- Working Papers
- The Economic Roots of Conflict and Cooperation in Africa
- Development Strategies, Identities, and Conflict in Asia
- Physical Infrastructure Development
- Cultural Change and Persistence
- Leadership for Development
- Globalization and Change Asia
- Beyond Reconstruction in Afghanistan
- Building Democratic Institutions
- Fighting Words
- Sovereignty Under Challenge
- Construyendo Capacidades Colectivas
- Social Capital as a Policy Resource
- The Public Health-Human Values Connection
- Energizing China
- Human Rights
- Government Policies and Ethnic Relations
- Values in Education
- Great Policies
- Economic Development Strategies and the Evolution of Violence in Latin America
- Civilian Strategy in Civil War: Insights from Indonesia, Thailand, and the Philippines (Politics, Economics, and Inclusive Development)
- Development Strategies and Inter-Group Violence: Insights on Conflict-Sensitive Development
- The Evolution of Development Thinking: Governance, Economics, Assistance, and Security
- Policy Context Briefs
- Taskforce Reports
Government Policies and Ethnic Relations in Asia and the PacificEdited by Michael E. Brown and Sumit Ganguly
Ethnic conflict, one of the most serious and widespread problems in the world today, can undermine efforts to promote political and economic development, as well as political, economic, and social justice. It can also lead to violence and open warfare, producing horrifying levels of death and destruction. Although government policies on ethnic issues often have profound effects on a country, the subject has been neglected by most scholars and analysts.
This volume analyzes different policies governments have pursued in their efforts to contend with the tensions inherent in multiethnic societies. The book focuses on Asia and the Pacific, the most populous and economically vibrant part of the world. The heart of the book is a set of case studies of government policies in sixteen countries: India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Burma, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, the Philippines, China, Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Vanuatu, and the Federated States of Micronesia. The studies consider a wide range of political, economic, educational, linguistic, and cultural policies, and how these policies have evolved over time. Using a broad comparative perspective to assess the effectiveness of different governmental approaches, the authors offer policy recommendations that cut across individual countries and regions.
Michael E. Brown is Dean of the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University.
Sumit Ganguly is Professor of Government at the University of Texas at Austin.
Available through The MIT Press at mitpress.mit.edu.