Mathew Davies

Dr Mathew Davies

Interim Director, Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs; Fellow

Qualifications

BSc (LSE), MSc (LSE), PhD (ANU)

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Mathew Davies

My current research examines the intersection of regional order building, human rights and governance in Southeast Asia, paying particular regard to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). To study this issue I examine the region through the lens of socialisation, investigating how ASEAN is both a driver of, and arena for, those efforts to diffuse standards. I am interested in the stories of rights socialisation efforts that have emerged, the success and failure of those efforts and how we can use those stories to better understand what ASEAN is.

I am commencing a project that takes this interest and examines ‘the new politics of human rights in Southeast Asia’, seeking to explain both why ASEAN came to adopt human rights standards and why it has done so in the way that it has. This project will expand my focus on ASEAN to encompass the history of the regional project and the cross over between human and traditional security throughout ASEAN cooperation.This project comprises a series of articles already underway and a book manuscript.

More generally I am interested in International Relations Theory, human rights and regions and have published across these three areas.

I have convened award-winning courses at the graduate and undergraduate level including in the areas of academic skill-building, World Politics, International Relations Theory, and Southeast Asian Security. I currently supervise honours, masters, and PhD students working in the field of International Relations theory, foreign policy, humanitarian aid, the environment, and democratic transitions.

Here I talk about my interest in the women, peace and security agenda in Southeast Asia.

Teaching

Mathew teaches the Masters course International Relations Theory INTR8011 (Semester 1, 2018).

Dr Mathew Davies

Performing Unity: The symbol and ritual of ASEAN

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has been a paradox from the very beginning. So argues Dr Mathew Davies in a book he is writing for Cambridge University Press.

Donald Trump, Xi Jinping, and Malcolm Turnbull

Why Turnbull's Asian summit trip was a missed opportunity

The APEC and East Asia Summit (EAS) meetings, both recently attended by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, are moments of ceremonial certainty amid the wider changes ongoing in the region.

Image: Flickr AK Rockefeller

The Symbolism of ASEAN at 50

Had someone at the foundation of ASEAN fifty years ago predicted that the regional organisation would be around in half a century, they might not have been openly laughed at, but they would likely

Image courtesy of Flickr Prachatal

Asian pawns lose out in power play between the US and China

China is winning the battle over the South China Sea, the resource-rich stretch of contested water where the country’s been building artificial islands equipped with military-length airstrips

Relief for Rohingyas in Chittagong. Photo: Reuters/Mohammad Ponir Hussain

Is ASEAN a newfound voice for the Rohingya?

The democratisation of Myanmar, culminating in the National League for Democracy’s assumption of power in early 2016, was meant to mark a step forward for the Rohingya.

Julie Bishop

Out of order

What does Australia want from ASEAN?

Image: Gage Skidmore @ Flickr.com

The TPP is over. What happens now?

Throughout the primaries and general election campaigns Donald Trump repeatedly criticized the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) as being a terrible deal for America.

Image: Prachatai Flickr creative commons

What happens if Rodrigo Duterte dumps the US?

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte marked the week leading to his first 100 days in office with renewed attacks on the country’s alliance with the United States.

US President Barack Obama arrives for a news conference at the close of the ASEAN summit February, 2016  (Photo: Reuters)

ASEAN centrality losing ground

Vientiane will host the 28th ASEAN Summit this week, with the summit documents rotating around the same themes that ASEAN has been promoting for decades: unity and centrality.

Image sourced from Flickr, courtesy of Roslyn

Philippines stumbling towards dangerous isolation

Shortly after his landslide victory, President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines received a phone call from President Obama.

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