Straight Talk Southeast Asia
Straight Talk Southeast Asia is a weekly podcast series that covers politics in Southeast Asia, analysing elections, conflict, political risk, governance and human rights. Along with dissecting the political muck, Bridget Welsh engages with those shaping politics in (and the political narratives of) the region.
Strategic Engagement in Japan-Southeast Asia Relations with Dr. Kei Koga
This episode with Dr. Kei Koga examines current dynamics in the Japan-Southeast Asia relations, drawing attention to new drivers and recent changes in Japan’s approach to foreign policy toward the region.
Timor Leste’s Challenges with Dr. Rui Graça Feijó
One year after Timor Leste’s parliamentary election, this episode looks at the progress and challenges facing this Southeast Asia country.
Rise of Transnational Crime and Scamming in Southeast Asia with Dr. Jason Tower
Dr. Jason Tower joins me to look at the rise of transnational crime in Southeast Asia, focusing on the findings of a May 2024 United States Institute of Peace report on drivers and the changing patterns of criminality.
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About the Analyst

Bridget Welsh is an independent scholar, political analyst and consultant on political risk currently based in Kuala Lumpur. She is currently an Honorary Research Associate with the University of Nottingham Asia Research Institute Malaysia (UoNARI-M). 

She is also a Senior Research Associate of the Hu Feng Center for East Asia Democratic Studies of National Taiwan University and a Senior Associate Fellow of The Habibie Center. She specializes in Southeast Asian politics, with a focus on Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore and Indonesia.

An author and editor of numerous books, reports and articles, her latest book Democracy Landing: The Habibie Legacy will be out this year.

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