Politics and Civil Society in Southeast Asia: The Case of Organized Labour and Indonesia’s ElectionsDate Tue, 16 Jul 2019Time 18:00 – 19:30Location The Glover Cottages, 124-134 Kent St, Millers Point NSW 2000
Southeast Asia has entered what some observers have described as a period of democratic recession, with the emergence of figures like the Philippines’ Duterte, the resurgence of authoritarian practices in Cambodia, and ongoing human rights abuses against the Rohingya in Myanmar. Even Indonesia, where democratic elections are now relatively entrenched, has experienced serious challenges in relation to civil and political rights, especially in relation to women and the LGBT community, in recent years.
To what extent have civil society groups responded by seeking to influence the outcomes of elections in ways that protect the democratic project and/or further the interests of the communities they represent? The case of Indonesia’s labour movement is instructive. During the Suharto era, the official trade union was strictly prohibited from engaging with political parties...More >
- Date Tue, 23 Jul 2019Time 18:00 – 19:30Location The Glover Cottages, 124-134 Kent St, Millers Point NSW 2000
On any objective measure, the Middle East should be well down the list of Australian foreign and defence policy priorities. And so it is. Successive foreign policy and defence White Papers in the past 30 years have focused on Australian strategic interests in terms of our immediate region (South East Asia and the South West Pacific); the larger area adjoining it (North Asia, the East Indian Ocean and South Asia); and our key relationships with the US, China, Indonesia and Japan.
Yet we have been involved militarily in the wider Middle East (in conflict and peace keeping roles) more than in any other region of the world over the past century. Why?
Ian Parmeter will examine:More >