Democracy and its Discontents in South and Southeast Asia

Wagner Office of International Programs, New York Southeast Asia Network, NYU Democracy Project, GSAS International Relations Program, and Sulo: Philippine Studies Initiative at NYU

February
02
1:00pm - 7:30pm EST
Public
Date:
February 02, 2023
Time:
1:00pm - 7:30pm
Location:
NYU Wagner (Puck Building) - Rudin, 295 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10012

Democracy is under assault by a range of actors in South and Southeast Asia. This workshop aims to bring a comparative perspective to the "democratic recession" in these regions and to identify possible pathways forward.

1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Session 1: The Impact of Polarization and Majoritarianism on Democracy: India, Myanmar, and Indonesia
Speakers:
Kapil Komireddi, author of Malevolent Republic: A Short History of New India

David Thang Moe, Postdoctoral Associate at Yale University
Nava Nuraniyah, Australian National University PhD student and former analyst, Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict (IPAC), Indonesia
Presider:
Sidney Jones, Adjunct Associate Professor at the International Relations Program, New York University, and senior advisor to IPAC

2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Session 2: Democratic Decline in Southeast Asia: What are the Drivers and What Can be
Done?

Speakers:
Nava Nuraniyah, Australian National University PhD student and former analyst, Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict (IPAC),
Indonesia
Sheila Coronel, Toni Stabile Professor of Professional Practice in Investigative Journalism: Director, Toni Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism at Columbia University
Meredith Weiss, Professor of Political Science in the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy at the University at Albany, State University of New York
Presider:
Margaret Scott, Adjunct Associate Professor at the International Relations Program, New York University, and co-founder of
NYSEAN

4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Session 3: The Role of the Military and Insurgencies on Democratic Regression in Southeast Asia 
Speaker:
Sidney Jones, Adjunct Associate Professor at the International Relations Program, New York University
Presider:
John Gershman, Clinical Professor of Public Service at the Wagner School of Public Service, New York University, and co-founder of NYSEAN

6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Session 4: What can be done? What is the Role of External Powers in Addressing Democratic Backsliding?
Speakers:
Evan Laksmana, Senior Research Fellow with the Centre on Asia and Globalization at the National University of Singapore's Lee Kuan Yew School
Yun Sun, Senior Fellow and Co-Director of the East Asia Program and Director of the China Program, Stimson Center
Presider:
Ann Marie Murphy, Professor at the School of Diplomacy and International Relations, Seton Hall University, and co-founder of NYSEAN

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