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Politics in Action: Updates from Southeast Asia

Political updates from across Southeast Asia

Bringing you political updates from selected countries in Southeast Asia.

Our invited experts will provide current political updates on selected Southeast Asian states, providing individual country updates as well as space to discuss the broader implications of political issues beyond national borders. Drawing upon expertise from around the world, this roundtable will bring you up-to-date with the latest political developments across Southeast Asia.

When: 9.45am (for 10am start)–4.30pm, Friday 19 May 2017

In 2017, the forum will focus on:

  • Indonesia
  • Myanmar
  • Philippines
  • Thailand
  • Timor Leste
  • Vietnam

We have an exciting line-up of speakers confirmed for the day. Speakers include:

Professor Duncan McCargo (University of Leeds)
Professor Ardeth Maung Thawngh (University of Massachusetts, Lowell)
Dr Aries Arugay (University of the Philippines, Diliman)
Dr Maj Nygaard-Christensen (Aarhus University)
Dr Nicole Curato (University of Canberra)
Dr Patrick Jory (University of Queensland)
Dr Paul Schuler (University of Arizona)
Mr Thomas Power (Australian National University)

Download the Politics in Action 2017 booklet (PDF, 371KB)

The roundtable will begin with remarks from Professor Duncan McCargo, who will present an overview of political trends and emerging patterns in the region.

Each of our country-specialists will speak for 20 minutes, allowing 10 minutes for audience questions, debate and discussion. Each of our experts has been instructed to pitch their talk to an interested, but not necessarily academic, audience so the talks can be enjoyed by a diverse audience. Come for one, stay for all!

Our event will wrap-up with comments from Dr Nicole Curato, who will reflect on the day’s proceedings and give the audience some key take-away messages from the day.






Arrive for 10am start


Welcome and opening remarks  

Prof Michele Ford

Sydney Southeast Asia Centre, University of Sydney


Keynote address

Prof Duncan McCargo

University of Leeds


Morning tea


Session 1

Timor Leste

Dr Maj Nygaard-Christensen 

Aarhus University


Prof Ardeth Maung Thawngh

University of Massachusetts, Lowell




Session 2


Dr Aries Arugay

University of the Philippines, Diliman


Thomas Power

Australian National University


Afternoon tea


Session 3


Dr Paul Schuler

Arizona State University


Dr Patrick Jory

University of Queensland



Dr Nicole Curato

University of Canberra


Free event open to the public with online registration. Please confirm your attendance for planning and catering purposes.

While we encourage you to stay for the entire program, those pressed for time are welcome to attend certain sessions relevant to your interests.

Associated Events

There are two associated events occurring in conjunction with this forum. If you are a current postgraduate student or an early career researcher, please feel free to also apply for our professional development workshops:

Postgraduate Students: Jobs in academia
Early Career Researchers Day