Category: NEWS

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


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FORSEA Dialogue on Democratic Movements across Southeast Asia

Thongchai Winichakul, one of the world's best known scholars on Thailand and Southeast Asia and a prominent student leader from the 1976 Democratic Uprisings at Thammasat University in Bangkok will offer a historical overview of Thai people's struggles for democracy and freedom.

/ November 23, 2020

Myanmar’s Election: NLD Seems to Win Sizable Victory

If the NLD does win by an even larger margin than in 2015, and the military-aligned Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) does worse—the NLD would potentially have the opportunity to follow through on promised reforms that would reduce the power of the armed forces, the dominant institution in Myanmar.

/ November 10, 2020

The Thai King Sends Messages Presaging Conflict in Thailand

Three months have passed and the protests in Thailand have intensified. One of the main messages of the demonstrations has become clear—the protesters believe the monarchy is in need of immediate reform. In just three months, Thais have repeatedly stretched the boundaries of what is acceptable to discuss in public—and at large gatherings—regarding the monarchy.

/ October 29, 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
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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
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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

The Milk Tea Alliance: How Thailand, Taiwan, and Hong Kong are supporting each other’s fight for democracy

With the world in shambles and leadership severely lacking, young people are proving that they are not afraid to fight for a better future and to stand together throughout this process. That is the true power and potential of this Milk Tea Alliance.

/ August 20, 2020
FORSEA Pavin Chachavalpongpun Monday August 10, 2020, Thammasat University student protests

FORSEA prominent at Thai Protests for Reform of the Monarchy

Pavin Chachavalpongpun, FORSEA’s co-founder, sent his message to the large gathering of Thammasat University students, Bangkok, August 10, 2020, supporting them in their endeavour to bring discussion of the monarchy into the open.

/ August 11, 2020

Upcoming FORSEA podcast series: “Dissenting Voices Across Southeast Asia”

The goals of this series is to provide a space outside of face-to-face debates and unilateral exposes for deeper discussions about major challenges facing human security in the region and obstacles to democracy and free expression.

/ August 2, 2020
Student protests Bangkok Royalist Marketplace

Thai Royalists Must Change Tactics in Dealing with Free Speech

After printing "I'm losing faith in the monarchy" on a tee shirt, a critic of the monarchy was locked in a mental asylum. Not surprisingly, it did little to reassure Thais that authorities were acting in their best interests.

/ July 24, 2020