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A “Pangulo” ideology: leader-centrism and the return of a Marcos presidency

History, morality and facts become subservient to the success and protection of the individual leader.

Timor-Leste’s deep politics and the enigma of Xanana Gusmao

In 2018, Gusmao's reframing of his modernist vision through a lulik alliance signalled a return to his cultural roots that assisted in regaining his waning charisma.

Myanmar’s anti-junta forces are terrorists, says the Institute for Economics and Peace

Empirical data is not politically neutral, nor does it speak for itself. Divorced from its original context, it can cause harm.

No protection, more repression: freedom of expression in Southeast Asia

...these are fundamentally contrary to the principles of international human rights law and fail to meet the principle of “legal certainty” of international law.

Rethinking self-censorship in Southeast Asia’s media landscape

By intentionally devising concealment strategies that maintain the core messages...research participants demonstrate their commitment to continue producing critical information while avoiding punishment.

Politics of denial: South Korean war crimes in Vietnam

Civil society groups have driven several efforts to achieve government-level recognition and responsibility during the war, including a People’s Tribunal on War Crimes.

Cambodian CSOs: constraints and opportunities in local governance

CSO’s activities have been suppressed by local members of the CPP and police & projects addressing communities collective concerns co-opted and controlled.

The Macbethian tragedy of Indonesian democracy

While observers might be surprised that Jokowi harboured despotic tendencies, never had he hid his stripes...The essence of the tragedy is the circularity of a flawed system and bad actors.

Stay angry. Organise. Build solidarity. Democracy in post-disaster Philippines

Everyday political action shows democracy can work amidst constraints, in the aftermath of a tragedy.

Thailand’s long-anticipated submarine deal has hit yet another snag

What maritime threat does Thailand face that surface ships cannot handle more effectively and cheaply?

The women entrepreneurs of early modern Vietnam

Their contributions were fundamental to shaping Vietnam’s early modern social, religious, and economic society, but historical scholarship has neglected their experiences for centuries.

Marcos or Robredo? Assessing the dynamics of the May 2022 Philippine presidential elections

Will Leni Robredo be able to overcome Bongbong Marcos’s decisive lead in the surveys?