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.
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.
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.
Amid concerns over increased authoritarianism in Southeast Asia, countries with strict virus policies stand ready to emerge from the crisis faster and stronger than their peers.
Thailand’s Future Forward Party was dissolved after a campaign of legal harassment by the former junta. But the party’s legacy, including its 1MDB corruption allegations against Prayut, will have a lasting impact on the pro-democracy movement.
ASEAN’s animated fintech sector brings financial services to those excluded by the financial system. But if mismanaged, new technologies pose a threat to citizens’ privacy and democracy.
Thailand declared itself a democracy in March after nearly five years of military dictatorship. But as those who speak out face violence and threats, the government has a long way to go before it can call itself legitimate.
The presidential palace has released several matrices of alleged national security threats. Many are just individuals critical of President Duterte’s policies.
President Rodrigo Duterte continues his assault on critics and political opponents. With the 2019 mid-term elections on the horizon, is he poised to assume even more power?
Pro-democracy groups have expressed their dismay at the selection of Beijing’s candidate Carrie Lam. She talks the talk of unity and solidarity, but her walk bears more resemblance to strong-arm tactics and prosecution.