Executive powers of Ordinance versus Legislation: The Case of Pakistan
In Pakistan, governments have promulgated a number of ordinances as a way to bypass legislative procedures in the Parliament. Over the years, governments, regardless of what type of the governments they are, have resorted to the practice of promulgating ordinances instead of engaging with oppositions and constructive debates, which is essential to retain the spirit of democracy. In this context, Mr. Ahmed Bilal Mehboob argues that the Constitution should be amended to omit the provision of ordinances so that the only legitimate route for legislations is one that should passes through the Parliament. Mr. Mehboob further stresses the importance of public awareness on the promulgation of ordinances as a highly undesirable practice in a democracy.
COVID-19 and Fake News in Thailand
Dr. Thawilwadee Bureekul from King Prajadhipok’s Institute explains that Thai people have experienced a fast spread of fake news after the sharp rise in confirmed COVID-19. As a result, people have been convinced to stock up on food and water from the supermarket. She points out that Thai government is providing efforts to control the spread of fake news with their Computer Crimes Act and Anti-Fake New Center.
COVID-19 and Fake News: India Fights Two Viruses
Dr. Niranjan Sahoo of Observer Research Foundation also discusses the spread of fake news on COVID-19 within India. He argues that in addition to fake news on how to cure the virus, people in India have used the COVID-19 pandemic to “push their own agendas and hidden motives” such as promoting Islamophobia.
Ahmed Bilal Mehboob
Sook Jong Lee
Ian Jayson R. Hecita
As part of the Asia Democracy Research Network (ADRN) program, the East Asia Institute (EAI) held the 10th National Workshop on December 5-6, 2019 in Bali, Indonesia. During the workshop, ADRN members attended the 12th Bali Democracy Forum with experts from various fields and presented intermediary research findings for the 2019-2020 “Social Media, Disinformation and Democracy” research project during ADRN independent workshop sessions. Participants presented their country cases and exchanged feedback and recommendations. Participants also discussed on the topic, “Defining Threats to Global Democracy Promotion,” during the working lunch session.ADRN was launched in 2013 under EAI’s leadership in order to analyze challenges against democracy in Asia and promote cooperation on pragmatic research projects that can contribute to democracy promotion and consolidation in the region. Democracy-related research think tanks from fourteen Asian countries, including Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, and Thailand are participating in this network. EAI is currently serving as a secretariat of the ADRN.Program2019.12.59:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m Bali Democracy Forum6:30 p.m – 9:00 p.m ADRN-Asia Democracy Network Joint Dinner2019.12.69:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.mADRN Workshop Session OneSocial Media, Democracy, and Disinformation Report Group 1: Interim PresentationModerator: Sook Jong Lee, Co-representative, Asia Democracy Research Network and East Asia Institute (South Korea)Presentations:Ian Jayson Hecita, Program Manager, Jesse M. Robredo Institute of Governance (Philippines) on the Case of the PhilippinesThawilwadee Bureekul, Director of Research and Development Office, King Prajadhipok’s Institute (Thailand) on the Case of ThailandMyat Thu, Chairperson, Yangon School of Political Science (Myanmar) on the Case of MyanmarSri Nuryanti, Head of Publication and Research Documentation, Indonesian Institute of Sciences (Indonesia) on the Case of IndonesiaAira Azhari, Senior Executive, Democracy and Governance Unit, Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (Malaysia) on the Case of Malaysia10:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.Coffee Break11:00 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.ADRN Workshop Session TwoSocial Media, Democracy, and Disinformation Report Group 2: Interim PresentationModerator: Ian Jayson Hecita, Program Manager, Jesse M. Robredo Institute of Governance (Philippines)Presentations:Kaustuv Bandyopadhyay, Co-Representative, Asia Democracy Research Network and Society for Participatory Research in Asia (India) on the Case of IndiaPradip Pariyar, Executive Chairperson, Samata Foundation (Nepal) on the Case of NepalS M Zubair Ali Kahn, Director, Manusher Jonno Foundation (Bangladesh) on the Case of BangladeshAnisha Dias Bandaranayake, Research Assistant, Verite Research (Sri Lanka) on the Case of Sri Lanka12:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.Working LunchDefining Threats to Global Democracy PromotionModeratorKaustuv Bandyopadhyay, Co-Representative, Asia Democracy Research Network and Society for Participatory Research in Asia (India) Discussants:Kai-Ping Huang, Assistant Professor, National Taiwan University, Asian Barometer (Taiwan)Marilou Ibanez, Executive Director, INCITEGov (Philippines) 2:45 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.ADRN Workshop Session ThreeSocial Media, Democracy, and Disinformation Report Group 3: Interim PresentationModerator: Sri Nuryanti, Head of Publication and Research Documentation, Indonesian Institute of Sciences (Indonesia)Presentations:Sook Jong Lee, Co-representative, Asia Democracy Research Network and East Asia Institute (South Korea) on the Case of South KoreaMaiko Ichihara, Associate Professor, Graduate School of Law and School of International and Public Policy, Hitotsubashi University (Japan) on the Case of JapanYa-wei Chou, Program Officer, Domestic Affairs Department, Taiwan Foundation for Democracy (Taiwan) on the Case of TaiwanBazavaani Ariunbayar, Program Coordinator, Academy of Political Education (Mongolia) on the Case of Mongolia4:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.Coffee Break4:45 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.ADRN Workshop Session FourHousekeeping/Administrative IssuesSook Jong Lee, Co-representative, Asia Democracy Research Network and East Asia Institute (South Korea)Jinkyung Baek, Research Associate and Project Manager, East Asia Institute (South Korea)
Tuesday 2019-12-05 ~ 2019-12-06
Nusa Dua Convention Center & The Westin Resort Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia
Wednesday 2019-04-03 ~ 2019-04-04
Novotel Kuala Lumpur City Centre Hotel
Monday 2018-11-22 ~ 2018-11-22
Westin Chosun Hotel, Seoul
On August 13-14, 2018, on behalf of the Asia Democracy Research Network (ADRN), EAI and other ADRN members from South Asian countries participated in a sub-regional dialogue on India-China bilateral relations held by the Samriddhi Foundation in Kathmandu, Nepal. During the sessions on Monday, August 13, participants discussed emerging trends in India-China bilateral relations and considered the political and economic implications of the recent developments surrounding the South Asian region. Both opportunities and challenges posed by Chinese and Indian foreign policy approaches were explored. On Tuesday, August 14, a more practical discussion focusing on the role of civil society and independent research think tanks in bringing together diverse voices within the region ensued. The conversation focused particularly on the role of regional networks such as the ADRN in engaging with like-minded group of people across South Asia.
Monday 2018-08-13 ~ 2018-08-14
Friday 2018-06-29 ~ 2018-06-29
The Royal River Hotel, Thailand
Monday 2017-08-07 ~ 2017-08-08
The Westin Chosun Hotel
As part of the Asia Democracy Research Network (ADRN) project, the East Asia Institute (EAI) co-hosted sessions on "Asian Middle Powers and Democracy Promotion" and “Strategic Cooperation among Democracy Defenders” with the Forum 2000 during its participation in the 23rd Forum 2000 conference, which was held on October 13-15, 2019. The "Asian Middle Powers and Democracy Promotion" was an open panel discussion session. The panelists presented about 1) What challenges their government and nongovernmental actors are currently facing, 2) What efforts are being implemented to defend democratic values and practices at the national and regional levels, and 3) How Asian middle power countries can collaborate on addressing threats to democracy and reinforce and bolster shared values.In a closed roundtable discussion session on “Strategic Cooperation among Democracy Defenders” following the open panel discussion session, participants discussed about 1) How Europe and Asia can cooperate to sustain the liberal international order and stop the attacks and threats from authoritarian governments, and 2) What democracy defenders should be aware of in addressing new challenges that arise from technological and communication changes in people’s every day lives, and how we can cooperate to ensure these changes have a positive impact on democracy.Program:Open Panel DiscussionAsian Middle Powers and Democracy PromotionModerator: Ketty Chen (Taiwan Foundation for Democracy)Presenters:Maiko Ichihara (Hitotsubashi University/Japan Center for International Exchange, Japan)Ketut Putra Erawan (Institute for Peace and Democracy, Bali Democracy Forum, Indonesia)Sook Jong Lee (East Asia Institute/Sungkyunkwan University, South Korea)Niranjan Sahoo (Observer Research Foundation, India)Closed Roundtable DiscussionStrategic Cooperation among Democracy DefendersModerator: Sook Jong Lee (EAI/SKKU, South Korea)Participants:Thorsten Benner (Global Public Policy Institute, Germany)Ketty Chen (Taiwan Foundation for Democracy)Maiko Ichihara (Japan Center for International Exchange, Japan)Ketut Putra Erawan (Institute for Peace and Democracy, Indonesia)Lynn Lee (National Endowment for Democracy, US)Niranjan Sahoo (Observer Research Foundation, India)Robert Schwarz (Bertelsmann Stiftung, Germany)
Thursday 2019-10-13 ~ 2019-10-15
Goethe Institute, Prague
Friday 2019-09-20 ~ 2019-09-20
Law School, Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU) Room 116
Tuesday 2018-11-23 ~ 2018-11-23
Westin Chosun Hotel, Seoul
WELCOME TO THE ADRN WEBSITE!From South Asia to Northeast Asia, an Asian Network for Democracy Cooperation The East Asia Institute (President Yul Sohn), South Korea’s leading think tank, is proud to announce the launch of an independent website dedicated to the work of the Asian Democracy Research Network (ADRN). Since its establishment in November 2013, ADRN has developed into a meaningful research network which now includes 23 institutions from 14 Asian countries. ADRN member institutions continue to dedicate themselves to providing policy suggestions by researching and identifying emerging threats to democracy in the Asian region. In order to accommodate ADRN’s research output and make it more accessible to the wider public, this website has been launched to archive ADRN’s vast publications and to provide analyses on current issues. In doing so, the website offers useful information related to democratic governance and human rights promotion in Asia. Learn more about the Asia Democracy Research Network and our website! (download files)
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