Mark R Thompson

Mark R Thompson

Mark R. Thompson is head of the department of Asian and International Studies and director of the Southeast Asia Research Centre at the City University of Hong Kong. He is co-editor of "Dynasties and Female Political Leaders in Asia: Gender, Power and Pedigree".

Latest from Mark R Thompson

Opinion | Benigno Aquino’s lost liberal ‘yellow’ legacy in the Philippines

The late former president’s reformist agenda was upended by his failure to address structural problems, which successor Rodrigo Duterte seized upon.

The late former president’s reformist agenda was upended by his failure to address structural problems, which successor Rodrigo Duterte seized upon.

Benigno Aquino’s lost liberal ‘yellow’ legacy in the Philippines
25 Jun 2021 - 10:07AM
Opinion | Don’t treat helpers as scapegoats for Hong Kong’s struggling vaccine drive

Officious justifications for why singling out foreign domestic helpers should not be considered discriminatory are far from convincing.

Officious justifications for why singling out foreign domestic helpers should not be considered discriminatory are far from convincing.

Don’t treat helpers as scapegoats for Hong Kong’s struggling vaccine drive
5 May 2021 - 7:36AM
Opinion | Philippine ‘People Power’ at 35: a strange metamorphosis under Duterte

Despite his ‘war on drugs’, attacks on media and ‘red-tagging’ of political opponents, Rodrigo Duterte is more commonly linked to People Power than thought.

Despite his ‘war on drugs’, attacks on media and ‘red-tagging’ of political opponents, Rodrigo Duterte is more commonly linked to People Power than thought.

Philippine ‘People Power’ at 35: a strange metamorphosis under Duterte
23 Feb 2021 - 11:59AM
Opinion | Duterte’s ‘shoot-them-all’ approach to Covid-19 threatens his legacy as poor suffer in the Philippines

While he remains a popular leader, vows of upholding ‘discipline’ ring hollow when the poor go hungry, leaving Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte at a turning point in his presidency.

While he remains a popular leader, vows of upholding ‘discipline’ ring hollow when the poor go hungry, leaving Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte at a turning point in his presidency.

Duterte’s ‘shoot-them-all’ approach to Covid-19 threatens his legacy as poor suffer in the Philippines
7 May 2020 - 3:53PM
Is there more to President Rodrigo Duterte’s Boracay closure and drug war than meets the eye?

Low-profile dealings with a Chinese company, selective prosecution of drug traffickers and targeting of political enemies suggest there may be less wholesome (and less populist) reasons for the Philippine president’s moves.

Low-profile dealings with a Chinese company, selective prosecution of drug traffickers and targeting of political enemies suggest there may be less wholesome (and less populist) reasons for the Philippine president’s moves.

Is there more to President Rodrigo Duterte’s Boracay closure and drug war than meets the eye?
1 May 2018 - 7:51PM
For Asean at 50, the fate of democracy hangs on the failings of its strongman leaders

Its brief foray into openness over, Asean appears to have returned to being a bloc of ‘strong leaders’, with democracies breaking down or becoming highly illiberal. Cronyism and incompetence among its strongmen is the only hope

Its brief foray into openness over, Asean appears to have returned to being a bloc of ‘strong leaders’, with democracies breaking down or becoming highly illiberal. Cronyism and incompetence among its strongmen is the only hope

For Asean at 50, the fate of democracy hangs on the failings of its strongman leaders
20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM
How Hillary compares to Asian Clintons
20 Jul 2018 - 2:54PM