Explaining War, Peace, Cooperation, and Order

Political Domination, State Making, and International Relations in Asia since 1945

NBR hosted a roundtable discussion with Muthiah Alagappa from the East-West Center on August 11, 2011, at its Seattle offices in the University District. Dr. Alagappa spoke on why domestic struggles over political domination and state-making are of more use in explaining war and peace in post-1945 Asia than realism, liberalism and conventional constructivism.

The Roundtable Discussion was organized by NBR’s Next Generation Leadership in Asian Affairs Fellowship Program as part of the Leadership Forum, a professional development program for NBR staff, fellows, and interns designed to cultivate leadership through a curriculum of seminars and discussion forums. The views expressed in Leadership Forum activities are those of the presenters and do not necessarily reflect the views of NBR or institutions that support NBR.


Speaker Bio

Muthiah Alagappa is a Distinguished Senior Fellow at the East-West Center. From 2001 to 2007, he was the founding director of the East-West Center Washington. Prior to that, he was director of the integrated research program at the East-West Center Honolulu. He was a senior fellow at ISIS Malaysia from 1985 to 1989 and was a career officer in the Malaysian Armed Forces from 1962 to 1982.