Category: NEWS

The latest news and reports on Southeast Asia, from FORSEA Board Members and special guest writers.


Maung Zarni Addresses Online Forum as the Republic of Korea Celebrates the 40th Anniversary of its May 18 Democratisation Movement

S. Korea appears a rare success story, resulting in the establishment of UNESCO-recognised May 18 Democratisation Movement and Human Rights World Heritage Museum in Gwanju.

/ May 27, 2020

Plan to Drop Charges Against Najib Stepson Stokes Outrage in Malaysia

The controversy over Riza comes amidst great political uncertainty in Malaysia, with anybody’s guess how long the current prime minister Muhyiddin will remain in power.

/ May 20, 2020
Thai King robs his people

Why Thais are Losing Faith in the Monarchy

In his article in the The Washington Post, Pavin Chachavalpongpun, FORSEA’s director of multimedia, explains how the eroding power of Thailand's monarchy is growing ever more evident.

/ May 16, 2020

Southeast Asian Regimes Attack Democracy on the pretext of COVID-19

While COVID-19 continues to attack the population of this region, they also become targets of the state, as they demand transparency of information on the pandemic.

/ May 8, 2020

The Royalists Marketplace: The Supply and Demand for Dissent in Thailand

The Royalists Marketplace elevates political criticism, bringing it from underground to a screen, from gossip and rumour to open debate.

/ May 4, 2020

The SAGE Handbook of Global Sexualities

The Handbook represents a sustained effort to cover an array of topics, disciplines and geographical locations, reflecting the field in its time. It is characterized by its timely, controversial and plural approach to sexualities.

/ April 26, 2020
prevent the spread of the covid-19 virus At Hua Lamphong Railway Station

Contagion and the Thai State

Now, more than ever, Thailand needs free-flowing credible information, vigorous popular input into the policy-making process, and grassroots organisations to implement public health directives. Human resources need to be mobilised in a national effort to stave off disaster.

/ April 5, 2020

Regional Roundup: Asia Dares Covid Disaster

it is increasingly clear that disaster is possible for significant parts of the countries that make up 70 percent of Asia’s population unless authorities can find ways around it.

/ March 25, 2020

The Dark Horse in the Race: Muhyiddin Yassin and the Rise of ‘Old Malaysia’

it is highly likely that Muhyiddin will prioritize political survival over policy reforms. The reform agenda of the PH government will take a back seat to policies aimed at strengthening the Malay political and economic position. As such, we are...

/ March 5, 2020

Malaysia’s New Perikatan Nasional Government: A Return of Barisan Nasional Policies?

Barisan Nasional's leader Muhyiddin Yassin, spent most of his political career with BN and up to his removal in 2015 was Najib’s Deputy Prime Minister. Known as a stable establishment figure, he may be most comfortable executing the staid, time-tested...

/ March 2, 2020