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Armed Forces, State, and Society in Southeast Asia: Identity, Authority, Legitimacy, Legacy
Dec
6
10:00 AM10:00

Armed Forces, State, and Society in Southeast Asia: Identity, Authority, Legitimacy, Legacy

In Southeast Asia today, there exists a range of arrangements along a spectrum. Some countries (such as Singapore, Malaysia, and the Philippines) operate, at least nominally, under a regime of objective control. In others, the military operates explicitly (Vietnam and Lao PDR) or implicitly (Cambodia) as a tool of the ruling political party. Indonesia is a former military dictatorship that has reformed its armed forces; Myanmar operates what might be called a transitional model.   Thailand has only recently emerged after five years of military rule, and the possibility of a return cannot be ruled out.  

This one-day conference, consisting of panel presentations and a roundtable, will explore the following key questions:

  1. What is the relationship between the military and the identity of the nation, people, or elites?

  2. What is the relationship between the military and political authority? 

  3. How does the military impact structures of legitimacy?

  4. What are the key principles, myths, or events that have helped shape the relationship between the military and the country?  Is that expected to change or remain the same in the future?

Professor Dr. Aurel Croissant (Professor of Political Science at the Institute of Political Science, Ruprecht-Karls-University, Heidelberg) will deliver a keynote address.  

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Sixth International Conference on Lao Studies (ICLS6)
Jun
13
to Jun 15

Sixth International Conference on Lao Studies (ICLS6)

  • Cornell University Ithaca, New York United States of America (map)
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This year's three-day conference has a total of 18 panels, with topics on all aspects of Lao Studies. In addition to panel speakers, we are honored to have an art exhibition, entitled "Between Two Worlds: Through the Eyes of the Lao Artist" by Tiao Nithakhong Somsanith, an artist from the Lao royal court, who will be showcasing his work on stencilling and gold thread embroidery along with a Lao America artist, Chantala Kommanivanh, who will be showcasing a more contemporary piece. In addition, our keynote speakers come from Laos, Mr. Anasay Keodara, a filmmaker, and Ms. Khamly Philvong, an actress from "Sabaidee Luanphrabang," who will be discussing issues of filmmaking in Laos along with Dr. Steve Arounsack, a Lao American professor of Anthropology.

For more information and to register for the event, click here.

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Violence and Policing in the Philippines, Latin America, and the U.S.
Apr
22
to Apr 23

Violence and Policing in the Philippines, Latin America, and the U.S.

  • World Room, Pulitzer Hall, Columbia Journalism School (map)
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President Rodrigo Duterte came to power by promising a bloody war on drugs. Since he assumed office in July 2016, thousands of drug users and dealers have been killed in both police operations and murders by unknown assailants. Nearly all of these victims were poor Filipinos who lived in informal settlements in the country’s largest and most populous cities. The Philippine case is not unique. Echoes of the Philippine experience can be found worldwide.

This conference aims to bring together journalists and scholars who have explored the nexus between urban poverty, policing, and violence. It will explore how violence is woven into the fabric of policing strategies that have focused on the security and safety of the rich and the middle class, and on criminalizing the poor as thieves, drug addicts, and scoundrels. Seen in this light, the war on crime is but the latest expression of a decades-long war against the urban poor.

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Inaugural Southeast Asia Research Group (SEARG) Meeting
Dec
12
to Dec 14

Inaugural Southeast Asia Research Group (SEARG) Meeting

  • School of Public Policy and Management, Fulbright University Vietnam (map)
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This first SEAREG meeting in Southeast Asia will broaden our geographic reach and enable scholars based in the region to become more actively involved in the network. This first-of-its-kind conference is generously supported by the Henry Luce Foundation.

Click here to register now on the SEAREG website. Information about hotels, local transportation, and the meeting agenda will be posted as it becomes available.

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Thailand Update 2017
Apr
19
9:00 AM09:00

Thailand Update 2017

  • Columbia University - Faculty House Garden Room 1 (map)
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In recent months, public life in Thailand has been overshadowed by the momentous October 13, 2016 passing of long-reigning King Bhumibol, and the December 1 accession of the King Vajiralongkorn to the throne. Although a popular referendum approved the 2016 draft constitution last August, that constitution has yet to pass into law, and no date has been set for the next general election. As the ruling military junta completes its third year in power, freedom of expression remains severely constrained, and Thailand faces a range of economic and social challenges. During this third Columbia Thailand Update event, eight speakers will present their research and views on the latest developments and prospects, at a crucial juncture in the country’s history.

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Critical Perspectives on US-Southeast Asia Relations
Apr
4
to Apr 21

Critical Perspectives on US-Southeast Asia Relations

  • Columbia University - International Affairs Building, Room 918 (map)
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This two-day workshop will bring together scholars doing critical studies of bilateral relations between the United States, its western and regional allies, and a range of countries in Southeast Asia, both during the late Cold War era and since.

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