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2019 Shorenstein Journalism Award Panel Discussion with Maria Ressa

June 26, 2019

RSVP Now2019 Shorenstein Journalism Award Recipient Maria Ressa to Headline Award Panel DiscussionMaria Ressa, winner of the 2019 Shorenstein Award, is an internationally-esteemed journalist and...

The Possible Approaches for Defusing Tensions in the South China Sea: A Taiwanese Perspective

September 8, 2015

In this talk, Wellington Shih will provide a historical and legal overview of the Republic of China’s territorial claims in the South China Sea.

Do National Human Rights Institutions Work?

November 14, 2013

Abstract:  Do human rights institutions work?

The Egyptian Revolution, Two Years Later: A Civil Society Perspective

February 11, 2013

This event is presented by CDDRL and the Program on Arab Reform and Democracy Esraa Abdel Fattah is Vice-Chairman at the Egyptian Democratic Academy.

The Conflict in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo: A Conversation with Steve Hege

December 4, 2012

The Program on Human Rights at CDDRL, the Center for African Studies and Student Anti-Genocide Coalition STAND are honored to host Steve Hege for this special seminar.

The Chinese Naval Role in the Pacific and the American Response

May 30, 2012

***PLEASE NOTE DATE CHANGE*** Maritime issues are increasingly at the heart of security issues between the United States and China.

Anti-trafficking Approaches: A Description of What Works and What Doesn’t

February 22, 2012

Jean Enriquez is the Executive Director of the Coalition Against Trafficking Women-Asia-Pacific. Ms.

Building Institutions under Foreign Occupation: Police Reform in Colonial Taiwan versus the Philippines

January 19, 2012

Abstract: What explains the success and failure of institution-building under foreign occupations?

How Does Democracy Lead to Transparency?: Enacting Freedom of Information Laws around the World

November 17, 2011

Abstract That democratic governments tend to be more transparent than autocracies is a relatively well-established fact.

Fourth Wave or False Start? Democracy After the Arab Spring

November 8, 2011

The decades-long political winter in the Arab world seemed to be thawing early this year as mass protests toppled Tunisian President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and...

How Good is the China-ASEAN Free Trade Agreement -- and Good for Whom?: A Philippine View

February 24, 2011

On January 1, 2010, China and the ten-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) finally, formally launched a China-ASEAN Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) that encompasses nearly two billion...

Database of Political Institutions

October 14, 2010

Philip Keefer is a Lead Research Economist in the Development Research Group of the World Bank. Since receiving his PhD in Economics from Washington University at St.

Prospects for a Regional Human Rights Court in Southeast Asia

November 4, 2009

Carolyn A. Mercado is a senior program officer with The Asia Foundation in the Philippines. In this position she manages the Law and Human Rights program.

A Stake in the Heart of Lipset's Law? Indonesia versus Modernization Theory

April 8, 2009

Seymour Martin Lipset famously claimed that the more well-to-do a nation is, the greater the chance that it will sustain democracy.  This "law" fits the experience of several countries in Northeast...

Late Democratizers? Developmentalism in Pacific Asia

March 2, 2009

Some theorists of modernization have influentially claimed that successful "late industrialization" led by developmental states creates economies too complex, social structures too differentiated,...

Democratization in the Middle East: A Provisional Assessment

February 5, 2009

Agenda 8:15-8:45 am Coffee, light breakfast for participants 8:45-8:50 am Opening remarks; goals of the workshop (Olivier Roy, Larry Diamond) 8:50-10:30 Stable Autocracies?

The Oil and The Glory: The Pursuit of Empire and fortune on the Caspian Sea

November 6, 2007

Steve LeVine spent 11 years as a foreign correspondent in Central Asia and the Caucasus during a pivotal time in the region's history immediately following the Soviet collapse.

Globalization for Whom? Market Discipline and Corporate Subsidy in the Era of Transnational Hyper-Capitalism

March 16, 2007

Sameer Dossani is director of "50 Years is Enough: U.S. Network for Global Economic Justice", a coalition of over 200 U.S.


Erik Jensen Senior Research Scholar, CDDRL Professor of the Practice, Law