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February 22, 2021

Southeast Asia
Myanmar: Optimism and Fear

Over the weekend, and into Monday Myanmar time, the situation in the country continues to disintegrate. Although the civil disobedience movement continues to show its strength, with large demonstrati…

Demonstrators rally to protest against the military coup in Yangon, Myanmar, on February 22, 2021.

February 12, 2021

Southeast Asia
The Regional Implications of Myanmar’s Coup

The coup in Myanmar in early February, the country’s first in more than three decades, has reshaped Myanmar’s political landscape. The country had been on a shaky path toward some kind of democracy, …

Myanmar Commander in Chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing salutes as he attends an event marking the anniversary of Martyrs' Day at the Martyrs' Mausoleum in Yangon on July 19, 2016.

February 12, 2021

Southeast Asia
After Trump: Lessons From Other Post-Populist Democracies

Over the past decade, illiberal populist leaders from across the political spectrum have won elections and taken power in many of the world’s biggest democracies, from the United States to India, the…

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte checks the scope of a 7.62mm sniper rifle during the turnover ceremony of China's urgent military assistance given "gratis" to the Philippines, at Clark Air Base, near Angeles City, Philippines, on June 28, 2017.

February 12, 2021

Southeast Asia
Myanmar’s Coup: Regional Implications

The coup last week in Myanmar, the country’s first in over three decades, has reshaped Myanmar’s political landscape. The country had seemed on a shaky path toward some kind of democracy, following t…

Myanmar's military junta leader, General Min Aung Hlaing, speaks in a media broadcast in Naypyidaw, Myanmar, on February 8, 2021 in this still image taken from video.

February 10, 2021

Southeast Asia
Can Democracy Rebound After an Illiberal Populist?

Over the past decade, illiberal populist leaders from across the political spectrum have won elections and taken power in many of the world’s biggest democracies. Once in office, they have often unde…

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte checks the scope of a 7.62mm sniper rifle during the turnover ceremony of China's urgent military assistance given "gratis" to the Philippines, at Clark Air Base, near Angeles City, Philippines, on June 28, 2017.

February 9, 2021

Myanmar
Myanmar’s Troubled History: Coups, Military Rule, and Ethnic Conflict

The military’s recent coup and ongoing violent campaign against the Rohingya minority group have dashed hopes for democratic progress in Myanmar.

A person in a crowd of protesters holds up an image of Myanmar General Min Aung Hliang with a red x drawn over the general's face.

February 4, 2021

Southeast Asia
Myanmar’s Coup Emblematic of Regional Democracy Failures

Myanmar’s coup is a disaster for Myanmar, but it also is a signifier of the continuing regression of democracy region-wide in Southeast Asia. The region, which once had made significant progress towa…

Police stand guard as they wait for protests against coup in Yangon, Myanmar, on February 4, 2021.

February 2, 2021

Philippines
Guest Event: Screening and Discussion of "A Thousand Cuts"

Panelists discuss the regression of democracy and rights in Southeast Asia, with a particular look at the Philippines under President Rodrigo Duterte. A Thousand Cuts follows renowned journalist Mari…

Play Philippines under President Rodrigo Duterte

February 1, 2021

Southeast Asia
Aftershocks of Myanmar’s Coup: Policy Options

In responding to the Monday coup in Myanmar, which has clearly put the military in power for an indefinite period of time, the United States and many other outside actors do not have a wide range of …

Soldiers stand guard at a Myanmar's military checkpoint on the way to the congress compound in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, on February 1, 2021.

February 1, 2021

Southeast Asia
Myanmar’s Coup: The Aftershocks

On Monday morning Myanmar time, the Myanmar military staged a coup, its first coup since 1988, but hardly unique in Myanmar’s modern history. This coup bore all the hallmarks of previous military tak…

Myanmar's military checkpoint is seen on the way to the congress compound in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, on February 1, 2021.