...there are grounds for doubting that counter-polarisation is the real reason for many recent political manoeuvres.
The Rajapaksa regime: navigating the victor’s peace
The climate of increased repression is having a chilling effect on CSOs (civil society organisations), especially those with a human rights focus.
COVID-19 in Southeast Asia: Public health, social impacts, and political attitudes
Southeast Asian citizens are not providing carte blanche to their governments to wind back civil liberties and political rights.
Chinese Investment in Southeast Asia, 2005-2019: Patterns and Significance
Sovereignty concerns arise over foreign ownership of critical national assets, and foreign control of service provision in critical sectors.
Protests and Pandemics: Civil Society Mobilisation in Thailand and the Philippines
...creating spaces for civil society should be integral to post-pandemic recovery and reconstruction plans.
Kaum perempuan di garis depan: Peran kepemimpinan yang tak dihitung dalam penanganan COVID-19
Pengakuan pentingnya peran ini bisa memperkuatkan strategi baru.
Frontline women: unrecognised leadership in Indonesia’s COVID-19 response
Incorporating women's experiences and skills would improve pandemic responses.
Thai Workers against Dictatorship?
If the goal is to begin anew the unfinished political project of an equal society, it is thus crucial for democracy activists to secure broader support for the movement.
The politics of banning FPI
Survey data points to a certain fragility in FPI’s support, but the longer-term consequences of banning of FPI may be a greater cause for concern.
From disinformation to democratic innovations: amplifying ordinary citizens’ voices
How do ordinary Filipinos make sense of their experiences of disinformation during elections?
New friends, old enemies: Politics of Ethnic Armed Organisations after the Myanmar Coup
Has the coup has brought these groups closer together or deepened disunity, and reduced the likelihood of the formation of the federal army?
In limbo: Migrant workers struggle with the Myanmar coup and COVID-19
As their travel documents expire Myanmar migrants risk becoming undocumented and excluded from legal protections by shortcomings in both Myanmar and Thai migration policies.
Civil Society and Southeast Asia’s Authoritarian Turn
Just as there is no simple correlation between democracy and good governance, we can no longer draw a straight line between authoritarianism and weak governance.
Human rights ritualism in Southeast Asian regionalism
Regional organisations can play a wide range of roles in the human rights governance of the region, because different motivations for adopting rights and commitments result in different regional institutional designs.
The value of post-conflict inclusion of youth
How do young people contribute to addressing injustices and advancing agendas of peace?
Behind the coup: what prompted the Tatmadaw’s grab for power?
Despite the seeming incredulity of the military and USDP’s claims of fraud, there is reason to take the Tatmadaw’s insistence on the legitimacy of its constitutional claims seriously.
Paying bribes in Indonesia
A new survey looks beyond aggregated corruption indexes at how experiences of bribery and extortion in Indonesia differ from sector to sector.
Myanmar’s electoral management institutions: the challenges of monitoring
In 2020 the role of the Union Election Commission and election monitoring seems increasingly politicised.
Myanmar votes 2020: the COVID election
Myanmar must face its second competitive election in the context of a global recession and under the shadow of a ruthless pandemic.
Who will look after Lola during the pandemic?
Filipino grandmothers often bear the brunt of providing and caring for their families. The Duterte government's COVID-19 response overlooks them.
Fighting on two fronts: the women facing conflict and COVID-19 in Rakhine state
Women in Rakhine state are doubly jeopardised when the threat of COVID-19 intersects with war.
Why good women lose elections in Indonesia
Penelitian baru menunjuk bahwa sikap patriarkal dan institusi yang kurang ramah menghalangi suksesnya kandidat perempuan dalam pemilihan.
Securing the electoral success of women in Malaysia Baharu
Despite female politicians’ ambivalence about gender quotas, they remain an essential tool in making politics more representative.
Twin authoritarianisms in Myanmar
Myanmar's symbiotic civil-military authoritarianism is the root of its political failures and its ethnic tensions.