So Few Democracies in Southeast Asia

Was authoritarian rule the inevitable outcome of decolonisation and the Cold War in which many of the region’s nation-states became independent?

Malysia’s Let’s Talk Programme asks three members of FORSEA; Tan Wah Piow, the 1970s Singapore student leader; Maung Zarni a UK-based Burmese scholar; and Pavin Chachavalpongpun, professor at the Center for Southeast Asian Studies at Kyoto University.

Let’s Talk with Sharaad Kuttan (Episode 130)

Is Democracy Just Another Word for Majoritarianism?

Has democracy often been interpreted as majoritarian rule and can democratization unleash populist forces that could undermine human rights and liberty?

Democratization – What Must Be Done?

Following the break-through General Elections in Malaysia last year, what must be done to protect democratic gains as well as extend them domestically and in the region?

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