Mesrob Vartavarian discusses militias and democratization in Southeast Asia
Militias are often seen as antithetical to the very notion of democratic governance. However, Thailand, Indonesia, and the Philippines have all made extensive use of militias during democratic transitions.
These organizations have contributed to the making of illiberal societies and the militarization of subaltern social groups. If democracies are to truly thrive in the region they must do so without militias.
Militias and Democratization of Thailand: https://youtu.be/DUWiuDs2PHQ?t=86
Militias in Indonesia: https://youtu.be/DUWiuDs2PHQ?t=507
Militias and Democratization in the Philippines: https://youtu.be/DUWiuDs2PHQ?t=803
Summary: Why Study Militias? https://youtu.be/DUWiuDs2PHQ?t=1197
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