INAF-366 Democracy and Human Rights in Southeast Asia
Fall for 2007-2008
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Southeast Asia has the widest spectrum of political systems of any region in the world. This seminar will track emerging trends in the region, which encourage (or impede) the development of more democratic systems and the protection of human rights. Through a series of case studies, individual countries will be examined in light of their own unique political histories, but also with regard to international norms of democracy and human rights an the impact of globalization. In addition, three cross-cutting issues in Southeast Asia will be considered: the political consequences of the 1997-98 economic crisis; the rise and role of political Islam; and the growing demand for accountability, for both human rights abuse and political corruption. Students will pursue individual projects to assess the prospects for political change in a Southeast Asian country of their choice.
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