Category: Opinion

The latest opinion from those committed to making our region fair, just and democratic.


Can Thailand Recover from Persistent Dictatorship?

Thailand was once the hope of democracy in Southeast Asia. Two coups and two constitutions later and opposition nearly suppressed into extinction, the Bangkok elite have dragged Thailand back to something akin to absolutism. Is there any chance for democracy in Thailand? There are indications in Thailand’s Northeast, or Isaan, that networks may be able to come together in a progressive alliance.

/ March 9, 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 likely to see a return to the 'Old Malaysia' days of BN.

/ 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 staple of policies that allowed Barisan to survive for more than 50 years since independence.

/ March 2, 2020

Siam Patched: A Potential Solution to Thailand’s Current Political Impasse

The royalist establishment must allow reformist elements in civil society to take part in the governing process without fear. If not, they risk more later.

/ February 27, 2020
Future Forward Party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit at Rally

FORSEA ประณามการยุบพรรคอนาคตใหม่ ชี้ถึงความถดถอยของประชาธิปไตยไทย

คำตัดสินของศาลรัฐธรรมนูญจะส่งผลกระทบอย่างมากต่อการเมืองไทยในระยะสั้นและระยะยาว มันทำให้เกิดคำถามถึงเรื่องความเชื่อมั่นของประชาชนต่อระบบการเลือกตั้ง คำถามว่าเสียงของผู้มีสิทธิเลือกตั้งจำนวนหกล้านคนที่เลือกพรรคอนาคตใหม่นั้น ไร้ความหมายทางการเมืองของไทยหรือไม่ 

/ February 22, 2020

FORSEA Condemns the Dissolution of the Future Forward Party: A Setback for Thai Democracy

The Future Forward Party was a threat to the Thai traditional power holders, so it was eradicated by Thailand's Constitutional Court.

/ February 22, 2020
Limited Democracy Philippines

Limited Democracy: Elites and Subalterns in Contemporary Philippine Politics

Decades of elite-initiated societal fragmentation have made it far more difficult to mount a coherent progressive challenge to the Philippines’ predatory politics.

/ February 15, 2020
FORSEA says Act Now ASEAN

What does the Myanmar Provisional Measures Order by the International Court of Justice mean for ASEAN?

It is long overdue for ASEAN to sync its policies towards Myanmar with international opinion, legal and human rights, and the global public.

/ February 12, 2020
Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh Rohingya Refugees FORSEA

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) and the Rohingyas

The world should NOW use the ICJ’s stand to mount a massive global campaign on behalf of the oppressed and discriminated Rohingya.

/ January 27, 2020
Aung San Suu Kyi at the International Court of Justice KRSEA

“Why Myanmar’s Genocide Denial Will Come Back to Haunt It”, Washington Post, Jan. 15, 2020

The ICJ has announced that it will issue a preliminary judgment in the case on Jan. 23, 2020. Yet one outcome is already clear: Aung San Suu Kyi’s defiant genocide denial generated an outpouring of approval back home. This is chilling not only for the Rohingya and other Muslims inside the country, it is also extremely dangerous for the multiethnic and multi-religious state of Myanmar as a whole.

/ January 16, 2020