Cambodia’s Transition to Hegemonic Authoritarianism

Article
January 2019

A crackdown on the opposition, followed by sham parliamentary elections in July 2018, has deepened and extended the decades-long personalist dictatorship of Hun Sen.

The Downfall of Malaysia’s Ruling Party

Article
October 2018

In Malaysia’s May 2018 general election, a grand bargain between ex–prime minister Mahathir Mohamad and reform leader Anwar Ibrahim produced a political earthquake that ended 61 years of rule by the United Malays National Organization (UMNO).

China in Xi’s “New Era”: Singapore and Goliath?

Article
April 2018

Despite its tiny size, Singapore has shown that a firm stance can help to resist Chinese encroachment. 

Timor-Leste Votes: Parties and Patronage

Article
January 2018

In July 2017, Timor-Leste held its third parliamentary elections since independence. The party-centered campaign featured both enduring legacies of the revolutionary struggle and a distinct form of political patronage.

The Rise of Kleptocracy: Malaysia’s Missing Billions

Article
January 2018

One of the world’s worst public-corruption scandals shows how a lax international financial system enables massive graft in developing countries.

Burma: Suu Kyi’s Missteps

Article
January 2018

Despite high hopes for progress toward democracy, the military’s power remains stubbornly entrenched, while Aung San Suu Kyi seems to lack the skills to run the government effectively.

Southeast Asia: Voting Against Disorder

Article
April 2017

Rodrigo Duterte’s rise to the presidency of the Philippines reflects a broader trend in Southeast Asia of voters favoring politicians who elevate order above law. What does the history of “voting against disorder” in Indonesia and Thailand imply for the future of democracy in the Philippines?

The Vote in the Philippines: Electing A Strongman

Article
October 2016

The surprise victory of Rodrigo Duterte in the Philippines’ May 2016 presidential election represents a major shift in the liberal-democratic
regime established thirty years ago after the “people power” revolution.

Burma Votes for Change: The New Configuration of Power

Article
April 2016
Even though Burma’s military seems to have accepted the NLD’s stunning election victory, it can still use an array of constitutional provisions to hamstring the incoming NLD government.

Burma Votes for Change: The Challenges Ahead

Article
April 2016

Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy swept Burma’s November 2015 elections. Will the new NLD-led government be able to live up to high expectations that it will deliver better governance, national reconciliation, and some form of federalism?

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