“Australian people-to-people engagement needs democracy”

On 2 June 2021, Asia Centre’s Directors James Gomez and Robin Ramcharan authored an op-ed for La Trobe University’s Asia Brief, ‘Australian people-to-people engagement needs democracy’. In the op-ed, the Centre Directors state that Australia should be doing more to help support the process of democratisation in Southeast Asia, rather than continuing to push their statist foreign policy approach, further entrenching the authoritarian elites. They outline the value of creating an Australian Democracy Foundation in pursuit of this new change.

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“Thailand protests while Australia watches from the sidelines”

On 25 May 2021, Asia Centre’s Yawee Butrkrawee gave his opinion on the lack of Australia’s engagement on civic space in Southeast Asia, titled “Thailand protests while Australia watches from the sidelines” for La Trobe University. In the article, he pointed to the organic, youth-led democratic movement as an example and urged Australia needs to do more to revamp its statist foreign policy.

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“Autocracy stymies study freedom”

On 10 May 2021, Asia Centre’s Dr. James Gomez oped “Autocracy Stymies Study Freedoms” was published in the Bangkok Post. In the article, Dr. Gomez argues that academic freedom alongside the press and internet freedoms must be considered together as a cluster of rights that contribute to democratic development. A negative impact on one will negatively affect the others.

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“Media gains reversed in Myanmar coup”

On 5 May 2021, Asia Centre’s Dr. James Gomez and Khin Mai Aung penned an oped for The Jakarta Post. In it, they discuss how press freedom in Myanmar has been diminished by the actions of the Military Junta. The authors argue that the junta’s actions have made the independent press another victim of the coup.

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“การแพร่ระบาดของโควิด -19 ทำให้เห็นถึงความไม่เท่าเทียมกันสำหรับคนชายขอบ”

On 18 April 2021, Transborder News (สำนักข่าวชายขอบ) published a translation of Asia Centre’s and Oxfam in Asia oped “Pandemic exposes inequalities for marginalised” in the Bangkok Post ”.

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“Pandemi Mengungkap Ketimpangan dalam Komunitas yang Terpinggirkan”

On 10 April 2021, Nussdo.com, an Indonesian portal for journalists and bloggers, published a Bahasa translation of Asia Centre’s and Oxfam in Asia oped “Pandemic exposes inequalities for marginalised” in the Bangkok Post ”. The translation was done by Wisnu T Hanggoro, Director of The Tamborae Institute, who was one of the judges of the Journalism for an Equitable Asia Award.

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“Pandemic exposes inequalities for marginalised”

On 31 March 2021, Asia Centre’s Dr. James Gomez and Oxfam in Asia’s Mustafa Talpur’s op-ed “Pandemic exposes inequalities for marginalised” was published by Bangkok Post. In the op-ed, the authors highlight that the COVID-19 pandemic has sharpened inequality among marginalised communities in Asia. The oped is based on the entries of the top ten finalists in the 2020-2021 Journalism for an Equitable Asia Award.

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“Lawlessness threatens to plunge Myanmar into protracted civil war”

On 23 March 2021, Asia Centre’s Dr. Robin Ramcharan penned an oped for the East Asia Forum. In the oped, he discusses the issue of lawlessness of the military junta in Myanmar. Dr. Ramcharan outlines the solutions and approach needed to address the situation and to avoid the risk of the country plunging into civil war.

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“Myanmar’s digital regime foreshadows SE Asia”

On 15 March 2021, Asia Centre’s Dr. James Gomez and Khin Mai Aung penned an op-ed for Bangkok Post. In the op-ed, the authors discuss how the Junta’s blocking of the internet and media holds consequences for Southeast Asia. The authors argue that the tactics deployed by the junta during the coup do not bode well for the region.

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“Myanmar’s troubles signal erosion of democracy in Southeast Asia”

On 3 February 2021, Asia Centre’s Dr. James Gomez and Khin Mai Aung penned an op-ed for the Jakarta Post. In the op-ed, the authors argue that the coup in Myanmar is a sign of democracy’s regression in Southeast Asia. COVID-19 is increasingly being used by authoritarian regimes as an excuse to move against democratic gains acquired by political opponents.

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“COVID-19 eroding electoral democracy in Southeast Asia”

On 10 January, Asia Centre’s Dr. James Gomez and Khin Mai Aung wrote an oped for Mizzima News on COVID-19’s impact on Southeast Asia’s electoral democracy. They noted that governments across the region have used the pandemic as an excuse to call off parliament sittings, manipulate the timing of elections to their advantage or declare emergency rule. The article was published in Myanmar 3 weeks before the coup.

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