Southeast and East Asia
The Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom (FNF) promotes democracy, human rights, economic freedom, and curbing climate change. In Southeast and East Asia, we have offices in Bangkok, Hanoi, Jakarta, Manila, Seoul, Taipei, and Yangon. We also work in Malaysia. The FNF regional team works with the Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats, the Working group for an ASEAN Human Rights Mechanism, the Asia Centre, and the ASEAN Prosperity Initiative, which is part of the Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs. Should you have questions or suggestions about our work, please contact us. You can also meet our team here.
Thai journalist in Israel: "It was very quiet and sad"
The October 7 Hamas terror incident extended the Middle East conflict to Thailand, claiming 39 lives and taking 32 hostages from the distant kingdom. Despite the risks, some Thais stay in Israel. Journalist Thapanee Eadsrichai, who interviewed victims' families, shares her impressions with freiheit.org. She expresses concern that the incident might incite anti-Muslim sentiments in Thailand.
Advancing ASEAN´s Regional Integration
Discover the latest "ASEAN Integration Report 2023" exploring the youth-centric priorities outlined in the AEC Blueprint 2025. Unveiling insights on Labour Mobility, TVET, MSMEs, and the Digital Economy, this report, a collaborative effort by the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom and IDEAS, paints a vivid picture of ASEAN's progress and challenges.
AI Frontlines: China’s PLA evolution vs. NATO's counterplay
This paper delves into the transformative strategies of China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) in integrating Artificial Intelligence (AI) within its maritime and aerial defenses, reflecting on the shift towards "intelligent warfare" as outlined in China's 2019 Defense White Paper.
Webinar: When Globalisation Meets Geopolitics in the Semiconductor Supply Chain
Join us for the online publication launch event as we unveil a deep dive into the global semiconductor industry's intricate supply chain dynamics. Date and Time: 2023/11/30 17:00-18:30 (GMT+8)
Thailand Talks 2023: Fostering Dialogue for a Resilient Society
Embark on a journey through the dynamic discussions and thought-provoking dialogues at Thailand Talks 2023, the Friedrich Naumann Foundation's flagship event. Dive into the diverse perspectives on issues ranging from marijuana legalization to the moral compass of politicians. Discover how this event transcends traditional boundaries, shaping a path towards a more united society.
Making Cities Smarter and Safer: Lessons from Korea and Japan
The Joint Symposium "Making Cities Smarter and Safer: Lessons from Korea and Japan", held in Seoul on November 2nd, 2023, brought together experts from Korea and Japan to delve into the complexities of smart city data governance. Through insightful presentations and lively discussions, the symposium provided a unique platform for knowledge exchange, highlighting the shared journey towards creating smarter and safer urban environments.
“Men earn respect much more easily”
Women face tough challenges in Korea’s business world. Start-up Entrepreneur Ara Goh, a partner of FNF Korea, is aiming for a change. Freiheit.org speaks with her about chauvinistic investors, Korea’s MeToo Movement and why she believes in Korea’s female leaders.