Join us for a conversation between Alfred Stepan and Duncan McCargo on “The Buddhist Puzzle: Inclusionary Doctrines, Exclusionary Politics.”
Alfred Stepan is Wallace Sayre Professor of Government, the founding Director of the Center for the Study of Democracy, Toleration, and Religion (CDTR), and the former Co-Director of the Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life (IRCPL). His two most recent books are Democracy in Multinational Societies: India and Other Polities, with Juan J. Linz and Yogendra Yadav, and Democracies in Danger. Stepan’s teaching and research interests include comparative politics, theories of democratic transitions, federalism, and the world’s religious systems and democracy. In the last two years, he has conducted field research in India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Israel, Palestine, and Brazil.
Duncan McCargo is Senior Research Affiliate at the Columbia University Weatherhead East Asian Institute and Professor of Southeast Asian Politics at the University of Leeds. His interests include elections, rallies and protests, political role of media, subnational conflicts, and the politics of justice. He is best known for his agenda-setting contributions to current debates on the politics of Thailand. McCargo’s ninth book, Tearing Apart the Land: Islam and Legitimacy in Southern Thailand, won the Asia Society’s inaugural Bernard Schwartz Book Prize for 2009. His latest book is Mapping National Anxieties: Thailand’s Southern Conflict.