May 29, 2014

New report on Southeast Asia's democracy by CFR's Joshua Kurlantzick

Joshua Kurlantzick, Senior Fellow for Southeast Asia in Council on Foreign Relations, just released a report mainly discuss about how democracy in Southeast Asia is "stagnated" in recent year.

He argued the current situation is a result of a combination of factors, including elected autocrats who used their power to crush their opponents after they were elected, failure of governance of elected administration and the lack of democracy in the region.

He argues:

Political regression has also contributed to serious internal conflict in Southeast Asia. Overall, numerous studies of political regimes and conflict have shown that hybrid or authoritarian governments are more likely to face prolonged internal conflict or even civil war than democracies. They are more likely to face these conflicts because authoritarian regimes are inherently unstable, prove poor negotiating partners for insurgent groups, and usually are reluctant to make the kind of political and economic compromises that are often necessary to resolve insurgencies.

To read the full report:
Southeast Asias Regression From Democracy and Its Implications


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