Friday Forum Fall Semester 2006-07

September 8, 2006 - Ian Coxhead (Ag. Econ., UW-Madison)
Vietnam's WTO Accession: Process, Progress and Prospects
In May 2006, Vietnam and the U.S. agreed to terms under which the U.S. would support Vietnam's bid to join the WTO. What does Vietnam stand to gain from WTO accession? What sacrifices has it made to achieve this? In 2000, Vietnam and the U.S. had signed a bilateral trade agreement. Why were new talks required? How important to Vietnam are economic relations with the US? How will WTO accession interact with the doi moi reform program?

September 15, 2006 - Paul Handley (Journalist)
The King Never Smiles: The Politics of Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej
In 60 years on the throne, Thailand's venerable King Bhumibol has established an image as being above politics and as an independent force for liberal democratic values. Handley, whose recent biography of the king was banned in Thailand, will talk about how Bhumibol created this image, all the while playing an active and highly conservative political role which has stifled democratic development.

September 22, 2006 - Kris Olds (Geography, UW-Madison)
Global Assemblage: Singapore, Western Universities, and the Socio-Economic Development Process
This talk focuses on the critical role of academic freedom as an underlying factor in the globalization of education services, and global knowledge flows. This issue is explored via an analysis of the 1997 to present creation of opportunities for the provision of new foreign-led or foreign-linked "education services", especially Western higher education services, in Singaporean space.

September 29, 2006 - Wilfrido Villacorta (Professor Emeritus, De La Salle University)
ASEAN: A Continuing Experiment in Regioncraft
The institutional development of ASEAN is a process of managing the diversity of its member countries--the differences in political systems, cultures, economic development, geo-strategic traits, and foreign relations. As ASEANís former Deputy Secretary-General, Villacorta examines what binds member countries, and the implications for the Asia-Pacific regionís future.

October 6, 2006 - Terence Lee (Political Science Ph.D., UW-Madison & Post-Doc. Fellow, Harvard University)
Crackdown? The Military and Regime Maintenance in Indonesia, the Philippines and Thailand
In a political crisis, under what conditions will militaries comply with an authoritarian regime? order to suppress demonstrations and protect the regime? The presentation analyzes the cases of military non-compliance to the task of regime maintenance during the October 1973 Thailand, February 1986 Philippines, and May 1998 Indonesia political crises in which major demonstrations led to the collapse of the Thanom and Praphat, Marcos and Suharto regimes, respectively. The presentation also examines why the Thai military complied with orders to put down pro-democracy demonstrations in May 1992.

October 13, 2006 - James Ockey (NIU)
Identity and the Religio-nationalist pilgrimages of Haji Sulong Abdulkadir al Fattani

October 20, 2006 - No Friday Forum

October 27, 2006 - Eric Tagliacozzo (Associate Professor of History, Cornell University)
Remembering Devotion: Oral History and the Pilgrimage to Mecca from Southeast Asia 
This talk explores the pilgrimage to Mecca (or Hajj) through oral history testimonies of Muslims from many countries in Southeast Asia. The talk is the last chapter of an ongoing book project which is attempting to write the history of the Hajj from this huge and extremely diverse region.
Room Change: 8411 Social Sciences

November 3, 2006 - Thongchai Winichakul (History, UW-Madison)
Conversations with the Perpetrators
Thirty years after the October 1976 massacre in Bangkok, how do those who involved in the killing look back and talk about their roles in the incident? What are "patterns" of their views of the past? Is there any revealing truth? What is the future of the memory of the massacre?

November 10, 2006 - No Friday Forum

November 17, 2006 - Nonglak Rojanasaeng (Development Studies, UW-Madison)
Problems and Prospects of Adaptive Co-Management (ACM) of the Fishing Communities in Phangnga Bay, Southern Thailand.
There is now evidence that the plan for ACM is both feasible and applicable, and that the present conditions are conducive to such planning in at least three areas--in resource management, in a capable local community, and in the support and collaboration with stakeholders.

November 24, 2006 - No Friday Forum (Thanksgiving break Nov 23-26)

December 1, 2006 - Erick Danzer (UW-Madison)
Rise of the Farmers: Democratization and Agricultural Politics in Indonesia
In this talk, Erick Danzer describes key patterns of agricultural politics during the New Order as well as how those patterns have changed since 1998. In particular, he shows how the political position of farmers has improved as a result of economic and political liberalization.

December 8, 2006 - Mary McCoy
When Stories Get Legs: Baligate, Bulogate and All the Gates
The talk addresses the question of why some stories, and notothers, get legs. Cases from both the US and Indonesia provide a key to understanding the narrative arc of non-proprietary coverage of scandal.

December 15, 2006 - Last class day: No Friday Forum