EPISODES

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.
Are Thailand’s Politics Stable?
This episode looks at current Thai politics, with attention to the issues of political stability and contestation. While unpredictable, there are striking continuities in contemporary Thai politics.
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A Test of Inclusion in Malaysia: Citizenship for Children of Malaysian Mothers Born Overseas
With Suri Kempe of Family Frontiers, we look at how Malaysia's government addresses the issue of citizenship for children born overseas to Malaysian mothers. After repeated promises to address the injustices, the legislation has been stymied by regressive amendments.
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Sea Change in Human Trafficking in Southeast Asia with Jacob Sims
Straight Talk Southeast Asia focuses on this week’s release of the Trafficking in Persons report for the region, discussing significant sea-changing shifts with Jacob Sims.
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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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