A lecture by Professor Michael Leigh, University of Melbourne
Malaysia is strategically located at a crucible of conflict. Many leaders of Jemaah Islamiah spent years within its boundaries. Yet its Government has a distinctly Western authoritarian political control, and has transformed its economy to one bonded closely to the USA/California. This paper discusses the contemporary leadership transitions and the underlying challenges of legitimacy based upon religion, race and region. The international, regional and domestic context are pivotal for this modern 'model' Southeast Asian Islamic nation.
Michael Leigh has recently been appointed to the newly created Chair of Contemporary Asia at the University of Melbourne, and is Acting Director of the Melbourne Institute of Asian Languages and Societies. Previously he had been Director of the Institute of East Asian Studies, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, Head of the Department of Government, University of Sydney and Project Leader of the Social Science Development Program throughout Indonesian Universities and Islamic Institutes. His PhD is from Cornell University and his publications are on political economy, resource politics and political change in Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei, Singapore and Southeast Asia.
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Cost: Free and open to the public.
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Sponsor(s): Center for Southeast Asian Studies