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Democracy and Political Development in Asia
In the 150 years since the Meiji Restoration kicked off major political reform in Japan, similar processes of governmental transition and democratization have swept through virtually every corner of Asia. This program will discuss the recent political transitions in Indonesia, Myanmar, and East Timor, each of which face crucial challenges in shaping the future of their democracies. Through examining these nations, the panel of experts will address issues of ethnic division, the empowerment of extremists, and interaction between democracies and authoritarian regimes that will undoubtedly be foundational in the future of the region.

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