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Seminar on “An Absent Elephant? The US in Southeast Asia”

In this seminar, Dr Donald Emmerson revisits a familiar analogy: "When the elephants fight, the grass suffers. When the elephants make love, the grass also suffers.” He urges the retirement of this hackneyed Cold War parable, notwithstanding the contention of some that the Southeast Asian grass is now trapped in…
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Seminar on “Religious Mobilisation in 2017 Jakarta Gubernatorial Election: Empirical Study of Identity Politics”

In this seminar, Dr Wahyu Prasetyawan presented his paper on a quantitative analysis to understand the increasing influence of identity politics in the gubernatorial Jakarta election by examining empirical data from Village Potential Statistics (PODES) of Indonesia’s Central Bureau of Statistics (BPS) and voting data from the General Election Commission…
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Seminar on “Dispossession and Perpetual Mobility amidst Agrarian Change in Myanmar Today”

Combining rural and urban fieldwork of Myanmar with consideration of historical changes in the political economy, Dr Elliott Prasse-Freeman focuses on displacement as a perverse state ‘development’ strategy in which labourers help transform environments.
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Seminar on “Soft But Spiky Power: Can the Durian Go Global?”

In this seminar, Dr Gaik Cheng Khoo talks about China’s growing appetite for Malaysia’s durians and explores aspects of the Malaysian durian’s identity that differentiates itself from Thai varieties that dominate the global market.
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