Comparative Peacebuilding in Asia

Liberal and Illiberal Transitions from Ethnic Conflict and Authoritarianism

BUILDING A NEW ACADEMIC-POLICY BRIDGING NETWORK TO PROMOTE HIGH QUALITY COMPARATIVE SCHOLARSHIP

Unfolding the Possibilities through Collaborative Action

Universitas Gadjah Mada’s Center for Security and Peace Studies (CSPS) has organized an international seminar entitled “Comparative Peacebuilding in Asia: National Transitions from Ethnic Conflict and Authoritarianism” on December 8-11th, 2017. This is a collaboration event between CSPS UGM, Australian National University (ANU), and London School of Economics. 

Following a series of conferences in Myanmar, Sri Lanka, and Indonesia between 2015- 17, the final event in this series will be held in London on 25 June 2018. We seek to use this opportunity to address the larger debates and frameworks on peacebuilding, to interact with the policy community, and to engage with comparative experiences from other regions, particularly Africa.

RECENT DYNAMICS OF PEACEBUILDING IN ASIA

       Our work focus on Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Indonesia, Cambodia, Nepal, Northeast India, Timor-Leste and Thailand, all of which are at the cusp of a historic transformation but where the pathway to peace is often contested, fragile, and frequently illiberal. These processes include consolidating elite/military power, shrinking civil society space, fostering oligarchic/neo-patrimonial economies, and practicing rule by law and victor’s justice. 

      The project thus seeks to comparatively examines variations in illiberal peacebuilding across Asian states in terms of political, institutional, economic, legal, and social dynamics. By addressing Asian case studies, it addresses the pressing questions whether illiberal methods can create durable peace and openings for future liberalization by conducting inductive theory-building using multiple case studies in Asia, while also drawing on comparative studies of illiberal peacebuilding in Africa.

UPCOMING EVENT!

London Calling!

London Calling! Comparative Peacebuilding in Asia: Liberal and Illiberal Transitions from Ethnic Conflict and Authoritarianism Monday 25 June 2018 London School of Economics, UK In the last decade, there have been historic breakthroughs in protracted ethnic conflicts in south and south-east Asia, as countries like Nepal, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Indonesia and Timor-Leste, have entered a tenuous path from war to peace. These ‘post’ conflict countries are going through political, social and economic transformations that are not linear and liberal,

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