Southeast and East Asia
The Foundation's work in Southeast and East Asia is aimed to support political, economic, and social developments. On a regional level, this is realized in cooperation with our partners like the Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats (CALD), the Economic Network Asia (EFN), and the Working group for an ASEAN Human Rights Mechanism. We bring together like-minded individuals in the region to promote the liberal principles of individual freedom, social market economy, and the protection of human rights.
Women's Collective Leadership
The Beijing Platform for Action (BPfA) remains the global blueprint for the advancement of women’s human rights. This collectively derived environmental scan is a contribution towards renewing women’s collective leadership.
Practice Makes Perfect
There is a need to put forward a transformative agenda, which includes a re-politicization of a feminist process that practices an expanded and dynamic power analysis. It elevates feminist Leadership that refers to challenging the assumptions that masculinist leadership is essential, effective, and is the standard or norm. Female leadership is founded on values of reflexivity, care, and ethical concerns as prime.
A phenomenal song from a generation that speaks out
A song about breaking free from domestic violence, Born Free, earned the judges nod at the regional songwriting contest, Living Freedom. Composed by Aether, a group of young artists from Myanmar, Born Free was recognized for its authenticity – the relevance of the message given the rise of domestic abuse during the pandemic, and the heartfelt emotions expressed in the song.
In Asia, democracy is tested by coronavirus and China
In Southeast Asia, where democracy has been sliding back in a number of countries, leaders have used the pandemic to boost their authoritarian rule in the name of a state of emergency. They have restricted freedoms, tightened law enforcement, and abused their emergency powers. But citizens are pushing back, a silver lining in these bleak times.
Southeast Asia uses pandemic and spread of disinformation to restrict press freedom
The health crisis became an excuse to tighten restrictions on news coverage and harass journalists, sending chills to newsrooms in the region. This wave of repression came on top of authorities clamping down on ‘fake news,’ using the supposed spread of disinformation as a justification to attack the press.
Why EU and ASEAN won’t seem to get a Free Trade Agreement anytime soon
In times of turmoil in international relations, the European Union has to find new regional trade partners - and ASEAN is a potential candidate. But even though there have been several rounds of discussions, an agreement is nowhere in sight. The road to an FTA between EU and ASEAN is long and bumpy. What are the reasons?
Democracy means balance: Do not deny governments authority to deal with pandemic
Liberals and democrats must be careful not to be seen to be opposing the role of the state. There is a need for innovation and enterprise in pushing approaches that highlight the advantages of democratic norms and processes. These have been what successful democratic states have demonstrated.