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- Envisaging a new South Asia
Dr. David Page, Aamir Ghauri, Ashutosh Shastri and Dr. Kiran Hassan
In the light of the information revolution in South Asia, regional economic challenges and overstretched energy resources in India and Pakistan, this discussion aims to encourage a reinvention of intellectual approaches towards South Asia and its upcoming challenges
- Sankara's Children: The Praxis and Legacies of Thomas Sankara
Dr. Amber Murrey
Thomas Sankara was one of the most confident and vocal anti-imperialists of the late 20th Century. His life and political praxis continue to be influential in shaping anti-imperial and Pan-African resistance across the African continent, including the protests across Burkina Faso in late October 2014.
- Of floating ghosts and red envelopes: Comparing party systems in Northeast Asia
Speaker: Dr Olli Hellmann
- The Rise of What? Rethinking China: Disciplinary Objects, the Agrarian Question and the Internationlization of the State
Dr. Mark Laffey
In this paper Dr. Mark Laffey explores the relations between urban and rural in China, highlighting the continuing centrality of the peasantry to the constitution of the Chinese state.
- Fighting Corruption in Asia’s Young Democracies: Taiwan and Korea Compared
Speaker: Prof Christian Göbel
- Insight Day at SOAS
An invitation only event for prospective undergraduate students who have received an offer from SOAS
- The Outsider Advantage: Why Liminal Actors Rise to System-Wide Domination
Professor Daniel Nexon
In this paper, we intervene in this debate by scrutinizing a particular process, in which an outside or liminal actor successfully establishes system-wide domination—thereby transforming a previously anarchical system into a hegemonic or imperial order.
- Going to the Ground (or Astroturf): A Grassroots View of Regime Resilience
Dr. Meredith Weiss
While disproportional access to electoral resources and curbs on civil and political rights clearly matter to the persistence of electoral-authoritarian regimes, long-term acculturation to political norms and modes of governance on the ground further complicate these regimes' transformation. Singapore and Malaysia, the world's most durable examples of electoral authoritarianism, exemplify this pattern
- Democracies with Large Muslim Populations: Reflections on Indonesia, India, Senegal and Tunisia
Professor Alfred Stepan
Democracies with Large Muslim Populations: Reflections on Indonesia, India, Senegal and Tunisia
- Beyond the Pale: The Earliest Agrarian States and “their Barbarians”
Professor James C. Scott
The "Golden Age of Barbarians"