Governance, Human Rights & Development: Challenges for Southeast Asia and Beyond (ICIRD)
|Event Date/Time: May 19, 2011||End Date/Time: May 20, 2011|
|Registration Date: May 19, 2011|
|Early Registration Date: Apr 15, 2011|
|Abstract Submission Date: Oct 30, 2010|
|Paper Submission Date: Mar 01, 2011|
New demands on the nation-state emerge from within as well. Often consistent with the issues mentioned above, internal actors (e.g. civil society, minorities, and media) add to the complexity of governance along social, ethnic, religious, and economic lines. Developing countries in Southeast Asia and beyond are thus faced with the dual challenge of 1) dealing with an ever more complex environment of actors and issues and 2) promoting economic growth and sustainable development while fulfilling human rights obligations.
The new network of actors poses threats, as well as opportunities to the societies of Southeast Asia. Although global institutions, such as WTO and IMF, effect binding international agreements without inclusion of national stakeholders, other transnational groupings may enhance the bargaining power of its members, such as ASEAN+3 on interests concerning countries along the Mekong river. Segments of national societies call into question the legitimacy of state power, as currently can be witnessed in Thailand (in the Deep South, as well as through anti-government rallies in Bangkok). Alternative ideas of governance in addition or in opposition to the state have been in existence across the region, and in many cases preceded the very notion of national unity and identity. At the same time, civil society raises crucial issues, whose persistence may erode societal integration in the long term, such as political and economic exclusion of segments of society.
In addition, pressing economic problems, such as wealth disparities, or economic crises, are no longer the sole responsibility of a developmental state. Instead, these issues are addressed through cooperation or competition of different actors. The ownership of resources, environmental degradation or concerns about corporate social responsibility in turn highlight the issue of economic governance.
This poses, among others, the following questions which are to be adressed in the First International Conference on International Relations and Developmen (ICIRD 2011):
- What are the effects of these trends for societies in Southeast Asia and in developing countries elsewhere?
- What are the institutional changes that are required to cope with these conditions?
- What are the comparative experiences of countries undergoing democratic transformations and institutional change?
- How can nation states and other governance actors address challenges to their legitimacy?