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Liberalism and Its Discontents in Southeast Asia

  • NYU Wagner, The Rudin Family Forum for Civic Dialogue (map)

Liberalism and populism have been pitted against each other in Southeast Asia in both political discourse and day-to-day political contestation. This roundtable offers a rare opportunity to explore the patterns of commonality and difference within and across Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar and the Philippines.


  • Associate Prof. Dr Faisal S. Hazis is a Senior Fellow at the Institute of Malaysian and International Studies, and his research interestsinclude electoral politics, democratisation and rural informatics.

  • Lisandro Claudio, Associate Professor of Political Science at Ateneo De Manila University, has just published a book on the history of liberalism in the Philippines. 

  • Elliott Prasse-Freeman, a PhD student at Yale University, is focusing on Myanmar and the role right-wing social movements have played in ratifying the state’s recent ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya.

  • Marcus Mietzner, Associate Professor at the Australian National University’s College of Asia and the Pacific, is a scholar of Indonesian politics and has written extensively on the Indonesian military and the struggle to build democratic politics. 

  • Sandra Hamid, The Asia Foundation's Country Representative to Indonesia, is a cultural anthropologist and development specialist focusing on political participation and civil society.  

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Hosted by NYSEAN.