Recent Events

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What Is Beijing Thinking? Geography, History, and the South China Sea

April 24, 2014

This event has moved to the Philippines Conference Room Professor Paine will explore China’s outlook on the territorial disputes in the South China Sea within the larger settings of Chinese...

Transnationalizing Viet Nam: Community, Culture, and Politics in the Diaspora

November 7, 2013

Vietnamese diasporic relations affect and are affected by events inside Viet Nam.  In her recent book, Transnationalizing Viet Nam, Prof.

Jesus, Lenin, and Victor Hugo: The “Outrageous” Syncretism of Caodai Religion in Vietnam and California

May 8, 2013

Co-sponsored by the Department of Religious Studies The Caodai religion is unique.  Born in French Indochina in 1926, it mixes Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism with organizational elements from...

Drawing Lines in the Water: A Multimedia Presentation and Prognosis on the South China Sea

February 20, 2013

Gregory Poling will begin with a multimedia presentation highlighting the most important aspects of the South China Sea disputes, including the competing legal claims, recent clashes, and the oil,...

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.

The Arab Awakening: Governance Lessons for Asia and Beyond

May 4, 2011

The recent uprisings in North Africa and the Middle East represent one of the most dramatic global political developments since the fall of the Berlin Wall.  What factors and forces led to the...

Beyond Representation? Portrayals of an Overseas Chinese Tycoon in Southeast Asia

April 26, 2011

Lee Kong Chian was among the most influential Chinese entrepreneurs in the Asian diasporic landscape from the 1920s to 1960s.

Rethinking the 'Overseas Chinese': What's in a Name?

April 12, 2011

The movement of people leaving and returning to China from the second half of the 19th century to the present is a vast and complex subject.

Nanshin: Japan and Southeast Asia in the 20th Century

April 27, 2010

An introduction to the origins, evolution, and recent  status of  interaction between Japan and Southeast Asia, 1900-2000. Mark R.

Leadership in Transition: Heterodox Pathways to Good Governance in Post-Suharto Indonesia

April 22, 2009

What makes some governments perform better than others?

Muslim Politics in Southeast Asia: Democratic Islam Hijacked? Or Re-invigorated?

May 1, 2008

Civil Islam - Beyond the Headlines      A lecture and three seminars by Robert W.

Schooling Islam: Madrasas and the Remaking of Muslim Modernity

April 30, 2008

Civil Islam - Beyond the Headlines     A lecture and three seminars by Robert W.

Varieties of Islamism: From Radical to Democratic

April 29, 2008

Civil Islam - Beyond the Headlines      A lecture and three seminars by Robert W.

Civil Islam Revisited: Prospects and Meanings of Muslim Democracy

April 29, 2008

Civil Islam - Beyond the Headlines A lecture and three seminars by Robert W.

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...

Democratic or Demagogic? "People Power" Reconsidered -- in the Philippines and Elsewhere

November 7, 2007

Unarmed mass uprisings, celebrated as "people power" revolutions, have ended authoritarian regimes in various countries.

Schools for Zealots? Islamic Education and Democracy in Indonesia - and Implications for the Muslim World

October 16, 2007

In recent years the largest Muslim-majority country, Indonesia, has seen the growth of contrary trends: a peaceful movement for democracy led and supported mostly by Muslims but also incidents of...

Amazing Peace: From Conflict to Compromise in War-torn Aceh, Indonesia

April 4, 2007

From 1976 to 2005 an intermittent but bloody guerilla insurgency raged in the Indonesian province of Aceh. Just a few years ago the conflict seemed intractable, with no end in sight.

A Coup for Democracy in Thailand? Thaksin's Ouster and What It Means

November 10, 2006

Can there be such a thing as a democratic coup? Critics of the September 2006 seizure of power in Thailand say "no." To them the overthrow of an elected government has set back democracy.

The Failure of International Policy on Burma: History and Prospect

May 10, 2006

For nearly twenty years, an array of mainly Western governments, NGOs, and international organizations including the UN have tried to promote democracy in Burma using sanctions and diplomacy.

Indonesia's Revolution Is It Starting Up Again? A Perspective Inspired by the Ideas of Pramoedya Ananta Toer

April 28, 2006

Is it really "a democratic transition" that is taking place in the aftermath of Suharto's overthrow? Is it something else? Something more?

Creating the Political Forest in Southeast Asia: Law, Violence, and Institutional Practices

April 17, 2006

Nancy Peluso will discuss how "political forests" originated in colonial-era Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand, and how they have been maintained over at least a century and a half of broader...

Malaysia after Mahathir: The Recent (March 21) Election and What It Means

April 5, 2004

Future historians will mark the first national election to be held in Malaysia since the retirement of Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad (1981-2003) as a watershed in the country's political history....

"Hating Americans" in Muslim Southeast Asia: From the Bali Bombing to the Baghdad Bombing--And Back

April 10, 2003

Asked his reaction to the Iraq war, the accused Bali bomber Amrozi said: "It just goes to show I was not wrong to bomb." The October 2002 bombings of two nightclubs on Bali were the worst act of...