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Sentiment, Reason, and Law: Policing in the Republic of China on Taiwan

April 30, 2018

The Republic of China on Taiwan spent nearly four decades as a single-party state under dictatorial rule (1949-1987) before transitioning to liberal democracy.

Reform Contradictions Facing China's New Leadership

October 11, 2017

Drawing on his latest book, Cracking the China Conundrum: Why Conventional Economic Wisdom is Wrong (Oxford University Press, 2017), Yukon Huang will highlight the reform challenges that China's...

Taiwan's Democracy Challenged: The Chen Shui-bian Years

September 16, 2016

  This discussion will be based on the authors' recently published book, Taiwan's Democracy Challenged: The Chen Shui-bian Years, Lynne Rienner Publishing (2016).AbstractAt the end of Chen Shui...

Liberal Taiwan versus Illiberal South Korea: The Divergent Paths of Electoral Campaign Regulation

November 11, 2015

Abstract:Both South Korea and Taiwan are considered consolidated democracies, but the two countries have developed very different sets of electoral campaign regulations.

Does Decentralization Lessen or Worsen Poverty? Evidence from Post-‘Big Bang’ Indonesia

December 12, 2013

Co-sponsored by the Stanford Center for International Development Under what conditions is decentralization most likely to foster development and reduce poverty?  Plausible answers include:  a...

Why the Records of WWII War Crimes Trials Matter to Us: The Allied War Crimes Prosecution in the Asia-Pacific Region, 1945-1951

April 18, 2013

In the wake of the V-J Day on August 14, 1945, eleven nations that had been at war with Japan established the International Military Tribunal for the Far East in the capital city, Tokyo, in order...

The Rule of Mandates: How China Governs Over Law and Democracy

March 15, 2013

In this talk, Mayling Birney presents evidence that China uses a distinctive form of governing, what she calls a “rule of mandates” in contrast to a rule of law.

(Un)Covering North Korea

February 11, 2013

North Korea, arguably the most isolated country in the world, poses unique challenges for journalists.

The Fallout From the Bo Xilai Affair

May 2, 2012

The fall of Bo Xilai is the most serious political crisis in China since Tiananmen in 1989.

Political Inheritance and Hybrid Democracy: Family Politics and Democracy in Thailand

March 8, 2012

In 2011 Yingluck Shinawatra became the 1st female prime minister of Thailand,  the 3rd member of her family to become prime minister, and the 13th member of her extended family to gain a seat in...

Broken Promises: Cambodia Today

January 17, 2012

Venue Changed to the Philippines Conference Room In 1992, Cambodia became a United Nations (UN) protectorate—the first and only time the UN tried something so ambitious.

Sectoral Rent Extraction Possibilities and Bribery by Multinational Corporations: Evidence from Vietnam

November 15, 2011

Edmund J. Malesky will argue that openness to foreign investment can have differential effects on corruption, even within the same country and under the same domestic institutions over time.

How Good is the China-ASEAN Free Trade Agreement -- and Good for Whom?: A Philippine View

February 24, 2011

On January 1, 2010, China and the ten-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) finally, formally launched a China-ASEAN Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) that encompasses nearly two billion...

Packing the Philippine Supreme Court: How the Personal Trumps the Institutional

October 13, 2010

The new Philippine president, Benigno Aquino III, has inherited a Supreme Court packed with his predecessor's appointees.  The highly politicized appointment process has weakened the independence...

Frequent Changing of Prime Ministers: What is Going on with South Korea’s Politics?

September 13, 2010

On August 8, South Korea’s President Lee Myung-bak reshuffled his Cabinet and nominated Kim Tae-ho as Prime Minister; Kim resigned the nomination 21 days later following corruption allegations.

Democratization and Regional Identity in Southeast Asia

May 3, 2010

Viewed from the realist perspective of mainstream international political economy, economic and elite-based political integration are the keys to building a region; “soft” or “normative” questions...

Safety Nets in Shocking Times: Lessons from Indonesia's Cash Transfer Program

January 25, 2010

In 2005 the Indonesian government announced a program of unconditional cash transfers to its poor and near-poor citizens to help them overcome the adverse effects of fuel price hikes caused by a...

Debating Islamism: Pro, Semi-pro, Con, and Why Bother?

February 5, 2009

Donald Emmerson is director of the Southeast Asia Forum (SEAF) at Shorenstein APARC, a senior fellow at FSI, and an affiliated scholar with the Center on Democracy, Development,and the Rule of Law...

Foreign Investors in the World's Workshop: Legislative Battles and Factory Struggles in China

January 30, 2009

This talk is an overview of the changing role of foreign investment in Chinese workplaces. Foreign investment inflows helped transform the Chinese industrial landscape in the 1990s.

Justice or Farce? The Khmer Rouge Tribunal in Cambodia

April 24, 2008

The UN and the Cambodian government have finally established a “hybrid-style” tribunal in Phnom Penh to begin prosecuting senior leaders from the genocidal Khmer Rouge regime that caused the deaths...

China's Harmonious Society: Political Cross Currents in China's Corporate Restructuring

February 29, 2008

China's Harmonious Society colloquium series is co-sponsored by the Stanford China Program and the Center for East Asian Studies Since 2006, the official doctrine of China's Communist Party calls...

The United States and Asia's Newest Tiger: Trade, Aid and Governance in Vietnam

October 2, 2007

Vietnam has become the newest "Asian tiger." The US played a leading role in negotiating Vietnam's January 2007 entry into the World Trade Organization and the 2001 US-Vietnam Bilateral Trade...

Treating Tuberculosis in North Korea: NGO Humanitarian Aid and US-DPRK Reconciliation

April 19, 2007

Dr. Linton was born in Philadelphia in 1950 and grew up in Korea, where his father was a third generation Presbyterian missionary.