Melissa Crouch is Associate Professor and Associate Dean Research at the Law Faculty at the University of New South Wales, Sydney. She is the author of The Constitution of Myanmar (2020) and is currently working on a major Australian Research Council project on Constitutional Change in Authoritarian Regimes.
Myanmar’s empty promise of constitutional reform
Democracy campaigners tried to play by the military’s rules. They suffered for it anyway.
Australia-Indonesia relations need to talk the talk
Indonesian language programs in Australian universities – a gateway to cultural connection – are disappearing.
Why Myanmar’s elections won’t be free, fair or safe
The polls should be delayed. The danger of spreading the virus is one reason. Ongoing disenfranchisement is another.
Southeast Asian democracies in declining health amid Covid-19
An illiberal turn across the region has been exacerbated by the pandemic. Australia should take note.
Time to reverse the Indonesian language disaster on our shores
It is crucial the next government invest in languages, that of Australia’s largest neighbour the most obvious example.
Hope, despair and the new normal in Myanmar
The Reuters case is about more than press freedom but also relations between Myanmar and the international community.
Don’t rely on luck: making the most of the FTA with Indonesia
It is time to put Indonesian back on the priority list of languages to be studied in Australia.
The death penalty paradox in Buddhist Myanmar
U Ko Ni’s death had a chilling effect on democratisation, and capital punishment for his killers won’t undo the damage.
Myanmar’s press freedom mirage
Myanmar’s privileging access to some and silencing of others exposes the state’s priorities and preoccupations.