Sophie Lemière

Political Anthropologist, Researcher, Consultant and Social Entrepreneur.

Sophie Lemière’s research focuses mainly on Malaysia and Southeast Asia since 2006. She has also conducted extensive research in post-revolutionary Tunisia and the Caribbean region. She obtained her Master’s and PhD from Sciences-Po Paris and has received fellowships and grants from prestigious research institutions in Europe, Asia and the US. As of 2021, Sophie is permanently based in Malaysia where she has launched World Wonderers a global non-profit social enterprise for the political empowerment of minorities and SoCo a political consulting firm offering services to private and public entities. She is currently an Adjunct Fellow at the Center for Strategic Research and International Studies (CSIS-Washington DC), a Senior Fellow at The Steven J.Green School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA)-Florida International University (Miami-USA), an Associate Researcher at Collège de France, Fondation pour la Recherche Stratégique (Paris-France) and at The History Workshop at the University of Witwatersrand (Johannesburg-RSA) in Washington DC.

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Featured Works

A Tumultuous Year in Malaysian Politicking

Malaysia’s intricate political games have intensified since 2018, and the tectonic politics have shifted back and forth. The democratic transition many had hoped for with the end of 61 years of single-party rule did not materialize. The unexpected resignation of...

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Spotlight – Malaysia: December 5, 2023

The first year of Anwar Ibrahim’s government has been a shaky one, pressured by elections in six states and a ferocious pro-Malay opposition. The Pakatan Harapan (PH)-Barisan Nasional (BN) alliance is a mismatch, and its movements are restricted by a lack of political...

Podcast – Malaysia’s new King

In this episode of Globe Unpacked, we discuss Donald Trump's many court cases; Liberia's imminent run-off election between President George Weah and challenger Joseph Boakai; and Malaysia expert Sophie Lemière tells us about the Southeast Asian nation's unique...

Spotlight – Malaysia: October 26, 2023

  The Malaysian government’s Budget 2024 was adopted this month. At a size of 393.8 billion ringgit (or approximately $83.3 billion), the budget is the largest to be tabled in the country’s history. This includes a record high RM303.8 billion for operating...

Malaysia on the Edge of Democracy: Will Anwar’s Governement Step Forward ?

  In November 2022, Anwar Ibrahim, leader of the democratic movement Reformasi, finally became prime minister of Malaysia. At 75, Anwar spent 8 years of a 20-year struggle in prison for “sexual offenses”—accusations he claimed to be politically motivated. His...

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