|Tuesday, February 26, 2019||3:00PM - 5:00PM||208N, North House, 1 Devonshire Place|
From the rise of Rodrigo Duterte in the Philippines to Myanmar’s military dictatorship, Southeast Asia is home to several fascinating cases of authoritarianism and populism. Efforts to combat corruption and drug trafficking have become authoritarian mechanisms through which to crack down on dissent and tighten the state’s stronghold on civil societies. Do such observations point to a recent resurgence of historical trends, or are we witnessing new forms of populism and authoritarianism in the 21st century? What are the political and socio-economic factors that give rise to and sustain populism in Southeast Asia? How is authoritarianism in Southeast Asia different from, or similar to, centralized governance in other parts of the world?
We are honoured and excited to welcome three distinguished panelists to our event:
Professor Arne Kislenko (Associate Professor of History, Ryerson University; Trinity College, University of Toronto) will discuss the regression in Thailand witnessed with the return of military government and a new king. He will also speak to the entrenchment of authoritarianism in Laos, Cambodia, and Myanmar/Burma. Our second panelist Petra Molnar (Research Associate. International Human Rights Program, University of Toronto Faculty of Law) will be discussing her fact-finding trip to the Philippines in 2018, the impacts of the drug war, and more generally about human rights advocacy. Our third panelist, Irene Poetranto (PhD candidate, Department of Political Science & Research at the Citizen Lab) will be commenting on the digital/cyber component of populism and authoritarianism, for example, Duterte’s use of social media.
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