Columbia International Affairs Online: Working Papers

CIAO DATE: 09/2014

Southeast Asia's Regression From Democracy and Its Implications

Joshua Kurlantzick

May 2014

Council on Foreign Relations


Since the late 2000s, Southeast Asia's democratization has stalled and, in some of the region's most economically and strategically important nations, gone into reverse. The region's rollback from democracy reflects a worrying global retrenchment toward anti-democratic political change, with significant implications for freedom, health, and prosperity locally and consequences for U.S. interests around the world.