Malaysia under a Fracturing Alliance of Hope Coalition: Future Prospects


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When: Aug 20 2019 - 12:00pm until Aug 20 2019 - 1:30pm
Where: 1819 L St NW, Suite 600, Washington, DC 20036

Malaysia under a Fracturing Alliance of Hope Coalition: Future Prospects

An Indo-Pacific Democratic Values and Human Rights Seminar featuring:

Dr. Pek Koon Heng
Director, ASEAN Studies Initiative &
Assistant Professor, School of International Service American University

Dr. Satu P. Limaye (Moderator)
Vice President, East-West Center & Director, East West Center in Washington

Drawing on insights gained during a recent extended visit to Malaysia, Dr. Pek Koon Heng commented on the intricate political machinations and developments relating to the country’s leadership succession and the Alliance of Hope coalition Left to right: Dr. Pek Koon Heng and Dr. Satu Limayegovernment’s chances for retaining power in the next general election.

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Dr. Pek Koon Heng is Director of the ASEAN Studies Initiative and Assistant Professor at American University’s (AU) School of International Service, where she teaches courses on international relations, international political economy, comparative politics, identity politics and human rights in Southeast and East Asia. She also runs AU’s Southeast Asia summer graduate program in Malaysia and the region. In addition, she is a Contract Course Coordinator of the Southeast Asia Area Studies Program, Foreign Service Institute, U.S. State Department. She has previously taught at Hull University, England, the National University of Malaysia, and Temple University, Japan. She has also been a Visiting Professor at Peking University, and a Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore, and the Institute of Security and International Studies, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok. Pek Koon earned her Ph.D. from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, and her BA and MA from Auckland University, New Zealand. Her publications on Malaysia include: “Malaysia and the United States: A Maturing Partnership,” in Meredith Weiss, ed., Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Malaysia, 2015; “The Mahathir Generation and Nation Building in Malaysia: Political, Economic and Social Cultural Dynamics,” in Bridget Welsh, ed., Reflections: The Mahathir Years, John Hopkins University Press, 2004; “The Chinese Business Community in Peninsular Malaysia, 1957-1999” (co-author), “The Chinese in the Malaysian Political System” (co-author), in Lee Kam Hing and Tan Chee Beng, eds., The Chinese in Malaysia, Oxford University Press, 2000; and Chinese Politics in Malaysia: A History of the Malaysian Chinese Association, Oxford University Press, 1988.

Satu Limaye is Vice President of the East-West Center and the Director of the East-West Center in Washington where he created and now directs the Asia Matters for America initiative and edits the Asia Pacific Bulletin. He is also a Senior Advisor at CNA Corp (Center for Naval Analyses) and Senior Fellow on Asia History and Policy at the Foreign Policy Institute at Paul H. Nitze School of International Studies (SAIS). He is a magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Georgetown University and received his doctorate from Oxford University (Magdalen College) where he was a George C. Marshall Scholar. Dr. Limaye publishes and presents on a range of Indo-Pacific issues. Recent publications include: Raging Waters: China, India, Bangladesh and Brahmaputra River Politics (with Nilanthi Samaranayake and Joel Wuthnow); Why ASEAN is Here to Stay and What that Means for the US; The United States-Japan Alliance and Southeast Asia: Meeting Regional Demands; and Weighted West: The Indian Navy’s New Maritime Strategy, Capabilities, and Diplomacy.

Primary Contact Info:
Name: Sarah Wang
Phone: 2023279755