Jacques Bertrand

Exploring Southeast Asia is based on an in-depth filmed conversation between Howard Burton and Jacques Bertrand, Professor of Political Science and Director of the Collaborative Master’s Program in Contemporary East and Southeast Asian Studies at the University of Toronto. This conversation explores Jacques Bertrand’s extensive research on the politics and political changes in  Southeast Asia and provides detailed insights into this extensive and complex region which consists of countries with remarkably diverse histories and cultures. 

This carefully-edited book includes an introduction, A Prescription for Progress, and questions for discussion at the end of each chapter:

  1. Plunging In –  Indonesian Immersion
  2. Recognizing Complexity –  Appreciating individual trajectories
  3. Authoritarianism – Another product of history
  4. The Need For Caution – Political understanding vs. a normative agenda
  5. Breaking Away – Dealing with secessionist movements
  6. Asian Values – Rhetorical trope or meaningful distinction?
  7. Making Progress – Knowing when to push, and when not to


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Exploring Southeast Asia is also part of the five-part Ideas Roadshow Collection, Conversations About Politics, which is available in both paperback and electronic format.