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Policing Southeast Asia: Challenges for Field Researchers

Tuesday, February 4, 2020 - 14:00

Policing is often a controversial business, but faces particular challenges in countries where human rights are weakly institutionalized. How can researchers conduct fieldwork on policing in contentious Southeast Asian contexts, such as Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s ongoing war on drugs? This event features researchers who have been studying how the police operates in Burma/Myanmar, the Philippines and Thailand, and facilitates discussion about the challenges they have faced.


  • Steffen Bo Jensen - Aalborg University
  • Anna Warburg - Aarhus University
  • Helene Maria Kyed - Danish Institute for International Studies
  • Duncan McCargo - Nordic Institute of Asian Studies


  • 14.00-14.25 Anna Warburg:
    ‘Police Perspectives in the Philippine War on Drugs’
  • 14.25-14.50 Steffen Bo Jensen:
    ’Compelled Intimacy and the Violence of Politics in the Philippine Drug War’
  • 14.50-15.20 Q&A for Philippine papers
  • 15.20-15.40 Coffee break
  • 15.40-16.05 Helene Maria Kyed:
    ‘Ceasefire State Making through the Expansion of Parallel Justice Systems in Myanmar’
  • 16.05-16.30 Duncan McCargo:
    'Out with the Detectives: Policing the Thai Capiltal'
  • 16.30-17.00 Q&A for Myanmar and Thailand papers

Time: 4 February, 14:00-17:00
VenueNIAS meeting room, CSS Øster Farimagsgade 5, building 18, room 18.1.08

All are welcome!
Please note that any recording of the lecture before prior approval from NIAS is NOT allowed!