Malaysia: 2018 Political Update with Bridget Welsh

Chat with Sydney Southeast Asia Centre on Malaysia General Election 2018 and the possible ramifications of the results.


Is The Trial of Najib Razak a Political Vendetta?

Discussing the implications of Najib Razak’s trial on Al Jazeera.


1MDB Case to Go Much Deeper Than Najib, Academic Welsh Says

Discussing with Bloomberg on the significance and ramifications of the 1MDB case.


The 1MDB Probe in Malaysia is ‘Inherently Political’: Professor

With CNBC, on the long path towards achieving closure on the 1MDB scandal.


Malaysia’s Political Transformation

Public Lecture at the Australian National University. See here for the presentation slides and for the audio recording.


Politics in Action 2018: Malaysia

On Malaysia’s remarkable elections, at the 22nd biennial conference of the Asian Studies Association of Australia at the University of Sydney.


Malaysian Tsunami Across the Board, Professor Welsh Says

Discussion on Bloombergy Daybreak: Asia on the overwhelming win by Malaysia’s Mahathir Mohamad.


Malaysia’s Mahathir Mohamad is now the world’s oldest leader

On what to expect from Mahathir Mohamed’s priorities, and the factors that led to the historic election results.


Malaysia elections: Mahathir’s great political comeback

Making sense of Mahathir’s political comeback on ABC’s Between the Lines.


GE14: Will Najib Do the Right Thing

On the importance of statesmanlike behaviour when conceding defeat, on BFM Radio.


GE14: Patience Running Out

Discussion with BFM Radio on Tun Dr Mahathir’s speculations of hold-ups in ballot-counting and announcements of election results.


GE14: What’s at Stake in East Malaysia? (Part 2)

Talking about voting trends, the movement to bring East Malaysians home to vote, and the complicated dynamics behind Sabah and Sarawak’s differing directions.


GE14: What Are BN’s Chances?

Exploring the chances remaining for a BN victory on BFM Radio.


GE14: Voter Sentiment

Discussing voter sentiment for the elections on BFM Radio.


GE14 – East Coast’s Unique Dynamics

Talking about the east coast states of Kelantan and Terengganu and the ramnifications of the PAS-Amanah split.


Dissolving UMNO? Umm…No

Discussing the High Court’s dismissal of the legal bid by 16 former UMNO members to declare the party illegal.


Dr M Contests In Langkawi Seat

Discussion with BFM Radio on Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s bid for Langkawi,


No Picture (of Mahathir) Please!

Discussion with BFM Radio on The Election Commission’s ban on using pictures of Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad on Pakatan Harapan campaign posters, and the importance of imagery when it comes to elections.


On CNBC: Myanmar’s Next President Likely To Be ‘Another Loyalist’

Discussion with the CNBC Asia, at the 21st Credit Suisse Asian Investment Conference, on the challenges faced in dealing with Myanmar’s Rohingya crisis.


Of Ethnicity, Nationality, Detergents, Loneliness and a ‘Dictator’

Making sense of Mahathir Mohamad.


Chedet Confesses

Commentary on Dr Mahathir Mohamed’s sarcastic blog post where he addressed his critics.


Book Launch and Forum Held December 18th held at the University of Notthingham Malaysia campus, co-sponsored by The Malaysia Institute of Australia National University

Regime Resilience cover

Regime Resilience in Malaysia and Singapore (SIRD and Rowman Littlefield) Co-edited by Greg Lopez and Bridget Welsh. This collection of eighteen essays was launched in Kuala Lumpur. It will be in bookstores early next year. Contributors include: John Funston, Clive Kessler, Amanda Whiting, A.B. Shamsul, Lily Zubiadah Rahim, Greg Lopez, Ross Tapsell, Mohammad Ariff, Meredith Weiss, Gaik Cheng Khoo, Chong Hui Wee, Bilveer Singh, Steven Wong, R. Reuben Balasubramaniam, Lee Soo Ann, Terence Lee, David Martin Jones and Bridget Welsh. 


Conference at the Brookings Institution

Panel discussion on the topic of “The competition over soft power in East Asia”.


Darwin Festival

Presentation at Charles Darwin University on “South East Asia’S New Strongmen (And Women): A Democratic Contraction?


TOC News Tonight



Myanmar 2015 Asian Barometer Survey

presentation of the Myanmar 2015 Asian Barometer Survey in Yangon for public feedback

Presentation of the Myanmar 2015 Asian Barometer Survey in Yangon for public feedback. Details of the survey can be found here.


2nd ICBESS in Lombok Indonesia

Delivering the keynote speech entitled "Authoritarianism Strikes Back in Southeast Asia? Challenges for Democracy"

Delivering the keynote speech entitled “Authoritarianism Strikes Back in Southeast Asia? Challenges for Democracy”.


Conflict Issues in the 2015 Asian Barometer Results

Presentation at The Australian National University, part of ’2015 Myanmar/Burma Update: The Many Dimensions of Conflict’ conference. Listen to the recorded presentation here. Summary of the session here.


ERRN (VIC) & ALC Seminar: Representing Malaysia: Reflections on GE13

Seminar at  The University of Melbourne, analyzing GE13 and discussing the broader impact for political representation and democracy in Malaysia. Please click on this link to listen to the recorded seminar.


In Conversation: Dr Ross Tapsell with Associate Professor Bridget Welsh and Professor Ab Shamsul


Malaysia’s Election Scandals – Inside Story

Discussing the irregularities being alleged as the ruling coalition takes power – on Inside Story on Al Jazeera.


40% Increase in Candidates, More Women ADUNs Elected

Presentation at the “Post General Election Analysis- Where Are The Women?” forum organised by Persatuan Kesedaran Komuniti Selangor (EMPOWER)


Malaysia-Singapore Update: Political Liberalization in Malaysia and Singapore

Bridget Welsh discusses political liberalization in Singapore and Malaysia.


Models of an Asian Century: Challenges for Malaysia and Singapore

Bridget Welsh discusses some long-term political challenges for Malaysia and Singapore.


The Fairly Current Show #130: Bridget Welsh


Let’s Talk with Bridget Welsh


One-on-One: Bridget Welsh


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