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Archive for the month “February, 2012”

Not Just About Money — EU Crisis and Its Next Step

Frederic Laplanche, Head of the European Economic and Trade Office, is giving a talk on the trials and tribulations of Greece, Ireland, Italy, Spain, Portugal, and the rest of the Eurozone gang.
Political differences, budget cuts, high unemployment and the threat to national sovereignty are all factors that have led concerns over the EU’s future. Will the EU endure these growing pains? Can it continue the integration process while respecting the sovereignty of each country? How do these issues affect us here in Taiwan?
More informatio (and some of the same information) can be found on their website.
If you are interested in attending, please fill out the information below and email to
(If, on the other hand, you are not interested in attending, be sure to chack the “Not Attend” box before emailing to

□     Attend  on March/10 Saturday, 14:00-16:00

□     Not attend


Cellphone number:__________

Email Address:__________

Contact: Miss Poong

Workshop on Rising China and Regionalism

IIR is organizing a Workshop on Rising China and Regionalism, conducted by Prof. Aparajita Gangopadhyay and to be held on Friday 9 March here at IIR. (further details below)
Please let me know if you would be interested in participating ASAP (only Ph.D. Candidates can take part, but Ph.D. students can certainly attend it) and attach a one-page draft of the paper that you would like to present at the Workshop (which final version should have between 10-15 pages).
Thanking you in advance, and with best regards,
Juan Uriburu



Workshop on Rising China and Regionalism


▊ EVENT: Prof. Aparajita Gangopadhyay of Regionalism will visit the

National Chengchi University in the mid of March 2012. She will host a

one-day workshop of theories and methods of Regionalism studies for

young scholars on March 9.

▊ ELIGIBILITY: Ph.D. candidates, post-doctoral research fellows,

and assistant professors of political science (or related fields, broadly

defined) who are interested in theories and methodology of Regionalism

Studies are eligible for participation.


▊ WHEN & WHERE: March 9, 2012 (Friday), 10am – 2pm; New Brief

Room, Institute of International Relations, National Chengchi University,

No. 64, Wanshou Rd., Wenshan District, Taipei 116.

Prof. Mohammed Badrul Alam

Hey all,

Yesterday, Prof. Berman approached me with the news that IDAS is likely to have the opportunity to invite the renowned Indian IR and Public Administration scholar, Prof. Mohammed Badrul Alam, to hold a series of lectures in the upcoming semester. In order for us to make the most of this guest, it would certainly be beneficial if those of you with an interest in India – whatever it might be – got back to me in the next few days and let me know where exactly your particular interests lie. We might then have a chance to influence the topics of the lectures accordingly or can pointedly work towards benefitting in other ways (e.g. networking opportunities).

So far, Prof. Alam has already suggested a few topics himself:

1. India, Japan, and the Emerging Asia Pacific Security Architecture: A Critical Overview
2. Changing Contours of US-India Relations and Its Geo-Political Implications
3. Nuclear Policy of India and Pakistan: A Comparative Analysis
4. Quantitative Methods and Data Collection in Social Science Research
5. E-Government in India: A Critical Perspective

Enclosed you may also find an up-to-date resume of Prof. Alam’s.

Looking forward to hearing from you.



Summer school on Peace and War of Vietnam

University of Washington in Seattle is organizing a summer school on Building Peace in the wake of War in the case of Vietnam.

The program seems very thorough, so for those interested in Vietnam history and have no plans for the summer yet – check this out:

Deadline for application is February 15th.


Stay warm!


Student Pages

I recently heard about a research opportunity — a professor in the United States has been asking how to get a hold of IDAS and IMAS students for a project, and I plan to point him to the student page of our main website. That way, he can take a look at our roster and see whose research interests converge with his own. I just wanted to post this little reminder: if you haven’t done so yet, be sure to update your student page and include your interests and expertise, as well as contact information (and why not add a cheesy picture!?!) so that opportunities like this don’t pass you by.

ASEAN Conference in Thailand

Looks like a great conference coming up this April 21-23 in Hat Yai, Songkhla Province, Thailand.

 The 4th International Conference on Humanities and Social Sciences is organized by the Faculty of Liberal Arts, Prince of Songkla University, and the National Writers Association of Malaysia (PENA). It is designed to provide a venue for lecturers, academics, graduate students and the general public interested in the fields to disseminate their academic work.

Details are available at the conference website. Apply soon: the deadline for submission of full papers (in English) is February 15th

Application forms are available at the above website, and can be submitted to to:, and

If you have any questions, please contact,

It’s Thailand …. I’ll bet there’s a beach nearby!

AAS Conference in Toronto

The Association of Asian Studies is holding their annual conference in Toronto this year, from March 15-18. If you are interested in attending, they have a brochure with all the information you need. Act fast, though: the pre-registration deadline is Feb. 15th.

Academic Room

Here is an excellent resource that Prof. Wei passed on to us:

According to the Academic Room Editors,

Academic Room is an online platform that was developed at Harvard University to facilitate interdisciplinary engagements among scholars and researchers around the world. Their mission is to curate and disseminate scholarly resources, which are organized in over 10,000 academic sub-disciplines.

They share the conviction that easy and unimpeded ability to obtain quality educational resources should be a right and not a privilege. The platform allows academics, researchers and students to create highly specialized portals for their subfields. These portals can be enriched with professional directories, scholar profiles, video lectures, bibliographies, journal articles, books, reviews, images, ancient manuscripts and audio recordings.

We are invited to participate in our pilot launch. Please register at and also encourage other students, teachers and researchers to join.

ASEAN Watch website

Dear all IMAS and IDAS students,

This website, supervised by my professor and funded by Thailand Research Fund, provides basic information, research papers and useful links for ASEAN affairs.
I hope this website will be helpful for anyone who is doing a research or a paper regarding ASEAN affairs. All data and information are very up-to-date.

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