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".

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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.

7 May 2020 - 3:53PM

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
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.

1 May 2018 - 7:51PM

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? 
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

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

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
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