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Indonesia’s ‘new despotism’

  • Dr Airlangga Pribadi Kusman & Dr Milda Istiqomah,

The government of President Joko Widodo is manipulating the law to repress its opponents and undermine democracy.

The future of ‘Ghost Island’ and the enduring legacy of late President Lee Teng-hui

  • Dr Roger Lee Huang,

What Taiwan’s democracy means today is deeply connected to the actions of the late President Lee Teng-hui.

INTERVIEW: From Socialist China’s democracy movement to escalating military tensions

  • Professorial Fellow, Anne McLaren,

Over the last 50 years, China has experienced a tectonic shift from an impoverished nation with a significant democracy movement to global power with increasing political repression.

New forms of oppositional politics in Erdoğan’s Turkey

  • Dr Tezcan Gümüş & Iain MacGillivray ,

Turkey’s transformation into authoritarianism has been radical, but the political contest is far from over.

Pandemic politics in South Asia: Muslims and democracy

  • Associate Professor Matthew J. Nelson,

Leaders in India, Pakistan and Afghanistan may succeed in defeating COVID-19 only to discover they have killed their democracies in the process.