• Southeast Asia
  • The Origins of Corruption in the Philippines: The “Cultural Deviancy” Fallacy

    TOMMIE THOMPSON It has practically become a trope among the elites of the Philippines – the ilustrados – to attribute their nation’s failures to their own idiocy. Often times they call on their peers to reject corruption, vice, and backwardness, and to look to the West (especially the US) for inspiration. Ateneo de Manila University’s […]

  • Southeast Asia
  • A Fulcrum to the Asian Pivot: Creating Lasting Democratic Societies in South-East Asia

    MITCHELL DENNIS Of the eleven nations comprising South-East Asia, only three can be classified as democracies. The region comprises over 600 million people; yet none of them live in a free society, as measured by Freedom House. Democracies were not always rare in this region. The region was often championed as a paragon for democratic […]