Mainland Southeast Asia: power, protest and participation

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 Victoria University of Wellington, NZ, Centre for Strategic Studies webinar

Tuesday 23 March 2021, 3 pm (NZST); Bangkok 9 am (23 March); Washington DC 9 pm (22 March)

Expected duration: 90 minutes maximum

The last few months have seen important and often contested political developments across mainland Southeast Asia: an unprecedentedly iconoclastic wave of mass protests in Thailand; a critical National Party Congress in Vietnam; and the overthrow of an elected government in Myanmar by the country’s military. Beyond the drama of the headlines, developments in all three countries demonstrate ongoing tensions between authoritarian regimes or forces and the rights of people to participate in, to protest and to exercise political power. That rulers and peoples in each country are acutely aware, hour-by-hour, of events in the other two states, is also now a part of that political landscape. The fate of these contests and debates are significant not just for the peoples of the three countries but for the rest of Southeast Asia and the wider region.

In this Centre for Strategic Studies webinar three expert scholars will contextualise developments in the three countries, followed by a discussant response, and Q&A.


Professor Thitinan Pongsudhirak, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand

Wai Wai Nu, Peace, Human Rights and Women Rights Advocate, Founder of Women's Peace Network, Myanmar

Nguyen Khac Giang, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

DISCUSSANT: Professor Natasha Hamilton-Hart, University of Auckland, New Zealand

CHAIR: Emeritus Professor Roberto Rabel, Centre for Strategic Studies, Victoria University of Wellington

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