Arab spring and Southeast Asian autumn?

On the sidelines of this major geopolitical shift have been a range of “other” popular uprisings against, and challenges to, repressive and authoritarian regimes in Asia. The Saffron Revolution in Burma is slowly moving along and the short-lived Jasmine Revolution in China has been subdued by the state.

In our immediate region, it was the reformasi movement of the late 1990s that ushered in a new era in Indonesia with the end of the Suharto regime and a, by now, buoyant democracy. In Malaysia, similar reform movements attempted to end Mahathir’s reign.

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