Paper Title

[1.1] Mechanisms of Authoritarian Diffusion vs. Democracy: Implications for Transitional Justice in Asia

Location

IB 1007

Start Date

January 2020

End Date

January 2020

Disciplines

International Relations | Other Political Science | Political Science

Presentation Type

Presentation

Abstract

This paper examines the regional effects of Military Junta's and the People's Republic of China on democratic consolidation in Southeast Asia. Liberal democracy is a critical component in ensuring the implementation and upholding of human rights, as well as the prevention of intra-state conflict. Additionally, democratization and transitional justice are mutually reinforcing as both seek to increase accountability, transparency and horizontal power dispersion, however democratization and transitional justice remain largely externally-imposed processes. In Southeast Asia, largely as a result of the prominence of Military Junta's and the regional influence of the People's Republic of China, attempts at democratization are met with equal resistance from non-democratic or authoritarian pressures, which prevent the consolidation of effective liberal democracy and promote further regional destabilization. It is not until these mechanisms which work against the consolidation of liberal democracy are overcome regionally that transitional justice, and the subsequent upholding of human rights standards and norms can be applied in Southeast Asia. Keywords: Liberal Democracy, Transitional Justice, Human Rights, Southeast Asia, People's Republic of China

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[1.1] Mechanisms of Authoritarian Diffusion vs. Democracy: Implications for Transitional Justice in Asia

IB 1007

This paper examines the regional effects of Military Junta's and the People's Republic of China on democratic consolidation in Southeast Asia. Liberal democracy is a critical component in ensuring the implementation and upholding of human rights, as well as the prevention of intra-state conflict. Additionally, democratization and transitional justice are mutually reinforcing as both seek to increase accountability, transparency and horizontal power dispersion, however democratization and transitional justice remain largely externally-imposed processes. In Southeast Asia, largely as a result of the prominence of Military Junta's and the regional influence of the People's Republic of China, attempts at democratization are met with equal resistance from non-democratic or authoritarian pressures, which prevent the consolidation of effective liberal democracy and promote further regional destabilization. It is not until these mechanisms which work against the consolidation of liberal democracy are overcome regionally that transitional justice, and the subsequent upholding of human rights standards and norms can be applied in Southeast Asia. Keywords: Liberal Democracy, Transitional Justice, Human Rights, Southeast Asia, People's Republic of China