Mark R Thompson professor and head, Department of Asian and International Studies, director, Southeast Asia Research Centre (SEARC), both at the City University of Hong Kong, as well as president of the Hong Kong Political Science Association. His research focuses on authoritarianism and democracy in Southeast Asia, China, and beyond. He is the co-editor, together with Stephan Ortmann, of a forthcoming book on China’s “Singapore Model” to be published by Routledge. Most recently he is the author of “Authoritarian Modernism in East Asia” (Palgrave 2019).