Date: September 11 - 12 (opening on evening of Sep 11, whole day Sep 12)
Place: Nikko Hotel, Kuala Lumpur
Summary: As the U.S. is a major player in world politics, there is much
value in examining the nature and intricacies of the American political
process, especially as they affect specific interests inside as well as
outside the country. The U.S. is the world's most powerful democracy, and
what happens inside the American nation is of tremendous concern and
consequence not only to its citizens, but also to the world at large.
The aim of this Seminar, therefore, is as follows:
(1) to examine the relationship between the institutions and forces that
influence policy formulation;
(2) to study the strategies used by individuals and groups to affect
policy outcomes in their favor;
(3) to explore the relationship between the three main arms of American
government: the Executive, Legislature, and Judiciary; and to see how these
institutions operationalize the checks and balances that support the notion
of "a Government of the people, by the people, and for the people;
(4) to appreciate the role and limits of presidential power in domestic
and foreign policy formulation;
(5) to evaluate how all the above institutions, forces, and processes
affect American foreign policy objectives, strategies, interests, and
performance globally, and specifically in the Asia-Pacific region, and;
(6) to determine how Asia-Pacific countries and regional groupings like
ASEAN might best pursue their interests vis-a-vis the American political
Government officials, academics, diplomats, and journalists, are expected
attend this seminar.
Opening Address: Lynn B. Pascoe, U.S. Ambassador to Malaysia (tentative).
Keynote: Dr. Eugene R.Wittkopf, Professor of Political Science, Louisiana
State University (confirmed).
1. American Policy Formulation: The Historical and Current Context
2. Congress, the Executive and Judiciary: The Limits of Presidential Power
3. Internal and External Constituencies in the Policy Process: The
Bureaucracy, Interest Groups & Mass Media
4: Between Isolation and Intervention: The Impact of Electoral Politics on
U.S. Foreign Policy
Americans and Malaysians
Those who are interested to attend, please email to: "MACEE"
. Admission free.