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Ethnicity, Identity and Economy in Multi-Ethnic Malaysia

May 2, 2016  ·  12:00 p.m. 1:20 p.m.  ·  219 Aaron Burr Hall

Speaker: Dr T.K. Koh (Princeton ’70)
Former Minister of Malaysia and Chief Minister of Penang State

Comments by Tom Pepinsky, Cornell; and Dan Slater, University of Chicago

Malaysia, with an ethnically, culturally and religiously diverse population of Malay/Muslims and other natives (called “Bumiputera,” 62%), Chinese (23%), Indians (8%) and others, has gone through a torturous, yet relatively peaceful, process of forging a coalition of basically ethnic-based political parties, gaining independence from British colonial rule in 1957, and attaining an upper-middle income economy based on primary commodities, oil and gas, export-oriented manufacturing, tourism and services. 

However, ethnic-based politics has long been contentious, especially relating to a policy of affirmative action in favour of the Bumiputeras through an ethnic-based quota system in public higher education and the state’s imposition of a national culture based on Malay culture and Islam since 1970 - 1971. 

T.K. Koh will share his experience on how he, as a youth leader and an elected Member of the Malaysian Federal Parliament in the 80s and as the elected Chief Minister of the State of Penang for four consecutive terms (1990 - 2008), participated in the negotiation for a private-sector role in providing more opportunities in higher education for all, not based on quotas, and for a more open and inclusive approach to culture by using cultural diversity as an asset for promoting tourism and social cohesion.  He will highlight progress made and problems faced, in pursuing such a pragmatic approach, with possible lessons for other diverse nation-states.

Tsu-Koon (“T.K.”) Koh, AB (physics) Princeton ’70 and PhD (comparative education) Chicago ’77; lecturer and deputy dean of education, University of Science, Malaysia (1975 - 1982); elected member of Malaysian Parliament (1982); elected Penang State legislator and appointed Chief Minister (1990), re-elected for three more terms until 2008; appointed senator and Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (2009 - 2013); Since 2013, Pro-Chancellor of Wawasan Open University, an online university based in Penang, Malaysia.

Risks and Rewards of Complexity in the Global Supply Chain

May 2, 2016  ·  4:30 p.m. 6:00 p.m.  ·  219 Aaron Burr Hall

PIIRS Research Community on Global Systemic Risk
David Sardar, management and operations consultant

Europe, the US, and Internet Regulation

May 4, 2016  ·  12:15 p.m. 1:15 p.m.  ·  023 Robertson Hall

European Union Program
Frederic Martel, RadioFrance, Slate

Organized by the EU Program, co-sponsored by the Program in Contemporary European Politics and Society

Universal salvation and bureaucracy: A short history of the making of the modern Chinese pantheon

May 4, 2016  ·  4:30 p.m. 6:00 p.m.  ·  Jones Hall, Room 202

East Asian Studies Department
Vincent Goossart, École pratique des Hautes Études

Business and Politics in India

May 6, 2016  ·  8:30 a.m. 5:30 p.m.  ·  216 Aaron Burr Hall

Organizer: Atul Kohli
Over the last three decades politics in India has been transformed fundamentally in a pro-business direction. State commitment to socialism and redistribution has been replaced by the goal of growth promotion via support for private enterprise. Unlike in many other developing (or socialist) countries, this important shift in India has been incremental – within the frame of democracy and without any dramatic regime change – and has led to a political strengthening within India of indigenous – instead of foreign – capital. How this shift has come about and the implications of such a shift for governing India’s giant political economy are the key themes that we will analyze in this project.  We hope to bring together leading scholars of Indian politics, society and economy, so as to produce a tightly argued volume of high quality.
Cosponsored by The Center for International and Regional Studies; The Project on Democracy and Development

Eighth Annual Princeton Workshop on European Integration

May 13, 2016  ·  8:30 a.m. 6:00 p.m.  ·  TBD

European Union Program

Diffusion Beyond Convergence

May 13, 2016  ·  9:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.  ·  216 Aaron Burr Hall

A May 13 & 14 workshop of the Fung Global Fellows Program, convened by the 2014-15 cohort of Fellows.
Open to Princeton faculty and students.

Patterns of Inclusion in Latin America: A New Incorporation?

May 20, 2016  ·  8:30 a.m. 2:00 p.m.  ·  216 Aaron Burr Hall

Organizers: Deborah Yashar, Princeton; Diana Kapiszewski, Georgetown Univ.; Steve Levitsky, Harvard
We propose a conference examining what has been called the “new incorporation” in Latin America: efforts over the last 15-20 years by leftist parties, unions, populist leaders, social movements, and other actors to mobilize previously marginalized citizens and groups. The conference will focus on conceptualizing and explaining these processes. First, conference participants will seek to better conceptualize the “new incorporation” by examining the various forms it has taken across the region, and comparing and contrasting these patterns with those of the “old” incorporation of organized labor in the mid-20th century. Second and critically, participants will explore the political, economic, and social factors that contributed to generating these contemporary processes. The conference will also consider, if more speculatively, some of the implications of the “new incorporation” for regimes and state society relations. The papers presented at the conference will be subsequently assembled into an edited volume. The conference and proposed volume will be dedicated to Ruth and David Collier, who wrote the seminal book on the "old" incorporation; and who moreover trained a generation of leading scholars working on Latin American politics.
Cosponsors: The Princeton Institute for International & Regional Studies; The Mamdouha S. Bobst Center for Peace & Justice; The Project on Democracy & Development

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