Peter Manikas
Peter Manikas
senior associate and director of Asia programs
Washington, DC

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.

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Retreat or Revival: The State of Democracy in Asia

Officials open the polls in Indonesia in September 2004.

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.

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