276 Works

Images of Hans Manndorff ’s Anthropological Research on the ‘Hill Tribes’ of Northern Thailand (1961-1965)

Alexander Trupp & Kosita Butratana

Book Review: Gainsborough, M. (Ed.). (2009). On The Borders of State Power: Frontiers in the Greater Mekong Sub-Region.

Ramses Amer

Democratisation, Security, and Justice: Preliminary Remarks on Current Trends in South-East Asia

Christian Wawrinec

Accountability for Serious Crimes and National Reconciliation in Timor-Leste: Progress or Wishful Thinking?

Madalena Pampalk
In 1999 – after 24 years of Indonesian occupation – the people of Timor-Leste voted for their independence. However, Timorese anti-independence militias and the Indonesian military reacted with widespread and systematic attacks against the civilian population in the form of murder, rape, torture and deportation. In order to achieve accountability for the human rights atrocities and reconciliation, various mechanisms at the international, national and regional level were established in Timor-Leste and Indonesia. Despite this multi-layered...

Santi Asoke Buddhism and the Occupation of Bangkok International Airport

Marja-Leena Heikkilä-Horn
Thailand experienced dramatic political turmoil from February 2006 to November 2008 culminating in the occupation of the Bangkok International Airport. The demonstrations against then Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra and his political allies were organised by the People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD). One of the PAD leaders, Major-General Chamlong Srimuang, is an active member of the Buddhist Santi Asoke group. The group is controversial as it is not under the state Buddhist authorities and has implicitly...

The Depoliticisation and ‘ASEANisation’ of Counter-Terrorism Policies in South-East Asia: A Weak Trigger for a Fragmented Version of Human Security

Alfred Gerstl
This article applies a modified version of the theoretical approach of the Copenhagen School to demonstrate that the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has since 2001 reacted in a twofold way to the complex political obstacles to closer counter-terrorism co-operation: First, it has responded with securitising terrorism as a transnational crime and, second, with a depoliticisation and ‘ASEANisation’ of its counter-terrorism policies. Depoliticisation and ‘ASEANisation’, i.e. the framing of a security threat under the...

A Friend in Need. A Friend in Deed? ASEAN-EU Interregionalism in the Light of Non-Traditional Security Crises in South-East Asia

Naila Maier-Knapp
The aim of this article is to assess the European Union’s (EU) engagement with and within the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member states in the field of non-traditional security (NTS) between 1997 and 2009, prior to the Lisbon Treaty becoming effective. The analysis concentrates on the EU’s response to five NTS crises and the interregional level of interaction from a sector-specific governance and social-constructivist approach. These crises are the avian influenza, the political...

Thailand in the Face of the 1997 Asian Crisis and the Current Financial Crisis: An Interview With Johannes Dragsbæk Schmidt

Julia Scharinger
Johannes Dragsbæk Schmidt studied International Relations and Development Studies at Aalborg University, Denmark. Since 1993, he has been Associate Professor in the Department of History, International and Social Studies. Prof Dragsbæk Schmidt has held visiting research fellowships in Australia, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines and Poland, and was a Visiting Professor at the Institute for Political Economy, Carleton University, Canada in 2009. Additionally he has been a consultant to UNESCO, the World Bank and the...

Book review: Heidbüchel, E. (2007). The West Papua Conflict in Indonesia: Actors, Issues and Approaches.

Christian Warta

Book review: Chua, C. (2008). Chinese Big Business in Indonesia: The state of capital.

Gerhard Kraft


Alfred Gerstl & Christian Wawrinec

“Still Working on it”: An Overview on the Current State of Public Activism of Women in the Philippines

Niklas Reese
This paper gives an overview on to what extent public activism in the Philippines is still gendered and how far it, therefore, disadvantages women. The paper consists of three major topics: (1) observations on women and the public space, (2) an outline of women and formal politics, and (3) a glimpse into gender within civil society and social movements in the Philippines.

Self-identified Feminists Among Gender Activists and Scholars at Indonesian Universities

Alimatul Qibtiyah
Being a self-identifi ed feminist is controversial among women’s rights activists and scholars. This relates to diff erent interpretations of and positive and negative associations with the term ‘feminist’ in society. The research presented here discusses the diff erent ‘feminist’ identities and other labels among activists and scholars at Indonesian universities and explores what ‘feminist’ means for them. Respondents come from Pusat Studi Wanita (Centres for Women’s Studies) or Pusat Studi Gender (Centres for Gender...

Agrofuels in Indonesia: Structures, Conflicts, Consequences, and the Role of the EU

Melanie Pichler
This paper deals with agrofuel policies within the European Union (EU) and the consequences of these policies in Indonesia. That South-East-Asian country is the world leader in the production and exportation of palm oil, which is one of the cheapest feedstocks for the production of biodiesel. Recently, production has expanded signifi cantly due to the incentives of the international energy market. This paper analyses the interests and strategies of the key players in the palm...

Prioritising the Variables Affecting Human Security in South-East Asia

Alexander Lautensach & Sabina Lautensach
Human security is usually framed as a multidimensional concept that depends on socio-political, economic, health-related, and ecological ‘pillars’. An assessment of human security requires an analysis of the nested relationships between those variables. Focusing on South-East Asian countries we illustrate how those relationships can be used to prioritise determinants of human security. Such priorities are important because policies directed at promoting human security require defi nite starting points and targets. What emerges is a collage...

Mainstreaming Human Security in the Philippines: Options and Prospects for Non-State Actors in Light of the ‘ASEAN Way’

Eduardo Gonzalez & Magdalena Mendoza
Progress in human security in the Philippines is infl uenced by the ‘ASEAN Way’, which underscores consensual approach to decision-making, informal structures and processes, and the principle of non-interference in member-countries’ internal aff airs. Along these lines, ASEAN broadened the agenda of security to encompass problems like poverty, epidemics, food security, human rights, and climate change, but failed to deepen security from a focus on the state to a focus on human individuals and communities....

Constructing the ‘Red’ Otherness: The Role and Implications of Thainess on Polarised Politics

Poowin Bunyavejchewin

Gender Politics in Indonesia - Recent Developments: An Interview with Yuniyanti Chuzaifah

Ricarda Gerlach
Yuniyanti Chuzaifah is one of the founders of ‘Voice of Concerned Mothers’ (Suara Ibu Peduli or SIP2) and later joined the ‘Coalition of Indonesian Women’ (Koalisi Perempuan Indonesia or KPI3). She studied at the Universities of Leiden and Amsterdam in the Netherlands, and later returned to Indonesia. Since March 2010 she has been the Director of the ‘Indonesian National Commission on Violence against Women’ (Komnas Perempuan4). This interview was conducted on 15 March 2010 at...

Soziale Netzwerke philippinischer MigrantInnen in Österreich: Ein Interview mit Arlene Castañeda

Pascal Honisch
Arlene Castañeda emigrierte nach ihrem Pädagogik- und Englischstudium vor 20 Jahren von den Philippinen nach Österreich, wo sie Translationswissenschaft an der Universität Wien studierte. Neben ihrer hauptberufl ichen Tätigkeit beim OPEC Fonds für internationale Entwicklung (OPEC Fund for International Development oder OFID) unterrichtet sie seit 1995 an der Volkshochschule Brigittenau in Wien. Sie ist Hauptorganisatorin der Österreichisch-Philippinischen Kultur- und Sprachwoche, die erstmals vom 2. bis 6. August 2010 stattfand. Als Mutter dreier Kinder engagiert sich...

Research on South-East Asia in Austria: Department of Geography and Regional Research, University of Vienna

Karl Husa & Alexander Trupp

The ‘Southeast Asia Movie Theater Project’

Philip Jablon

Book Review: Haacke, Jürgen & Morada, Noel M. (Eds.) (2010). Cooperative Security in the Asia-Pacifi c: The ASEAN Regional Forum.

Amador III, Julio

Book Review: Kingsbury, Damien (2009). East Timor: The Price of Liberty.

Julia Scharinger

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