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Wielding the purse strings of Southeast Asian civil society

Rosalia Sciortino 12/07/18

Shrinking space, shrinking resources As democracy experiences a global decline, and Southeast Asia oscillates between authoritarian endurance and democratic rollback, civil society in the region is facing a bleak future. Dictatorships and (...)

Ubérisation : des conséquences ambiguës pour le Sud

Cédric Leterme 04/07/18

On conçoit souvent, à raison, « l’ubérisation » du travail comme une forme de régression par rapport à l’emploi salarié classique. Mais dans les pays où celui-ci n’a jamais constitué la norme, ses conséquences peuvent se révéler plus ambiguës. C’est du moins (...)

The rise of populist authoritarianisms in Asia : Challenges for Peoples’ (...)

Herbert Docena 02/05/18

Unlike in countries that only began to become more closely integrated into the global economy in the early 1990s, and where one-party rule or military dictatorships are still being challenged by nascent pro-democracy forces (such as Cambodia and (...)

Old dominance, new dominos in Southeast Asia

Dan Slater 27/02/18

Not since World War II has liberal democracy, and the intergroup tolerance that sustains it, seemed so deeply endangered in so many places at once. For the first time in three quarters of a century, illiberalism and chauvinism have stolen the (...)

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 (...)

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