Category: Featured

Featured articles from FORSEA contributors.


FORSEA’s statement on the arrest of Joshua Wong

The arrest of Joshua Wong resonates with what is going on elsewhere from like-minded political activists in Asia. Youths are protesting against authoritarianism in their own country, but are labelled as threat to national security and hence prosecuted.

/ September 25, 2020

After COVID: 10 Steps to Avert Global Financial Collapse

In the US and China, volatile stock markets, property bubbles, and unregulated shadow banking sectors could trigger the next global financial implosion. The COVID-19 pandemic offers an opportunity for reform.

/ September 24, 2020

Militaries in Politics: Thailand and the Philippines

Mesrob Vartavarian discusses the history of the militaries of both Thailand and the Philippines and explains how they became so deeply involved in their country's politics.

/ September 19, 2020

Nataphol Teepsuwan and Rugby School: A Conflict of Interest at the Education Ministry of Thailand

Here lies a problem. Nataphol’s ministerial position is undoubtedly a conflict of interest. He is running a private international school and at the same time heading the Ministry of Education, Thailand.

/ September 15, 2020
Melitia Stature East Timor FORSEA

Militias and Democratization in Southeast Asia

Militias have contributed to the making of illiberal societies and the militarization of subaltern social groups. If democracies are to truly thrive in Southeast Asia, they must do so without militias. 

/ September 12, 2020

Rethinking the K-pop industry’s silence during the Black Lives Matter movement

Socially conscious and politically outspoken American fans can nudge the K-pop industry to become more political, especially as K-pop aims to stay global.

/ September 4, 2020
Thailand Student Protest Democracy Monument

Burmese activists express solidarity with Thai student protestors

Over the years, thousands of Burmese dissidents have received support and space from Thai communities, politicians and even governments in Bangkok. They now call for solidarity protests across Southeast Asia in support of young Thai protesters on the streets of Bangkok.

/ August 29, 2020
Bangkok Thai Student Protests August 2020 FORSEA

Deep Dish: Thailand’s Youth Demand Democratic Reforms

Thai society needs to be able to speak openly now about the role of the monarchy. For decades, the Thai monarchy has dominated the Thai political space, firmly supported by the military.

/ August 28, 2020
Facebook blocks royalist marketplace in Thailand FORSEA

Facebook Cultivates Authoritarianism in Thailand: It blocks access to “Royalists Marketplace” group

The Royalists Marketplace stands for freedom of expression. Crude censorship from the Thai government crushes the freedoms that Thais are entitled to. In blocking the page, Facebook is cooperating with the authoritarian regime in obstructing democracy and cultivating authoritarianism in Thailand.

/ August 25, 2020
Duterte Blame Game FORSEA

Foreign powers, political elites, and ruling regimes enabled Duterte’s rise to power

It is time to stop scapegoating the Left for Duterte’s rise. Instead blame and fight the real culprits – foreign powers, political elites, previous regimes and their policies – and to forge stronger unities and intensify the struggle against the cronyist and dictatorial regime.

/ August 22, 2020