Gerard McDermott

From the editor: The spectre of digital authoritarianism for Southeast Asia

A new form of authoritarianism has emerged in Southeast Asia since the mid-2010s. Although varying in scope and intensity across the region’s defective democracies and military or one-party dominated regimes, significant and worrying developments related to surveillance, data collection, censorship, misinformation, and harassment can be observed across nearly all of Southeast Asia’s digital realms. Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in early-2020, authoritarian leaders have been provided with an opportunity to greatly enhance their ability to monitor, censor, and misinform their populations. The pandemic has provided justification for [...]


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KRSEA has achieved its new milestone both in terms of greater global reach and its continued promotion of indigenous languages of Southeast Asia. It is now time to celebrate our achievement with the launch of this book. At the Crossroads unravels a critical juncture in Southeast Asia, from 2017 to 2021, a juncture replete with changes, contestations and challenges facing the region, from different viewpoints: political, economic, social, and cultural. This time, we bring together all the English articles published from January 2017 to December 2020 into one volume.



The Chadchart Effect: Bangkok’s new Governor and his Affective Popularity with an “Army” of Fans

by Penchan Phoborisut in Issue 33

Amidst the political uncertainties and the deeply polarized politics in Thailand, Chadchart Sittipunt, 55, the former Transport Minister during the Yingluck Shinawatra government, received overwhelming support from Bangkok voters with over 1.4 million votes – the recording-breaking victory in the recent Bangkok gubernatorial election. The election last May was the [...]

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