East Asia Institute (EAI) organized and hosted the Asia Democracy Research Network (ADRN) Eighth Workshop in Seoul, South Korea on November 22, 2018. During the workshop, ADRN members presented their work on the populism research and exchanged feedback for further revision and finalization. ADRN members particularly discussed in depth how Asian populism is different in nature from populist ideologies or leaders gaining power and fame in Western democracies such as Europe or the US. Furthermore, they looked at commonalities among different populism phenomenon across Asia.
ADRN was launched in 2013 under the EAI’s leadership in order to analyze challenges against democracy in Asia and collaborate on pragmatic research projects that can contribute to democracy promotion and consolidation in the region. Democracy-related research think tanks from thirteen Asian countries, including Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, and Thailand are participating in this network. EAI is currently serving as a secretariat of the ADRN.
|9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m||Registration and Coffee|
|10:00 a.m. – 10:10 a.m.||Introduction of Participants|
|10:10 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.||Session One
Group Presentation: Populism
What the populist issues/agendas/ideologies prevalent in each country? What kinds of strategy or assistance have made populists successful? What are the causes for the rise of populism and how has this affected democracy? In this session, cases of South Korea, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, and Thailand will be presented.
Kaustuv Bandyopadhyay, Director, Society for Participatory Research in Asia (India)
|12:10 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.||Lunch|
|1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.||Session Two
Group Discussion: Populism
Discussion on how to revise Populism Working Paper series will be exchanged. What are the patterns that can be deduced from the rise of populism and populist phenomena in nine country cases presented in the previous session? What are the common policy recommendations that can be directed at responding to both positive and negative effects of populism?
Eric Yu, Director of Domestic Affairs, Taiwan Foundation for Democracy (Taiwan)
|3:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.||Coffee Break|
|3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.||Session Three
Sook Jong Lee, Co-Representative, Asia Democracy Research Network (South Korea)