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.
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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Legal Democratic Backsliding in Indonesia with Andreas Harsono
This week’s episode focused on contemporary legal measures that are undercutting democracy in Indonesia with Human Rights Watch’s Andreas Harsono.
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A More Resilient Singapore: Lee Hsien Loong's Legacy
As Lee Hsien Loong steps down after almost twenty years as the third prime minister of Singapore this episode reflects on his legacy in conversation with Dr. Bilveer Singh.
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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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