Analyses, Perspectives and Opinions
RLS Southeast Asia regularly publishes political analyses and working papers on current and relevant topics from the Mekong Region. Together with our partners, we shed light on different opinions and introduce perspectives on pressing social and ecological questions and challenges. The publications are categorized according to topics and countries and can be selected using the links below.
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The Southeast Asian state of Cambodia remains predominantly rural. Despite industrialization and booming economic growth in recent decades, over 70 percent of its population continues to live and work in the countryside, overwhelmingly as agricultural workers on farms. But how has the coronavirus pandemic and associated lockdowns, which we tend to associate with urban areas, affected the countryside?
Social Justice, Social-ecological transformation
The concept of the “imperial mode of living” points toward the norms of production, distribution and consumption built into the political, economic and cultural structures of everyday life for the populations of the Global North.
Social-ecological transformation, Vietnam
Climate change is causing negative impacts on all countries and their production activities. Mekong River basin is ranked as one of the most vulnerable regions under climate change. To adapt with climate change, Mekong countries have built their national policy strategies and action plans. In addition, some climate change response initiatives have been introduced and implemented at sub-regional level. This short paper reviews climate change impacts and responding policies of the Mekong countries.
Social Justice, Social-ecological transformation, Vietnam
Smallholder farmers in Huong Lam commune, Ha Tinh province, Viet Nam were surveyed to identify what ecosystems they depend on, what climate change impacts they face, and what Ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) measures that are appropriate for the area.
Germany, Social Justice
Our goal in this text is not to make any assessments about virology or epidemiology. There are more than enough of those at the moment and we do not claim to be specialists in those fields. Like many others, we are trying to get our bearings in the whirlwind of information, and we invest our trust in the Robert Koch Institute more than in the cooked-up opinions of loudmouth know-it-alls. We are not of the opinion that the German federal and state governments are actors who have simply been waiting to impose authoritarian measures.
Germany, Social Justice
Loren Balhorn sat down with Friedrich Burschel, the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung’s in-house expert on far-right extremism and a long-time observer of how the German state deals with neo-Nazis, to get a better understanding of how far-right violence in modern Germany has grown in recent years and what, if anything, can be done about it.
Germany, Social Justice, Social-ecological transformation
Do you want socialism and the future? How can we still talk about socialism in these dystopian times? And how to fall silent upon this? Capitalism is devouring our future—while the crises of our time are literally heating up, it appears that their resolution is all the more absent.
According to the Minister of Education Hang Chuon Naron, temporary closure of all schools will continue indefinitely to prevent a second wave of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) infections in Cambodia.
Political Analysis, Social Justice, Social-ecological transformation
The world is in disarray: social divisions, inequality, economic crisis, the climate catastrophe and the rise of a new authoritarianism all challenge the very foundations of civilization. Saying that capitalism offers no answers is not enough. We need effective alternatives, alternative experiments, more democracy, and socialist discussions. But there is another truth that is particularly evident amidst the Covid-19 pandemic: the challenges of a global world cannot be solved at the national level alone.
Political Analysis, Social Justice
Burning Earth, Changing Europe: How the racist right exploits the climate crisis and what we can do about it
In Europe today, more people than ever before are convinced that climate
change is a pressing political issue. This is not a win by default. People
anxious about ecological catastrophe are vulnerable to racist, xenophobic
and even fascist methods of addressing the climate crisis, especially as far
right and populist actors are occupying more and more positions of power
across Europe, emboldening racist violence in the streets.