For Asean at 50, the fate of democracy hangs on the failings of its strongman leaders

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Original languageEnglish
PublisherSouth China Morning Post
Publication statusPublished - 14 Dec 2017

Abstract

Mark R. Thompson says its brief foray into openness over, Asean appears to have returned to being a bloc of ‘strong leaders’, with democracies breaking down or becoming highly illiberal. Cronyism and incompetence among its strongmen is the only hope