About Jonathan Bogais

Dr Jonathan Bogais is a political sociologist and a foreign affairs specialist who specialises in violence and conflict, and in Southeast Asia. He is an adjunct associate professor in the Department of Sociology and Social Policy, School of Social and political Sciences at the University of Sydney. He has considerable academic and practical experience in Southeast Asia. He has a personal website www.jonathanbogais.net.

The Philippines

Duterte plays a long game to secure Philippine advantage

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Behind the crude populism, President Duterte has an intuitive grasp of what is best for the Philippines, Jonathan Bogais argues. Intellectual and political debate about Rodrigo Duterte since his election as Philippine president in June 2016 has been based on an abundance of bias and a paucity of fact. That Duterte is a populist and […]

Myanmar

Pitfalls ahead as Myanmar advances along democratic road

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Facing challenges on many fronts, the first priority for Myanmar’s new government is to curb the country’s systemic violence While seemingly dissimilar in every respect, Myanmar and the Middle East have arrived at an eerily similar ‘historical moment’ in their political trajectories. Both find themselves confronted by a range of domestic issues defined by pluralising […]

Cambodia

Cambodia on the brink

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With the main political opposition disabled and an increasingly authoritarian government, Cambodia faces a political crisis, writes JONATHAN BOGAIS. Cambodia is on the brink of a political crisis, facing a return to the autocratic modus operandi that has been the hallmark of its politics for many years. This follows a sudden government crackdown on the […]

Myanmar

Myanmar’s toughest challenge lies ahead

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Myanmar’s controversial race and religion laws could be a trigger for a revolt against the country’s newly elected government, warns JONATHAN BOGAIS. Speaking at his Masoe-yin monastery quarters in Mandalay about the National League for Democracy’s (NLD) victory in the historic Myanmar elections, U Wirathu, the leader of the Organisation for the Protection of Race […]

Cambodia

Portrait of a pragmatist

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Hun Sen’s Cambodia. By Sebastian Strangio. Yale University Press, 2014. 322pp. During a recent conversation, a foreign affairs official confided to me his views on the remarkable development experienced by Cambodia in the last 30 years but, as I listened to him, it struck me as amazing that he knew so little about the recent […]

Myanmar

Religious apartheid in Myanmar

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The Myanmar government could find itself in breach of international law over plans to offer minority Rohingya Muslims citizenship if they volunteer to change their ethnic denomination, writes JONATHAN BOGAIS. Myanmar has notified the United Nations that it is finalising a plan that could offer minority Rohingya Muslims citizenship if they volunteer to change their […]