Democracy and Political Development in Asia
Where: Asia Society and Museum
725 Park Ave.
212-288-6400 Price: Students/Seniors $30; General $40
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2018 marks the 150th anniversary of Japan’s Meiji Restoration, an important period in Japanese history credited for ushering in an era of major political and social change. The subsequent transformation during the Meiji period resulted in Japan’s modernization and democratic transition. This program will discuss political transitions in Indonesia and Myanmar, each of which face crucial challenges in shaping the future of their democratic practices. Through examining democratic transitions, the panel of experts will address issues related to interaction between democracies and authoritarian regimes that continue to influence the future of the region.
Dewi Fortuna Anwar is a leading analyst on Indonesia’s foreign policy and democratization, as well as on ASEAN and regional political and security issues. She currently serves as deputy for government policy support in the Secretariat of the Vice President and research professor at the Centre for Politics, Indonesian Institute of Sciences (P2P-LIPI). She has held numerous senior positions, including assistant minister/state secretary for foreign affairs and deputy secretary for political affairs during President BJ Habibie’s administration.
Takako Hikotani is Gerald L. Curtis Associate Professor of Modern Japanese Politics and Foreign Policy. She previously taught at the National Defense Academy of Japan, where she was Associate Professor, and lectured at the Ground Self Defense Force and Air Self Defense Force Staff Colleges, and the National Institute for Defense Studies. Her research focus on civil-military relations and Japanese domestic politics, Japanese foreign policy, and comparative civil-military relations.
Derek Mitchell is senior advisor to the Asia Program at the U.S. Institute of Peace and at Allbright Stonebridge Group. In 2012, he was appointed as the first U.S. ambassador to the Republic of the Union of Myanmar (Burma) in 22 years. Previous positions include, serving as the State Department’s first special representative and policy coordinator for Myanmar in 2011, working as principal deputy assistant secretary of defense concerning Northeast, Southeast and Central Asia, from 2009 to 2011. He was also senior fellow and director of the Asia Division of the International Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
Daniel Russel is diplomat in residence and senior fellow at the Asia Society Policy Institute. A career member of the Senior Foreign Service at the U.S. Department of State, he served until recently as the assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs. Prior to his appointment as assistant secretary, he served at the White House as special assistant to the president and National Security Council’s senior director for Asian affairs. During his tenure there, he helped formulate President Obama’s strategic rebalance to the Asia-Pacific region.Buy tickets/get more info now