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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.

The Future of Democracy in Southeast Asia

February 22, 2008

This program will bring together some of the world's leading experts on Southeast Asia and democracy to consider critical questions facing the region.

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...

Conflicting Priorities? Security and Democracy as Challenges to Regionalism in Southeast Asia

May 22, 2007

Security has been a priority for regionalism in Southeast Asia since well before ASEAN's inception in 1967. Democracy has not.

After the Blue Wave: How Will the Democrats' New Clout Affect U.S. Asia Policy

November 30, 2006

The "blue wave" of Democratic Party victories on November 7th has altered the dynamics inside Congress and between the legislative and executive branches. U.S.

Indonesia's Yudhoyono: A Strong Leader At Last?

November 7, 2005

After more than 30 years under the strong leadership of Suharto, Indonesians saw three weak and not always legitimate presidents come and go: B. J.

Goodbye, Flying Geese: Asian Regionalism Today and Tomorrow

February 1, 2005

East Asia is on the move. Diverse national strands are being woven into a distinctive regional fabric. No longer are regionalism and regionalization projections of specific national models.

Rhetoric and Realism in Foreign Policy: Australia between Southeast Asia and the United States

November 2, 2004

Australian Prime Minister John Howard's government has strongly reaffirmed the ANZUS (Australia-New Zealand-US) alliance and his country's cultural ties to Europe.

Multiracialism and Meritocracy in Singapore: Conventional Wisdom Reconsidered

April 19, 2004

Singapore has become widely known as a successful experiment in multiracialism and meritocracy.

Power, Rights, and Desire: The "Islamic State" in Muslim Southeast Asia

March 3, 2004

Daulah Islamiyya (Islamic sovereignty, or an Islamic state) is a declared objective of the Southeast Asian terrorist group Jemaah Islamiyya.

Four Different Octobers: Democracy, Terrorism, Islamism, and Regionalism in Southeast Asia

October 14, 2003

Octobers and democracy in Thailand are inextricably entwined. On 14 October 1973, thirty years to the day before Dr.

Muslim Southeast Asia and the Iraq War: The Politics of Backlash

May 22, 2003

About the Talk: In Muslim-majority Indonesia and Malaysia, initial reactions to the American war in Iraq were overwhelmingly negative.

What Should the U.S. (Not) Be Doing?: A Southeast Asian View

May 7, 2003

Is unipolarity--American primacy--good or bad for the world? For Southeast Asia? For Indonesia? How dangerous or constructive is the Bush doctrine of preemption? Should the U.S.

Race, Religion, and the Politics of Education in Malaysia: What Price Affirmative Action?

April 28, 2003

Educational achievement in Malaysia is racially skewed across its three main cultural groups: The Malay-Muslim majority lags behind the country's Chinese and Indian minorities.

Why Governance Matters: Preventing Deadly Conflict in Indonesia and Burma

February 27, 2002

Indonesia has seen no respite from its turbulent politics, faltering economy, and simmering conflicts since mass pressure forced President Soeharto from office in 1998 after decades of...

Cambodia Shadowed by its Past

May 21, 2001

Nearly a quarter-century has elapsed since the Khmer Rouge held power in Cambodia (1975-78).