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May 8, 2019

Southeast Asia
The Impact of the Coronation of King Vajiralongkorn

By Pavin Chachavalpongpun and Joshua Kurlantzick The coronation of King Vajiralongkorn of Thailand, held last weekend, was the first crowning of a Thai sovereign since that of his father, the late…

Vajiralongkorn_5.5.2019

April 29, 2019

Southeast Asia
Thailand’s Anti-junta Coalition Has a Weak Hand—and It’s Going to Get Weaker

Although it has been more than a month since Thailand’s elections, the actual outcome remains uncertain. The final count of seats in the lower house of parliament is still unclear, since the election…

Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit_4.6.2019

April 17, 2019

Southeast Asia
What Might Jokowi Do After (Apparent) Victory?

Incumbent Indonesian president Joko Widodo, or Jokowi, appears to have handily won a second term in Indonesia’s presidential elections this week. Although the final, confirmed results will not be ava…

Jokowi_4.17.2019

April 15, 2019

Southeast Asia
Jokowi’s First Term: An Assessment

This week, Indonesians will go to the polls in the country’s presidential elections. Incumbent Joko Widodo, or Jokowi, remains a strong favorite, against challenger Prabowo Subianto. Most surveys sho…

Jokowi_4.9.2019

April 12, 2019

Southeast Asia
The Continued Power of Militaries in an Increasingly Autocratic World

Three events this week served as a reminder that, in a world where democracy is buffeted on many fronts—the rise of populists who often undermine the rule of law, a growing disinterest in democracy p…

Prabowo_4.10.2019

April 3, 2019

Southeast Asia
The State of Global Democracy Today is Even Worse Than It Looks: V-Dem’s New Democracy Research

It has become accepted, among most experts on democracy, and among policymakers, that democracy worldwide is in increasing peril. This year’s Freedom in the World annual report on the state of democr…

parthenon_3.30.2019

April 1, 2019

Southeast Asia
Thailand’s Elections Foreshadow a New Divide, But Don’t Heal Old Ones Either

In Thailand’s elections on March 24, the military’s proxy party, Palang Pracharat, did better than pre-election surveys had indicated. Palang Pracharat appears to have enough seats combined in the el…

Thailand elections_3.24.2019

March 20, 2019

Southeast Asia
Indonesia’s Election: Drift in the Most Important State in Southeast Asia

Indonesia, the biggest economy in Southeast Asia and long the dominant strategic actor, is a country whose bilateral relationship with the United States has historically underperformed its potential…

Prabowo_2.17.2019

March 18, 2019

Southeast Asia
Five Eyes Intelligence Sharing Has Failed to Combat White Nationalist Terrorism

By Van Jackson New Zealand may appear to be a paradise in the Pacific, but it is afflicted by many of the problems facing other liberal democracies, such as a rising suicide rate and deep socioeco…

Jacinda Ardern_3.15.2019

March 15, 2019

Southeast Asia
Potential Scenarios in Thailand’s Election

With a week left before Thailand’s first national elections in eight years, the kingdom looks unlikely to resolve its political tensions, no matter the result of the vote. Instead, Thailand seems des…

Prayuth_3.13.2019