From long-established democracies like India to newer ones like Indonesia, deep-seated sociopolitical divisions have become increasingly inflamed in recent years, fueling democratic erosion and societal discord.
Sitting on China’s doorstep, Southeast Asia initially seemed especially vulnerable but is so far coping comparatively well with the coronavirus pandemic. Yet this resilience—long a hallmark of the region’s politics—comes with some grim downsides.
Other countries have used laws like the Philippines’ new antiterrorism bill to jail protesters, journalists, and opposition politicians en masse. To save Filipino democracy, governments around the world must speak out before July 9 and stay vigilant going forward.
A Philippine American journalist has been convicted of “cyber libel.” The troubling case should ring alarm bells in the West too.
A successful coronavirus response and liberalized trade policies have given Vietnam a production boost, but its demographics and import dependence will limit its gains from a reshuffled supply chain.
Government responses to the coronavirus are disrupting civil society around the world. But the pandemic is also catalyzing new forms of civic activism. Members of Carnegie’s Civic Research Network share their insights.
Indonesia’s coronavirus response has been set back by misplaced priorities and a distrust of data. Without a course correction, the country could pay steep long-term costs.
Seen from Paris, Australia’s strategic importance is still predominantly a function of its role in the Pacific Ocean. Its military presence in the Indian Ocean has for a long time been limited to the north-east, with a primary focus on the stability of Southeast Asia and access denial to Australia.
Carnegie President Bill Burns will host Chef Andrés for a wide-ranging and timely conversation, part of The Morton and Sheppie Abramowitz Lecture Series.
A planned electoral overhaul in Indonesia will reverse democratic gains.