East Asia Institute (EAI) organized and hosted the Asia Democracy Research Network (ADRN) Second Regional Forum in Bangkok, Thailand on June 29, 2018, in partnership with the King Prajadhipok’s Institute. At the forum, ADRN members had an opportunity to present about their final research findings on the main challenges faced by the Asian democracy: corruption, shrinking civic space, and gender inequality. Afterwards, this was followed by exchanges of feedback and questions with politicians, academics, civil society groups, and diplomats from foreign embassies to Thailand. Additionally, local renowned academic was invited to pose an important question of what “good governance” in the context of Asia entails. 

ADRN was launched in 2013 under the EAI’s leadership in order to analyze challenges against democracy in Asia and collaborate on pragmatic research projects that can contribute to democracy promotion and consolidation in the region. Democracy-related research think tanks from thirteen Asian countries, including Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, and Thailand are participating in this network. EAI is currently serving as a secretariat of the ADRN.