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The Saw Swee Hock Southeast Asia Centre (SEAC) is a multidisciplinary Research Centre of the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), established in 2014. Building on the School’s deep academic and historical connections with Southeast Asia, SEAC seeks to foster world-leading academic and policy research with a focus on the Southeast Asian social and political landscape, guided by the Centre’s core intersecting research themes of urbanisation, connectivity and governance.

SEAC’s blog is a platform for analysing and debating the Southeast Asia region’s critical and pressing issues as LSE’s gateway to Southeast Asia. The blog will introduce academic research of LSE faculty, fellows, students and alumni as well as external researchers and SEAC’s Southeast Asia early career researcher network members.

To submit a blog or pitch an idea, please email the Editorial Manager at

About the Editor

Professor John Sidel is Director of the Saw Swee Hock Southeast Asia Centre, and Sir Patrick Gillam Chair in International and Comparative Politics (Department of Government, and Department of International Relations).

He received his BA and MA from Yale University and his PhD from Cornell University. He is a specialist on Southeast Asia and has conducted extensive research in Indonesia and the Philippines in particular. He is the author of Capital, Coercion, and Crime: Bossism in the Philippines (Stanford University Press, 1999); (with Eva-Lotta Hedman) Philippine Politics and Society in the Twentieth Century: Colonial Legacies, Postcolonial Trajectories (Routledge, 2000), Riots, Pogroms, Jihad: Religious Violence in Indonesia (Cornell University Press, 2006), The Islamist Threat in Southeast Asia: A Reassessment (East-West Center, 2007); (with Jaime Faustino) Thinking and Working Politically in Development: Coalitions for Change in the Philippines (The Asia Foundation, 2019), and Republicanism, Communism, Islam: Cosmopolitan Origins of Revolution in Southeast Asia (Cornell University Press, 2021). Please visit Prof Sidel’s personal webpage here to learn more about his research.

About the Editorial Manager

Jessica Landas is the Saw Swee Hock Southeast Asia Centre Manager and acts as Editorial Manager for the LSE Southeast Asia Blog. She can be emailed at

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Creative commons
Unless otherwise specified, all LSE Southeast Asia Blog posts are published under a Creative Commons licence (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0). This means that you are free to republish them unmodified and properly attributed, with a link to the original article. Please take care with imagery, however, as items may occasionally remain under copyright.

Comments policy
This blog welcomes feedback and comments in accordance with certain guidelines.

The views expressed on LSE Southeast Asia Blog are those of the authors alone. They do not reflect the position of the Saw Swee Hock Southeast Asia Centre, nor that of the London School of Economics and Political Science.

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