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Rethinking Southeast Asian civil society

Kevin Hewison 06/11/17

In the mid-1990s, there was a lot of enthusiasm for non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and the expansion of civil society in Southeast Asia. At the time, there was an efflorescence of activism as activists campaigned against trade agreements, (...)

Civil society across Asia is flowering but fragile

Jeff Kingston 05/10/17

The proliferation of civil society organizations (CSOs) throughout Asia is having a significant impact on relations between the state and citizens, on the institutions of the state and on prevailing norms and values. At a recent conference (...)

Controversial Hindu priest chosen as Uttar Pradesh chief minister

Manjari Katju 22/03/17

Yogi Adityanath’s appointment as CM cements the relation between religion and the state under the BJP Yogi Adityanath, the new Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, is a well-known figure in the State. He made headlines in the past with his fiery (...)

Bay of Bengal : depleted fish stocks and huge dead zone signal tipping (...)

Aaron Savio Lobo, Amitav Ghosh 02/02/17

he Bay of Bengal’s basin contains some of the most populous regions of the earth. No less than a quarter of the world’s population is concentrated in the eight countries that border the bay. Approximately 200 million people live along the Bay of (...)

The Hidden Costs of RCEP and Corporate Trade Deals in Asia

Cecilia Olivet , Kat Moore, Natacha Cingotti, Sam Cossar-Gilbert 19/01/17

The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) is currently being negotiated between 16 countries in the Asian region. It includes China, members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and other key trading nations such as (...)

Cambodia gets an autocratic upgrade in 2016

Kheang Un 30/12/16

Developments in politics, economics and foreign relations in 2016 indicate that the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) is further consolidating power. The CPP is pursuing a triangular strategy of weakening the opposition, undertaking meaningful (...)

Asia : When Murder and Abuse Become Systemic

Alina Carrillo, Shalmali Guttal 13/09/16

It was Sunday morning on the 10th of July in the Caltex coffee shop in Phnom Penh, a place where many locals went to start their day. In a few moments a crowd would rush in with utter disbelief and heavy hearts. What they would find has shocked (...)

How Southeast Asia’s biggest drug lord used shell companies to become a jade (...)

Mike Davis 18/02/16

Southeast Asia’s most notorious narcotics trafficker has become one of the most powerful figures in the country’s corrupt, abusive jade business, a new Global Witness report reveals today. Building on Global Witness’ explosive recent reporting, (...)

Land Grab : the struggle continues


This publication compiles land grab cases documented in Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan, and Philippines. The cases highlight how farmers, women, and indigenous peoples have been displaced from their lands ; and how (...)

Intellectuels critiques en Chine

Martine Bulard 04/03/15

Et si le débat politique en Chine était bien plus vif qu’on ne le croit en Occident ? Et si la question de la démocratie ne préoccupait pas seulement ceux que l’on appelle les « dissidents », fort médiatisés, mais aussi de nombreux intellectuels ayant (...)

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