As Myanmar prepares for a general election in November, thousands of Muslim voters and their candidates are being denied the chance to participate in the electoral process. What does that mean for the country’s Muslim community?
A narrative of ethnic Burman state-building and junta rule has left Myanmar with structural flaws in its new democracy, several limiting the possibilities for November’s election.
Many governments in Southeast Asia have made strides towards becoming stable democracies. However, for as long as semi-authoritarian regimes remain in power, the struggle of pro-democracy forces is far from over.
Authorities in Thailand are stepping up harassment against supporters of the country’s pro-democracy movement, but the scale and scope of recent protests show this may only strengthen calls for reform.
Myanmar’s upcoming election won’t bring a much-needed overhaul of the country’s government, but it does serve to point to where renewed vision and political will are needed going forward.
Indonesia’s regional election in December will offer insight on the political impacts of COVID-19, the state of the country’s opposition and what’s to come in the 2024 presidential contest.
After a lull during COVID-19 restrictions, new rounds of protests aimed at the military-backed regime show a continued unease with strong-arm democracy.
The recent Amnesty International report about the Myanmar military’s alleged war crimes highlights the country’s civil-military imbalance and the significant impact it will have on the country’s general election.
With political campaigns entirely online but voting still taking place in person, what does Singapore’s election say about future votes in Southeast Asia?
Survey data shows Indonesians aren’t satisfied with how their democracy is functioning during the COVID-19 crisis. As the country’s economy dives, citizens are questioning their leaders’ decisions.