Taeku Lee, Professor, Political Science and Law at the University of California, Berkeley Date: 13:00-15:00, Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017 Venue: Digital Exhibition Hall, 1F, Social Sciences Information Center, National Chengchi University（政治大學社會科學資料中心１樓數位展演廳，Map: http://www.nccu.edu.tw/uploads/asset/data/55debfc1d7ac0a35f100002f/Downhill.jpg） Online Registration: https://goo.gl/Z11BGt（政治大學報名系統）
This year political situation in Southeast Asia changed a lot. The king of Thailand passed away while , but the military still in charge, and Rodrigo Roa Duterte won the Philippine presidential election. To understand more about the state of democracy in Southeast Asia, Election Study Center and Institute of International Relations invited Professor Allen Hicken from University of Michigan to give a speech on the review and prospect of democracy in Southeast Asia. Hicken said, good parties, good voters and good politicians are needed in order to have an effective democracy. Hicken pointed out corruption in Southeast Asia remains serious. Comparing the indicators in 1976 to where we are today, however, Tthe average level of democracy is higher. Hicken remains optimistic about Southeast Asia’s democracy development.