Southeast Asia’s Democratic Decline in the America First Era

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump greet Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, and his wife Naraporn Chan-ocha, Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, as the arrive at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
President Trump’s administration appears little troubled by the sharp democratic decline in Southeast Asia—but it should be, for economic and security reasons. Southeast Asia’s democratic regression has taken a dramatic turn for the worse in the past few years. In Thailand, the military junta, which seized power in 2014 from an elected government, this year
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