Countering Insurgencies and Violent Extremism in South and Southeast Asia

September 01, 2020

Today, people’s rising aspirations often sit at odds with political stability. Impatience, dissent and violent protests can easily slip into insurgency and terrorism. Various state machineries stand guilty of weaponizing political disaffection in pursuit of political goals. These policies often...

This Is What Indonesia Needs

August 31, 2018

As Indonesians brace themselves for another election in 2019, they must stop politicizing religion and identity. In Southeast Asia, Indonesia is set to hold its presidential election in April 2019. Citizens will choose a candidate to lead the nation until 2024, and the excitement can be felt...

Have the BRICs Hit a Wall? The Next Emerging Markets

January 17, 2016

Which countries are poised to become the next high-growth developing markets? Until recently, when people talked about “emerging markets,” they were referring to the BRIC economies: Brazil, Russia, India and China. Undeniably, these countries have changed the face of global business over...

Migrant Workers in Asia Face Unexpected Challenges

December 18, 2015

Each year, 2.5 million Asian migrants leave their homes to find work in a foreign land. Their plight is often ignored. The 21st century, according to The Guardian, will be defined by the issue of migration. While the spotlight on migration in 2015 has been on the surge of refugees and asylum...

Thailand: The Land of Smiles and Dictators

July 15, 2015

What are Thailand’s prospects for democracy a year after the country’s 19th coup? As most media outlets have their attention geared toward Iran, Greece and the European Union’s asylum seeker crisis, Thailand continues to struggle with the military government that installed itself by a...

Flight of the Rohingya

May 31, 2015

The realities that over 150,000 Rohingya refugees face are filled with risk, fear and uncertainty. Imagine the choice between throwing your fate into the hands of notoriously abusive human traffickers or staying in a place facing the highest risk of genocide in the world. This is the choice...

Media Freedom in Southeast Asia Remains An Issue

March 29, 2015

Civil liberties have improved, but most media outlets in Southeast Asia remain controlled by authoritarian governments. Media and politics are two strongly interconnected and essential components of human society. The state, through law, limits the room for news media to operate freely. In turn,...

Democracy and Southeast Asia are Not Incompatible

December 08, 2014

Despite historical difficulties, Southeast Asia has come a long way on the road to democratization. The Arab Spring that started in 2011 brought the world’s attention back to the diverse nature and processes of democratization, with more recent events in Thailand, Hong Kong and...

Thailand in 2014: A Democracy Endangered by Juristocracy?

April 03, 2014

In Thailand, the judiciary appears ready to spring a new coup. Since 2005, Thailand has been a divided country, witnessing resurgent waves of political pandemonium. The latest resurrection of such acrimony surfaced in November 2013, when once again, the country began to suffer mass demonstrations...

Political Unrest in Thailand: The Crisis Explained

April 03, 2014

Thailand's political unrest is more than a showdown between "red shirts" and "yellow shirts." Background In 2013, Thailand welcomed over 26.7 million visitors, while its capital city, Bangkok, was declared as the world's number one travel destination by the Global Destination Cities...

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