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December 8, 2017

Southeast Asia
Hun Sen_11.8.2017 The Trump Administration Takes Action Against the Hun Sen Government

Over the past year, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen and his ruling party have gone from simply repressing civil society and opposition parties to taking steps that are creating a fully authoritarian…

October 31, 2014

Cambodia
hun sen Hun Sen’s Cambodia: A Review

Although the Vietnam War, including the “sideshow” war in Cambodia, has been the subject of thousands of books, post-war Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos have gotten relatively little treatment from Weste…

January 16, 2018

Southeast Asia
Prayuth cutout_1.9.2018 Southeast Asia’s Press Freedoms Collapse: 2018 Could Be Worse for Southeast Asian Democracy Than 2017

As I noted late last year, 2017 was a disastrous year for democracy in Southeast Asia. Democratic rights and freedoms already have been in decline in Southeast Asia for more than a decade, but 2017 w…

December 28, 2017

Southeast Asia
Hun Sen_12.3.2017 Events in Southeast Asia to Watch in 2018

Part One Southeast Asia, like many parts of the world, had a turbulent 2017, with many of the biggest challenges related to a rollback in rights and democracy, and the strength of populism in the …

December 1, 2017

Cambodia
Hun Sen_11.9.2017 Cambodia’s Crackdown and U.S. Policy

Over the last year, Cambodia’s ruling party, the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP), has dramatically increased its pressure on its political opponents and civil society. Democracy in Cambodia has always…

December 8, 2017

Elections and Voting
Elections 2018 Ten Elections to Watch in 2018

Millions of people around the world voted in elections this year. The French elected Emmanuel Macron president, while South Koreans elected Moon Jae-in president. Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani won …

November 13, 2017

Philippines
Trump-Duterte_11.12.2017 Trump's Visit to the Philippines: A Budding Bromance but Few Positive Outcomes

Part One The meeting between U.S. President Donald J. Trump and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte was highly anticipated, and—for theater—the two leaders did not disappoint. The two leaders hav…

October 27, 2017

Southeast Asia
Trump-Prayuth-10.2.2017 Southeast Asia’s Democratic Backsliding in the Age of “America First”

Southeast Asia’s democratic regression has taken a dramatic turn for the worse in the past few years. In Thailand, the military junta, which seized power in 2014 from an elected government, oversaw t…

October 27, 2017

Southeast Asia
Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha shakes hands with U.S. President Donald J. Trump in Washington, D.C., October 2, 2017. Southeast Asia’s Democratic Decline in the America First Era

President Trump appears little troubled by the sharp democratic decline in Southeast Asia, but the rise of authoritarianism could hurt U.S. interests in the region.

October 10, 2017

Cambodia
Hun Sen_6.28.2017 Cambodia Draws Closer to Outright Authoritarianism

For decades, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, the longest-serving nonroyal ruler in Asia, has played a delicate political game. While using a wide range of tactics—co-option of opposition party lead…