It is no coincidence that it is the most populist, often authoritarian, leaders who think they can do without expert input, relying, instead, purely on emotional appeal.
Most obviously, political populism is typically associated with a nativist turn away from economic openness and the growing trade, investment and financial interdependence on which the Asian region collectively has relied as drivers of growth and prosperity.
Amid the risks and uncertainties stemming from anti-globalisation sentiment, rising protectionism, unilateralism, and populism, Asean stands out to be the beacon of open and inclusive regionalism and the advocate of multilateralism.
A mix of political populism and higher commodity prices are among the reasons.
Sim Vireak compares the current tide of populism in Europe and past populist trend in Japan.
Sam Rainsy is an incompetent coward who frequently deploys populist propaganda to gain popularity without consideration for national cohesion, happiness of the people and the lives of his followers.