PoS Department Co-sponsors Colloquium on Political Economy in PH and Asia

January 10, 2018

The Department of Political Science participates in a colloquium entitled “The Changing Political Economy of the Philippines and Asia: Comparative Perspectives” last October 20, 2017, at the GT-Toyota Auditorium, Asian Center, University of the Philippines-Diliman Campus, Quezon City. The event intends to “examine emerging development problems, patterns and paradigms and to examine and update analytical frameworks identified with Southeast Asian and Asian development.” Both faculty and students of the Department presented their research projects to this colloquium.
Dr. Maria Elissa J. Lao moderated a panel on Social Policy and Inclusive Growth. In this same panel, Ms. Carmel V. Abao, presented on “Gender Roles in Disaster Management: Stories from Southeast Asian Communities”—a summative offshoot of the Department’s Thematic Study on Women Affected by National Disasters project (in partnership with the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights). Mr. Clyde Gacayan, a graduate student of the Department (also serving as faculty of the University of the Philippines-Visayas) similarly presented a well-received study entitled “Is There an Asian-Style War on Drugs?”, which compared the current “war on drugs policy” of the Duterte regime vis-à-vis Indonesia, Myanmar, Thailand, Taiwan, South Korea and Hong Kong. Finally, in a separate panel on States and Markets, Mr. Hansley Juliano presented an institutional critique of ASEAN’s economic integration project in the paper “Leap Forward? National Interests and Regional Stakes in the ASEAN Economic Community”.

The colloquium was organized by the UP Asian Center; the Department of Political Science, Ateneo de Manila University; the Department of Political Science, University of the Philippines-Diliman; and the ASEAN Studies Center, New Era University.