No single trend -- neither retreat nor revival -- defines the direction of democracy in Asia. We recently have seen a military coup, followed by a ban on political activity in Thailand; in Hong Kong, the government in Beijing has remained intransigent, insisting on its version of universal suffrage; and in Burma, progress toward political reform seems to have stalled as critical elections approach, although constitutional reform remains a possibility.
senior associate and director of Asia programs
Peter M. Manikas is a senior associate and regional director for Asia programs at NDI. Previously, he was the Institute’s chief of party in Bangladesh, Cambodia, Indonesia and Malawi.