The East Asia Institute (President Yul Sohn), as a secretariat of the Asia Democracy Research Network (ADRN), invited you to the thirteenth online seminar of the [Democracy Cooperation] series, titled "Political Polarization in Asia and Its Impact on Democracy." Political polarization is a process of simplifying politics by presenting either-or-choices to the public. It usually damages democracy by dividing the electorate into two mutually mistrustful camps. While political polarization operates at both elite and mass levels, political elites including government and party leaders use polarization as a strategy to concentrate their power. With this in mind, this seminar invited speakers from four Asian countries to speak about their country’s political polarization and how it has been eroding democracy.


  • ㆍTime/Date: 25 March 2022 (Friday) 17:00 – 18:30 (KST)
  • ㆍPanelists:

Jennifer McCoy (Professor, Georgia State University)

Sook Jong Lee (Professor, Sungkyunkwan University; Senior Fellow, East Asia Institute)


Jung Kim (Professor, University of North Korean Studies)

Francisco A. Magno (Senior Fellow, Institute of Governance at De La Salle University)

Niranjan Sahoo (Senior Fellow, Observer Research Foundation)

Janjira Sombatpoonsiri (Assistant Professor, Chulalongkorn University)



Major Project

Center for Democracy Cooperation

Detailed Business

Asia Democracy Research Network


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