GREED THE UNSEEN PERIL ON MYANMAR’S ROAD TO DEMOCRACY Published in Asian Currents, the journal of the Asian Studies Association of Australia, SDN associate Jonathan Bogais discusses why the international surge in investments, and political opportunism, are doing little to help Myanmar’s already weak civil society evolve in...

SDN is pleased to announce an exciting new journal - Journal of Democratic Theory - first edition out July 2014. For a brief look at the journal's objectives, read these excerpts from the Editorial by journal editors Jean-Paul Gagnon and Mark Chou. Download PDF of the full editorial "Why...

By Amro Ali & Nesreen Salem Some 2,000 years ago, under Roman occupation, Egyptians were banned from practicing law, and this was not simply due to imperial discrimination. The Romans excluded them because Egyptians made too many jokes and sarcastic quips while in court, thus undermining the...

SDN now has a Column on The Conversation. Keep up to date with latest articles from SDN associates about issues in the region, and around the globe...

By John Keane Most people know from daily experience that memories are vital for their sense of well-being. Memory is the bearer of lavish gifts. It strengthens our capacity for living in the present. Memory brings direction. It prompts us to move on, to imagine different futures. When...

By Professor Wolfgang Merkel Recent weeks have been all about elections and broken promises: from early April to mid-May, half-a-billion Indians went to the polls in what many described an astonishing display of democratic prowess. Later, millions of European citizens elected their representatives to the often-criticised and never...

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