15

On 16 August 2021, Muhyiddin Yaseen resigned as Prime Minister of Malaysia, with Ismail Sabri Yaakub sworn in as the new Prime Minister a week later, making him Malaysia’s third Prime Minister in two years. This marked the return to power of UMNO, or the United Malays National Organisation, and the graft-tainted coalition that had been ousted from power in 2018. Meanwhile,...

Don F. Selby, "Human Rights in Thailand" (U Pennsylvania Press, 2018)

Nov 9 • 01:15:08

Don F. Selby’s Human Rights in Thailand (U Pennsylvania Press, 2018) is a rich anthropological study of the emergence of human rights in Thailand at a national scale following the adoption of the 1997 “People’s Constitution” and establishment of the Human Rights Commission of Thailand. The book argues that what gave emergent human rights in Thailand their shape, force, and...

Bertil Lintner, "The Wa of Myanmar and China’s Quest For Global Dominance" (NIAS Press, 2021)

Nov 5 • 30:45

Who are the Wa of Myanmar and how, in three decades, have they built a force that is now the largest non-state military actor in Asia-Pacific? How does China’s economic, political, and military support for the Wa factor into the Chinese Belt and Road Initiative? What role might the Wa play in the unfolding political crisis in the wake of the February 1, 2021 coup in Myanma...

Carlos M. Piocos, "Affect, Narratives and Politics of Southeast Asian Migration" (Routledge, 2021)

Nov 4 • 01:05:16

In Affect, Narratives and Politics of Southeast Asian Migration(Routledge, 2021), Carlos M. Piocos explores the politics of gendered labor migration in Southeast Asia through the stories and perspectives of Indonesian and Filipina women presented in films, fiction, and performance to show how the emotionality of these texts contribute to the emergence and vitality of women...

Anjalee Cohen, "Youth Culture and Identity in Northern Thailand: Fitting in and Sticking Out" (Routledge, 2020)

Nov 1 • 34:10

Youth Culture and Identity in Northern Thailand (Routledge, 2020) examines how young people in urban Chiang Mai construct an identity at the intersection of global capitalism, state ideologies, and local culture....

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