Ethno-Religious Nationalism and Authoritarianism in Southeast Asia

On 25 October 2018, The Centre for Asia-Pacific Initiatives at the University of Victoria is hosting a panel on Ethno-Religious Nationalism and Authoritarianism in Southeast Asia.

The panel considers major flashpoints and key indicators for authoritarianism in Southeast Asia and the underlying societal conditions that have given rise to the political shifts we are witnessing in the region. This is part of their “Southeast Asia in Global Context” roundtable series. A distinguished panel of international experts will consider questions about trends in human rights, democracy, and enthno-religious nationalism in Southeast Asia.


  • Vitit Muntarbhorn Faculty of Law, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand, and UN Independent Expert on violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity
  • Phil Robertson Deputy Director, Asia Division, Human Rights Watch
  • Shane Barter Director of the Pacific Basin Research Center, Soka University of America
  • Kai Ostwald Director, Centre for Southeast Asia Research, UBC
  • Helen Lansdowne Associate Director, CAPI
  • Melissa Crouch Faculty of Law, University of Sydney [by videolink]


  • Phil Calvert Senior Research Fellow, CAPI, UVic and former Canadian Ambassador to Thailand, Cambodia, and Laos
  • Victor V. Ramraj Director, CAPI, UVic