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ASEAS 7(1) published!

As the first half of the year 2014 has past, the ASEAS Editorial Team is pleased to announce the publication of ASEAS 7(1) - online and soon in print! The issue's focus on 'Conflict Dynamics and Transformations in Southeast Asia' brings together topical works of researchers from various academic fields that offer a comprehensive perspective on current developments in some of the region’s political, social, and environmental conflicts as well as on approaches to their management and resolution. The contributions include case studies from Indonesia, Myanmar, the Philippines, and Thailand, as well as analyses of the status and prospects of regional security cooperation within the framework of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). As we have entered a joint operation with Caesarpress, this issue will soon be available through the usual book store distributors.

To view all articles, please visit SEAS website!

Henning Borchers ponders the possibility of the development of an ASEAN peacekeeping force despite member states’ reluctance towards a regional conflict resolution mechanism, as this could challenge ASEAN’s constitutive norm of non-interference in domestic politics of its member states. Similarly, Kathrin Rupprecht argues that the ASEAN operational norm of non-interference is insufficient to adequately address state-internal conflicts and impedes efficient security cooperation; she concludes that non-traditional security issues linked to state-internal conflicts demand a more proactive ASEAN role. Based on interviews with representatives of armed opposition groups in Myanmar, Sina Kowalewski analyzes their leaderships’ perspectives on Myanmar’s current multidimensional transition. According to the findings of her study, the government’s top-down strategy in implementing political and economic reforms and the mistrust between the conflicting parties constitute severe challenges to the ongoing ceasefire negotiations and peace processes.

In their contribution, Jeroen Adam and Boris Verbrugge challenge the rigid distinction between formal and informal actors in conflict mediation approaches, which they find may actually be counterproductive and lead to unintended consequences such as reinforcing existing power imbalances by favoring already well-connected elite actors. In the context of a land conflict between the indigenous Batin Sembilan and an oil palm company in Jambi province, Central Sumatra, Indonesia, Barbara Beckert, Christoph Dittrich, and Soeryo Adiwibowo show how the Batin Sembilan used the concept of indigeneity to enhance their agency and empowerment. Within the frame of indigenous political strategies, Timo Duile analyzes socio-ecological conflicts arising around palm oil expansion in Kalimantan, Indonesia, and the conceptions of nature that are employed in the course of these conflicts. He demonstrates how the indigenous Dayak’s concepts of nature differ fundamentally from hegemonic concepts that frame nature as opposed to culture or the human mind.

In the ‘In Dialogue’ section, Ying Hooi Khoo offers an insider’s perspective on extra-parliamentary opposition politics in Malaysia, in particular, the Bersih movement through her interview with Hishamuddin Rais, a prominent Bersih activist.

Last but not least, in the ‘Southeast Asia Visually’ section, Vera Altmeyer provides well-informed insights into the 2012 gubernatorial elections in Jakarta, Indonesia, with a thick visual description of the highly contrastive campaign strategies of the two main pairs of candidates: incumbent Governor Fauzi Bowo and his running mate Nachrowi Ramli on the one hand, and challenger Joko Widodo and his running mate Basuki Tjahaja Purnama on the other. With Indonesian presidential elections set for July 2014 and acting Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo as the most promising candidate, this visual report could not be timelier.

Reminder: ASEAS 8(1) Call for Papers

This is a kind reminder for the submission deadline for ASEAS 8(1) with focus on 'The Sovereignty of Food and Health in South-East Asia' - September 1st, 2014! For more details, please visit Our Journal's website!

EuroSEAS 2015: Call for Panels

The European Association for Southeast Asian Studies (EuroSEAS) will hold its 8th conference from 11 to 14 August 2015 at the University of Vienna and the Austrian Academy of Sciences in Vienna, Austria. As a member of the organazing committee, the Austrian Society for South-East Asian Studies (SEAS) is happy to announce the Call for Panels - open until September 30th, 2014! For more information, please visit EuroSEAS website!