HPI Research Forum on April 24, 2017

Comparing the Role of the Military in the Politics of Southeast Asia″ 

 By Robert H. Taylor, Visiting Research Fellow at the Center for Southeast Asian Studies at Kyoto University/Visiting Senior Research Fellow at ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute, Singapore

 

The Hiroshima Peace Institute held an HPI Research Forum as follows:

 

               

                   

1. Topic
"Comparing the Role of the Military in the Politics of Southeast Asia" 

     

2. Date and Time
April 24, 2017 (Mon.) 18:30-20:30

 

3. Venue
Seminar Room 2, Satellite Campus, Hiroshima City University

4-1-1 Otemachi, Nakaku, Hiroshima

9F Otemachi Heiwa Building

 

4. Abstract of the Forum

Since the end of the Cold War, there has been a general trend toward the establishment of civilian regimes in the formerly militarily governed countries of Southeast Asia.  The obvious exception at the moment is Thailand.  Indonesia and Myanmar have transitioned to civilian led regimes and the Philippines has managed to fend off attempts to overthrow civilian governments.  That, however, does not mean that the armies of these and other Southeast Asian governments are under the firm control of civilian authorities.  Indeed, the opposite may, in part, be the case.  Examining the political role of the military comparatively, in the light of historical parallels in European history, remains a fruitful endeavor.  Professor Taylor’s lecture will focus on these concerns and their implications for the future of the military in Southeast Asian politics.

 

5. Profile of Robert H. Taylor

Robert H. Taylor graduated from Cornell University with a Ph.D. (Government) in 1974. He previously taught at the University of Sydney and was Professor of Politics at the School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London) before serving as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Buckingham.  He is currently a Visiting Research Fellow at the Center for Southeast Asian Studies at Kyoto University, and since 2013 he has also been a frequent Visiting Senior Research Fellow at ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute, Singapore.  His publications have primarily been studies of aspects of the politics of Myanmar but he has contributed to several standard textbooks on modern Southeast Asian history.  The State in Myanmar (NUS Press, 2009) and General Ne Win: A Political Biography (ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute, 2015) are among his major works.