Azmi Sharom is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Law, University of Malaya. He obtained his LLB from Sheffield University, LLM from Nottingham University and his PhD from the School of Oriental and African Studies. He teaches Environmental Law and Human Rights Law. His latest academic publication is as Chief Editor of ‘Human Rights and Peace in Southeast Asia, Series Vol 6: Protecting the Powerless, Curbing the Powerful, Southeast Asian Human Rights Studies Network’ (2018) and “Book Banning and Film Censorship in Malaysia” with Saw Tiong Guan. He writes fortnightly columns on current affairs for The Star and Sin Chew Jit Poh. A collection of his newspaper and magazine articles has been published in a book entitled ‘Brave New World: Greatest Hits’.
What explains the persistent popularity of strongman figures in Southeast Asia? Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen rules with an iron thumb. Thailand’s military junta is here to stay. Duterte was Trumpian before Trump was. And Mahathir is back! Throughout the region, there are persistent conditions – economic inequality, social malaise, and schoolyard patriotism – that […]