Southeast Asia Workshop
Democratic Backsliding in Southeast Asia?
Globally, democracy is said to be backsliding. What about in Southeast Asia? Can this concept capture political developments happening in the region? What are the characteristics, causes, and consequences of backsliding in various Southeast Asian countries? This two-day workshop addresses these questions by assembling eight papers on Southeast Asia.
Dates: Day 1 March 29 (Tuesday) / Day 2 March 30(Wednesday), 2022
Time: 9:00 -12:20 (Japan Standard Time)
Day 1 Mainland Southeast Asia (March 29)
Panel 1 Myanmar & Thailand (9:00 - 10:30) Opening remark: Netina Tan (McMaster University) Chair: Yuko Kasuya (Keio University) Social Media as Double-Edged Sword: The Evolution of Regime-Dissident Tactics in Post-Coup Myanmar Mai Van Tran (Univeristy of Copenhagen)/ Megan Ryan (University of Michigan) Crowd Sourcing Dictatorship in Thailand Aim Sinpeng (University of Sydney) Discussants Gerard McCarthy (National University of Singapore) Jacob Ricks (Singapore Management University) Panel 2 Cambodia & Vietnam (10:40 - 12:20) Chair: Netina Tan Cambodia’s Authoritarian Turn and New Repertoires of Control Kristy Ward (University of Sydney) Declining Opportunities for Speaking Out: The Impact of the New Politburo on Individual Freedom in Vietnam Mai Truong (University of Arizona) Discussants Caroline Hughes (University of Notre Dame) Nhu Truong (Denison University)
Day 2 Maritime Southeast Asia (March 30)
Panel 3 Indonesia & Philippines (9:00 - 10:30) Chair: Netina Tan Democratic Backsliding? Evidence from Texts in Indonesia Risa Toha (Yale-NUS)/ Cheryl Cosslett (Vriens & Partners) Democratic Backsliding in the Philippines: Are Voters Becoming Illiberal? Yuko Kasuya & Cleo Calimbahin (De La Salle University) Discussants Joel Selway (Brigham Young University) Aries Arugay (University of the Philippines) Panel 4 Malaysia & Singapore (10:40 -12:20) Chair: Yuko Kasuya Is Malaysian Democracy Backsliding, or Merely Staying Put? Meredith Weiss (State University of New York, Albany) Singapore’s Democratic Backsliding Netina Tan & Cassandra Preece (McMaster University) Discussants Walid Jumblatt Abdullah(Nanyang Technological University) Ian Chong (National University of Singapore) Closing remark: Yuko Kasuya
This event is co-organized by Yuko Kasuya and Netina Tan as a part of the V-Dem East Asia Regional Center’s activities and funded by the Suntory Foundation. For inquires, contact Yuko Kasuya (firstname.lastname@example.org)