Category: Thailand

Polarization a key factor in democracy’s ‘alarming’ decline

     

The latest Freedom in the World report – compiled by more than 100 experts and drawing on data from 209 countries – describes an “ominous” global erosion of democratic values… Read more »

32-hour hackathon marks World Day Against Trafficking in Persons

     

University students in Colombia are preparing for a 32-hour hackathon where they will create apps to tackle human trafficking in the country, Reuters reports: The World Labour Organization estimates that 21… Read more »

Generative adversarial networks: how fake news fuels authoritarians

     

The erosion of democratic norms in the advanced liberal democracies has given autocratic leaders the green light to do the same, reports suggest. “Fake news is being used as a… Read more »

Southeast Asia’s ’emboldened’ strongmen look to China in setback to democracy

     

Chinese leaders have long sought to present themselves as equals to American presidents. Xi Jinping has wanted something more: a special relationship that sets China apart, as the other great… Read more »

Rejecting ‘Western’ democracy, China’s Xi consolidates power with new ideology

     

  China’s President Xi Jinping has created his own political ideology, in a step towards entrenching his position at the top of the Communist Party. Top officials have made multiple… Read more »

Asian democracy: glass half-full or half-empty?

     

  Many observers been assuming that China’s rise is loading the dice against democracy in Asia and is part of a global authoritarian resurgence, notes Maiko Ichihara, an associate professor at… Read more »

Asian democrats can help fill vacuum on democratic renewal

     

It is too early to know if the current democratic recession represents a blip or something more malignant, says a leading expert. “But the recession is certainly deepening,” Stanford University’s… Read more »

Extremism-fueled strategic instability threatens Asia’s democracies

     

Asia’s democracies are threatened by a growing source of strategic instability at the sub-state level, as increasing religiosity and extremist ideologies gain momentum in the national consciousness of several countries in… Read more »

After the Miracle: The End of the Asian Century?

     

  East Timor is voting for a new president in an election that will test Asia‘s newest and poorest nation, VOA reports. Meanwhile, Cambodia’s ongoing crackdown against opposition politicians and… Read more »