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San Francisco Event: The Future of Democracy in Southeast Asia

January 30, 2008

This program will bring together some of the world’s leading experts on Southeast Asia and democracy to consider critical questions facing the region. Has the American model of democracy become tarnished in Asia, and is the Chinese model of authoritarian capitalism of growing appeal and significance? What are the dimensions and implications of Islamicization for Southeast Asia? What are the prospects for cleaning up notoriously corrupt party politics? Will the military ever be driven out of politics in places like Thailand and thePhilippines ? Is the American-led “war on terror” helping stabilize politics in the region, or is it exacerbating already serious problems? What do these developments mean for U.S. foreign policy and American influence in Asia?


Kishore Mahbubani, one of Asia ‘s leading public intellectuals, is author of the forthcoming The New Asian Hemisphere: the Irresistible Shift of Global Power to the East; and Can Asians Think? and Beyond the Age of Innocence: Rebuilding Trust Between America and the World. Now the Dean and Professor of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore, he served for 33 years as a diplomat for Singapore.

Larry Diamond is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and the author or editor of more than twenty books, including Squandered Victory: The American Occupation and the Bungled Effort to Bring Democracy to Iraq, and the newly-released The Spirit of Democracy: The Struggle to Build Free Societies Throughout the World.

Donald K. Emmerson has written or edited more than a dozen books and monographs on Southeast Asian politics, including the forthcoming Hard Choices: Security, Democracy, and Regionalism in Southeast Asia and Indonesia Beyond Suharto. His latest publication is titled “Challenging ASEAN” (Jan 2008). He is a senior fellow at Stanford University, where he also heads the Southeast Asia Forum.

Douglas Bereuter (moderator) is president of The Asia Foundation. He assumed his current position after 26 years of service in the U.S. Congress, where he was one of that body’s leading authorities on Asian affairs and international relations.

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5:30 pm Registration/Reception/Book signing

6:00 – 7:30 pm Program


Merchant Exchange Building

Julia Morgan Ballroom

465 California Street, 15th Floor

San Francisco, California

With special guests: Kishore Mahbubani, Larry Diamond, and Donald K. Emmerson

Moderated by Douglas Bereuter

To register for this event, please click here.

Co-sponsored by the Asia Society Northern California, Business Executives for National Security, Stanford University Southeast Asia Forum, UC Berkeley Center for Southeast Asian Studies, USF Center for the Pacific Rim and the World Affairs Council.


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