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.
Bangsamoro Heads Toward Peace? A Conversation with Georgi Engelbrecht
This episode looks at the status of the peace process, the challenges facing the interim Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA) and other stakeholders with Georgi Englebrecht, Senior Analyst of the Crisis Group based in the Philippines.
Indonesia’s Election Aftermath in Conversation with Dr. Philips Vermonte
Prabowo Subianto won the presidential elections in the first round, with the preliminary results suggesting the fortunes of political parties did not fundamentally change. We look at what happened, why and what to expect next in Indonesian politics with Dr. Philips Vermonte.
Evolving Politics in Vietnam with Dr Tu Phuong Nguyen
While the traditional focus of analysing politics has centred on elites, with attention to the recent anti-corruption campaign, this discussion highlights changes in policy and greater demands from Vietnam’s changing society.
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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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