Can democracy work in the Asia Pacific?

Public Forum




Finkel Lecture Theatre, John Curtin School of Medical Research (131), Garran Road, ANU


Monday, 1 July, 2013 - 08:45 to 10:30

Democracy is widely held to be the best political model available, and the most effective at modernising a nation. However is democracy really suited to the Asia-Pacific region? Does democracy conflict with Asian values or its social and institutional frameworks? This ‘Q and A’ session will explore democracy in the Asia Pacific region by tackling a multitude of thought-provoking questions head on. Should democracy be adopted by states in Asia? Can it work in this context? Does the potential exist for successful implementation? And finally, is there a better alternative?

Emeritus Professor Peter Drysdale (a member of the Australia in the Asian Century White Paper Strategic Advisory Board) will chair the panel which will feature presentations from:

> Dr Susan Harris-Rimmer, Director of Studies at the Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy, author of
Gender and Transitional Justice: The Women of Timor Leste (2010) and recipient of the Audre Rapoport Prize for Scholarship on the Human Rights of Women (2006).

> Dr Ben Reilly, Professor of Political Science and Director of Policy and Governance program at Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU.

> Dr Stephen Sherlock, Director of the Centre for Democratic Institutions.

> Dr Ronald Holmes, Associate Professor at De La Sille University, President/ Managing Fellow at Pulse Asia Inc., former Acting Executive Director at the Phillippine Social Science Council.

>Mr Fei Chen, Delegate at Asia Pacific Week 2013, PhD Candidate at the University of Tokyo.

This public forum is free and is presented by the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific as part of Asia Pacific Week 2013.

Asia Pacific Week is an annual student-driven conference which examines key issues and trends in the region. More information on Asia Pacific Week 2013 is available here.

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Michael Tan
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