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.
Political Analysis, Social Justice, Vietnam
As a part of CPTPP and EVFTA, Vietnam shall be bound by the labour protection regulations provided by the above-mentioned chapters. What will be the legal impact of this situation on labour relations in Vietnam?
Political Analysis, Social Justice
Democratically minded and socio-ecologically conscious individuals are currently transfixed by the troubling developments on the right wing of the political spectrum. Nationalist aspirations, racist ideologies and authoritar- ian forms of rule are gaining influence. Neoliberal cap- italism has lost its aura; there suddenly now seem to be alternatives. Numerous emancipatory initiatives and concrete approaches have made other options possible.
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.
Germany, Political Analysis, Social Justice, Social-ecological transformation
Saving the Climate, not Capitalism - For a Social and Ecological System Change
By Bernd Riexinger and Lorenz Gösta Beutin
Germany, Political Analysis
Originally a lecture given as part of a political dialogue between a delegation of the Left Party and the Communist Party of Vietnam held in November 2018 and facilitated by the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung.
Myanmar, Political Analysis
Myanmar, Political Analysis, Social-ecological transformation
[German only] Constitutional Reforms in Myanmar - A Country at the Beginning of a Transformation Process
In his working paper in German language, the author Christian Landenberger is summarizing the recent changes of Myanmar’s constitution since the beginning of the transformation process. He is aiming to evaluate the changes and he provides prospects for the future of Myanmar.
Cambodia, Political Analysis
[German only] The end of the blockade - Agreement between government and opposition parties in Cambodia could contribute to democratisation
If Hun Sens succeeds in his experiment to dare "more democracy", people in Cambodia could hope for a better future. But the road still seems long.
Cambodia, Germany, Political Analysis, Social Justice, Vietnam
Communal Foreign Policy: A Tool for Achieving Target Goals and for the Progression of Social Equality in the Global South and Global North
In his working paper the author Mr Khai Phung is aiming to introduce the concept of district partnerships as a tool of communal foreign policy.