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Showing posts from February, 2016

New Authoritarianism in Asia

On 3-5 March,  Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung  and the Asian Political and International Studies Association (APISA) are organising a conference on New Authoritarianism in Asia at Ewha Womans University, South Korea. I will be speaking on " How Authoritarianism is Embedded in Law and Politics in Myanmar ".  Abstract: Myanmar is the most recent country in the region to have made significant gains in terms of its shift from complete authoritarian rule. Yet these reforms are inevitably limited by the 2008 Constitution that enshrines a permanent role for the military in governance, including as unelected members of parliament at the national and regional level. The first stage of this transition (2011-2015) under the leadership of President Thein Sein brought unprecedented changes for the country. Among these include the release of many political prisoners, relaxation of media regulations, greater freedom of association, a vigorous bicameral national parliament, a new Constitution

RSIS Seminar Series on Muslim Societies in Asia

Understanding Religious Diversity in Myanmar Wednesday, 24 February 2016, 3:30-5:00pm Dr Melissa Crouch, Lecturer, Law Faculty, University of New South Wales, Sydney Moderator: Associate Professor Farish (Badrol Hisham) Ahmad-Noor , Coordinator of PhD Programme, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies Venue: LHS Lecture Theatre, level 1, The Hive Nanyang Technological University 52 Nanyang Avenue Singapore 639816. Click here for location map Click here to register online Abstract: The anti-Muslim violence in Myanmar over the last few years has brought to the forefront the tensions between the state, society and Muslim communities. Much attention has been given to the large-scale migration and displacement of Muslims from Rakhine State, some of whom identify as Rohingya, which has placed pressure on neighbouring countries in South Asia and South-east Asia. However, there has been less scholarly attention on the diversity of Myanmar’s Muslim communities, the so

Dawn of a Democratic Era or Dialogue with Dictators in Myanmar?

This article was commissioned by  International IDEA  and was originally posted on  ConstitutionNet , IDEA’s online knowledge platform supporting constitution builders globally.  Read more Ever since the National League for Democracy won a significant victory in Myanmar’s November 2015 elections, attention has turned to who will become president for the next five years. This issue has generated a large amount of interest not only because the president holds a significant amount of power under the 2008 Constitution , but also because the most favoured person, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, cannot be nominated. The constitutional requirements for presidential nominees appear designed to explicitly exclude Aung San Suu Kyi. So who are the new leaders of Myanmar, how are they appointed and what constitutional challenges will they face moving forward? Electing new leaders The quality and skill of the country’s new leaders will determine the NLD’s impact, and this goes beyond the leade

Indonesian Studies Online

There are a fantastic range of dynamic blogs that cover Indonesia, some well-established and others new on the scene. I've been asked by a few people lately about existing resources, so thought I would list them here: Asian Studies Association of Australia ( ASAA ) – Indonesia Council – Jackie Bakker puts together a great monthly email list of new publications and events: , or see Inside Indonesia – a long-standing magazine on Indonesia now online  Indonesia at Melbourne ,  a new blog by the University of Melbourne that features interviews, news and opinions related to recent research,  Kyoto Review of Southeast Asia , a fantastic new blog that wins hands down for its efforts at communicating to a broad audience - it publishes articles in Hindi, Japanese, Indonesia and English!  New Mandala , a high profile academic online blog on mainland Southeast Asia, but often includes comments on Indonesia, ANU  And for Indonesian law specifi