Distinguished Professor Ali Riaz has made two presentations in Malaysia and Brunei Darussalam.
He delivered a talk on his recently published book titled Voting in a Hybrid Regime: Explaining the 2018 Bangladeshi Election at the University of Malaya at Kuala Lumpur on January 28. The event was organized by the Faculty of Economics and Administration. Dean Professor Edmund Terence Gomez moderated the session and was the discussant. Professor Gomez described the book as “one of the very significant books on democratization.” He said the book is theoretically insightful and it provides lessons that are helpful to understand the political dynamics in other countries including Malaysia. Riaz’s book, published by Palgrave MacMillan, examines the Bangladeshi politics since 1991 and explores the transformation from electoral democracy to electoral authoritarianism.
At Universiti Brunei Darussalam, Riaz presented a paper titled “How a Hybrid Regime Emerges: Bangladesh as a Case Study” at the symposium – “Economic Integration and Global Governance in Emerging Muslim Economies: Prospects and Challenges for D-8 Muslim Countries” on January 30. The symposium was organized by the School of Business and Economics. His paper explores the nature of the ongoing global of democratic backsliding and examines the processes of the emergence of hybrid regimes – a system which has attributes of both democracy and authoritarianism.