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Thailand Unsettled : The Military

Puangthong Pawakapan 07/09/18

You begin your recent article on ISOC by referencing concepts such as “the deep state” and “the network monarchy”. Duncan McCargo has now stated that the concept of “network monarchy” may no longer define the situation today. So I’d like to ask, in (...)

Duterte 2 Years on : Destructive, Divisive, and Despotic


When Rodrigo Duterte won the presidency in 2016, some even among the left toyed early on with the idea that a “maverick” president could just be what the country needed to stir things up, and jolt us from almost 30 years of elite-dominated rule. (...)

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 (...)

Turkey’s Nationalist Agenda for Seizing Cultural Hegemony

N. Ekrem Düzen 05/07/18

Waging a Cultural War A seventy-year-old monumental cultural center at the heart of Istanbul is being torn down while a new mosque is hastily being erected directly across from it. The president of Turkey celebrated the bulldozing of the (...)

Thailand Junta’s Constitutional Masterpiece

Pithaya Pookaman 20/06/18

The Thai Constitution of 2017 which was promulgated on April 6, 2017 is a proud product of the Thai military junta, officially misnamed the National Council for Peace and Order, which usurped power from the democratically elected government in (...)

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 (...)

Tunisie. Vers l’enterrement des années sombres de la dictature

Thierry Brésillon 30/04/18

Fin mars 2018, les députés tunisiens ont refusé de prolonger le mandat de l’Instance vérité et dignité. Ainsi, les forces politiques unies cherchent à en finir avec la justice transitionnelle qui a dû se déployer dans un environnement hostile. Mais le (...)

Violente crise de régime : « Douleur Venezuela »

Maristella Svampa 19/04/18

Le Venezuela suscite un sentiment ambivalent, de proximité et de distance à la fois. Le sentiment de proximité quant à ce qui se passe dans les tréfonds de la société : l’ampleur dévastatrice de la crise sociale et humanitaire ; l’effort titanesque (...)

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 (...)

Venezuela : bulletins, embrouilles et paradoxes

Marc Saint-Upéry , Pablo Stefanoni 09/11/17

Le résultat des élections régionales au Venezuela a surpris plus d’un observateur, y compris dans les rangs du chavisme. Pour essayer d’y voir plus clair, nous proposons un entretien en profondeur avec un des analystes les plus écoutés de la gauche (...)

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