Bridget Welsh is Associate Professor at John Cabot University, a Senior Research Associate at NTU, a Senior Associate Fellow THC and a University Fellow of CDU. She analyzes Southeast Asian politics, especially Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore and Indonesia. She is committed to engagement, fostering mutual understanding and empowerment.
Yearly archive 2010

Celebrating Hoa

Eulogy Remarks, 2010 On October 18th Hoa Tran passed away after a valiant fight against cancer. She was only twenty-six years old. The old adage that only the good die young holds true once again. Hoa will be deeply missed – her smile, her energy, her sense of humor and overall positive energy. Like a...

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America Divided – Part 2

Another feature that was reinforced during my trip to the US was America’s continued political polarization. The Obama administration has not brought people together, and in the process lost much of the support it received in the historic 2008 polls. The Democratic Party is heading for a serious drumming in the upcoming congressional elections in...

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America Divided – Part I

This month I returned to Washington DC to attend a gender workshop at the American Political Science Association (excellent learning session!). The trip provided an opportunity for me to assess developments in the American political landscape. My next two blogs will focus on my observations. I was particularly dismayed by the increased anti-Muslim sentiment in...

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Understated Sri Lanka

Understated Sri Lanka

Often overlooked in South Asia, in large part for the long-lasting ethnic-based conflict in the north, this island nation offers a fascinating lens into a developing country. Warm hospitality and genuineness blend with social conservatism and a gentle reserve in the country of 21 million people.   Visiting the capital Colombo with trips to Kandy,...

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Glorious India

Glorious India

In June I made my first trip to India since I was a child. I visited the traditional “Golden Triangle” – Delhi-Agra-Jaipur. The trip was wonderful, as it opened my eyes to the “modern, more confident” India and simultaneously reawakened my south-south connections. India like the rest of world – mixes modernity with tradition. The...

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The Corrupt Rot Inside: Moving Beyond Legalities

From Freedom House The 2010 edition of Freedom House’s Crossroads analysis covered three important countries in maritime Southeast Asia –Indonesia, East Timor, and Malaysia. All three countries experienced modest gains in public accountability and civil liberties during the period of review, but the reports collectively point to the endemic problem facing democracy in Asia – corruption. Despite the efforts of...

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