EP #12 The Politics of Pandemic in Southeast Asia

By Noto Suoneto

As we know, the COVID-19 pandemic is not only affecting the health and economic situation specifically to the Southeast Asian region, but it has also tested the political leadership of ASEAN leaders. Some of them have been criticized for not taking swift action in combatting the COVID-19, many also criticized of doing some authoritarian measures in their efforts to battle the pandemic. The political aspect of the COVID-19 crisis is a very interesting topic to discuss. How will the COVID-19 impact politics in Southeast Asia? And in terms of the political communication strategy of ASEAN leaders, which one is the best? Have there been any correlations between the effectiveness of the political system with the successful result in dealing with the pandemic? I explore those questions with Prof. Zachary Abuza and Prof. Bridget Welsh. Please enjoy!

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