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Vol. XI No.1 Sunday June 24 - Saturday July 7, 2012

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ICIRD Conference 2012 at CMU

The ICIRD 2012 Conference ‘Towards an ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) - Prospects, Challenges and Paradoxes in Development, Governance and Human Security’ is organized the Regional Center for Social Science and Sustainable Development (RCSD) at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Chiang Mai University, in collaboration with the Faculty of Political Science at Thammasat University, the Master of Arts in International Development Studies Program at Chulalongkorn University and the Institute of Human Rights and Peace Studies at Mahidol University. The four institutes have formed into the ICIRD network aiming at serving as a knowledge sharing platform for issues associated with international relations, development, human rights and governance in the ASEAN region through annual conference, among other things.

The ICIRD 2012 will discuss the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) - aiming at generating a deeper and more rounded understanding of the regional development taking place therein, as well as seeking to challenge the premise of economic integration and trade liberalization, examine the human landscape and humanization of development within the AEC, and offer a forum in which concerns regarding the work of the AEC can be discussed and tackled seriously. Over 100 speakers across 32 diverse and engaging panel sessions will challenge the participants based on expert analyses of and insights into emerging issues and concerns within the AEC.

The conference panels will explore the political and economic influence of China in ASEAN, and its impacts. Also, sessions on ASEAN and human rights will ask difficult questions about human trafficking, asylum seekers and refugees, as well as migrant worker’s welfare, poverty, dispossession and inequality, plus civil society engagement. Furthermore, questions regarding national autonomy, religious and cultural identities and the construction of a new socio-cultural community will be addressed. The impacts of economic growth on the environment and natural resources, particularly the building of large-scale dams, will be scrutinized in the context of cross-border management and transnational investment, as well as national and regional regulatory and policy challenges, and environmental justice. The spotlight will also be turned on Myanmar as it transitions towards democracy, asking the question: Will Myanmar’s greater engagement with ASEAN and the increased global investment there improve livelihoods?

For information, please go to ICIRD Conference website (PR)

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ICIRD Conference 2012 at CMU




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