Coffee & Conversation | Droughts, Floods & Food: Nontraditional Security Threats in Southeast Asia

Friday, March 31, 2017 (1:00 PM – 2:30 PM)
Tower Center Board Room, Room 227, Carr Collins Hall (map)


Countries in Southeast Asia face problems having to do with food security, water security, climate change, migration and the spread of infectious diseases.  How well have countries in the region been able to cooperate to solve these common problems?  And, what are the potential sources of problems stemming from these issues?  This project finds that countries have often found cooperation difficult for both domestic and regional reasons.  Weak governance structures within countries, weak regional organizations such as ASEAN, and a lack of regional leadership have hampered cooperation on these critical issues.  Thus, the likelihood of better cooperation to solve these looming problems is unfortunately low.

Join us March 31 for coffee and cookies to discuss these issues!


Amy Freedman is professor and department chair of Political Science and International Studies at Long Island University, and she is an associate research scholar at the Weatherhead East Asian Institute at Columbia University, NY.  She was previously on the faculty at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, PA.  Professor Freedman earned her Ph.D. from New York University. Professor Freedman’s research looks at the intersection of international relations and domestic politics in Southeast Asia.  She is the author of numerous books and articles.  She has a forthcoming book co-authored with Ann Marie Murphy entitled:  Nontraditional Security Threats in Southeast Asia and recent work includes articles on democracy in Indonesia and Malaysia in The Global Studies Journal, and Asian Affairs. She is also the author of “Religious Minorities in Southeast Asia: The Ahmadiyya and Why Tolerance Matters for Modernity and Democracy,”  a chapter in Modernity, Religion and Democracy, edited by Vidhu Varma for Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2017.  Previous work includes research on the political fallout from the 1997 financial crisis.  Dr. Freedman has also served as an analyst for Freedom House’s Freedom and the Word report for Malaysia and Singapore, and she has consulted for various intelligence agencies.


The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required.

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