Southeast Asia

Stagnant Corruption Perception Index, Evidence of the Dilapidation of Corruption Eradication in Indonesia

President Jokowi's term of leadership is almost reaching the finish line. However, ironically, the fate of eradicating corruption in Indonesia is becoming increasingly worrying....

Phenomenon ‘Pork Barrel’ Politics in Indonesia

Recently, Indonesian people have been shocked by the film Dirty Vote, a masterpiece that provides the public with an understanding of the fraud that...

Indonesia’s Presidential election: Likely Impact on the Country’s External Relations

Indonesia’s presidential election will be held on Feb. 14, 2024 -- final campaign events by all three candidates were held on Feb. 10, 2024....

Thailand’s Fractured Refugee Landscape

Early this January, 18-year old Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun captured the world’s attention when she barricaded herself in a Thai hotel room after fleeing abuse...

Hun Sen Fears Civil Society Revolt in Cambodia

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen repeatedly lashed out at opponents last week in an attempt to respond to critics or potential rivals that could...

State of Southeast Asia: 2019 – Scepticism & Hope

A survey titled, " State of Southeast Asia: 2019"  by the Asean Studies Centre (conducted between November 18th and December 5, 2018, and released on January...

Three Catalysts for Thai Civil Society

In December, Thailand’s military junta lifted the ban on political activities in the country-- including as gatherings of over five people--ending some of the...

Four Critical Questions About Thailand’s Upcoming Election

In recent weeks, Thailand’s ruling military junta has taken a number of steps to host the country’s first election since 2014, with the Election...

Who Will Monitor Thailand’s Upcoming Election?

As Thailand’s 2019 election approaches, some in the country have begun to call for foreign observation of the country’s polls, scheduled for February 24....

POW Diplomacy Won’t Ease Tensions Between Cambodia and Washington

Cambodia’s Foreign Ministry has announced that it had offered to resume cooperation in an effort to search for remains of Americans killed during the...

EU Move to End Cambodia’s Free Trade Status Must Be Trigger for Democratic Change

European Union Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström announced on October 5 that the EU had started a review of Cambodia’s duty-free access to European markets,...

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