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Dr. Carolina Hernandez Speaks on Community Building in Asia

Professor Carolina G. Hernandez from the University of the Philippines delivered a lecture at Georgia State University on February 24, 2009 at Troy Moore Library entitled “Human Rights in ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) Community Building. The lecture focused on how  issues of human rights and democracy have affected the slow process of regional integration in Southeast Asia. Prof. Hernandez highlighted the diversity of political systems, economic development, and cultural contexts among countries in the region as obstructing factors to the construction of an effective human rights regime. She also stressed that the recently ratified ASEAN charter, while it  provides for a human rights mechanism, it  is overall a document that institutionalizes the current rules and norms of the regional organization. These included noninterference on internal affairs, consensus, and face-saving.

Dr. Hernandez is Professor Emeritus of Political Science for the University of the Philippines. She is also the Founding President of the Institute for Strategic and Development Studies (ISDS). She is currently the chair of the United Nations Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters, and the ASEAN Institutes for Strategic and International Studies (ASEAN ISIS). A prolific scholar and a recognized academic, Prof. Hernandez is an expert on international security, civil-military relations, democratization, regional cooperation, among others. She also sits on several prestigious advisory bodies such as the World Economic Forum Committee on Fragile States, the Oxford Research Group on Sustainable Security, the Global Development Network, and the Global Facilitation Network on Security Sector Reform. She also served as an adviser of the President of the Republic of the Philippines on military reform.

This lecture was sponsored by the Asian Studies Center, the Center for Human Rights and Democracy, the Department of Political Science, and the Graduate Student Association (GSA).