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.
EP17: Cambodia's Transition
This episode looks at the ongoing political and economic transition taking place in Cambodia. Bradley Murg shares his insights on the challenges ahead for Cambodia’s political economy, while Bridget shares her thoughts on facets ahead for the political change in leadership.
EP16: Democratic Betrayal in Thailand?
In a continued conversation with Ken Mathis Lohatepanont, we look at developments in Thai politics surrounding the first vote for the prime minister and the blocking of Move Forward’s Pita Limjaroenrat as prime minister.
EP15: Towards a Thai Government and Malaysia’s State Election Primer
This episode features a primer on Malaysia’s upcoming state elections by Bridget Welsh and a discussion of political developments in Thailand with political analyst Ken Lohatepanont as its parliament meets after the historic May 2023 elections.
Previous slide
Next slide

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.

To follow Malaysian news