International Aid in Southeast Asia: Empowering Change or Perpetuating the Status Quo?


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Asia Pacific Security Seminar

When: Apr 7 2011 (All day)
Where: Washington, DC: East-West Center in Washington, Sixth Floor Conference Room


Dr. Sheila Nair
Visiting Fellow, East-West Center in Washington
Professor of Politics and International Affairs, Northern Arizona University

International aid has been critical in supporting non-state actors in Southeast Asia, specifically non-governmental organizations (NGOs) active in development and related issue areas, such as public health, food security, the environment, and human rights. Along with growing concern regarding the volume of aid flows, accountability, and implementation of aid dollars, there has also been heightened interest in the complicated relationship between national and local NGOs, who are typically aid recipients in many developing countries, and aid donors. In this presentation, Dr. Sheila Nair will explore and highlight some key aspects of this relationship, especially in reference to international aid discourses, and the role of NGOs as aid recipients and intermediaries in these discourses, drawing from examples in three countries: Malaysia, Cambodia, and Indonesia. In addition, Dr. Nair will touch upon the question of compatibility between international aid strategies and the needs of aid's ultimate beneficiaries.

Thursday, April 7
12:00 P.M. – 1:15 P.M.
Lunch will be served.

East-West Center in Washington
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This event is free and open to the public.

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Sheila Nair is presently a visiting fellow at the East-West Center in Washington and is also a professor of politics and international affairs at Northern Arizona University, specializing in international relations and comparative politics with a regional focus on Southeast Asia. Dr. Nair's work on a range of topics, including labor migration and migrants' rights in Malaysia; political reform, state-civil society relations, and nationalism in Malaysia; and the Burma and East Timor human rights campaigns, has been featured in journals such as Critical Asian Studies, Global Society, and Millennium: Journal of International Studies. She has written chapters for several edited volumes and is also co-editor of two books, the latest of which is International Relations and States of Exception (Routledge, 2010). Dr. Nair received a PhD in Political Science from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.

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