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.
EP11: Rohingya at Risk
One of the most targeted populations in the world, Rohingya continue to be at risk. This month they were in path of Cyclone Mocha, facing reduction of humanitarian support and renewed calls for repatriation.
EP10: Timor Leste's Polls and Challenges with Michael Leach
In this episode, Dr. Michael Leach joins Dr. Bridget in an analysis of Timor Leste’s May elections – the results and factors shaping the polls and the challenges ahead for this young country that stands out for being the most democratic in Southeast Asia.
EP9: Thailand's 'Revolutionary' Election with Chris Baker
On May 14 Thais overwhelmingly rejected conservative/military rule at the polls. Join me for a conversation about how this election reflects broader changes in Thai society, the emergence of new political forces, and compares to its past with historian Dr. Chris Baker.
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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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