Series 1, Number 4 (Spring 1996): Three Years After the Bangkok Declaration

To mark the third anniversary of the Bangkok Declaration, this volume is devoted to assessing the progress of the Asia-West dialogue on human rights engendered by the Declaration. The volume addresses such questions as what are "Asian values" and how have they played into the debate? Has the West responded appropriately? Should "Asian values" be dismissed as a cloak for authoritarian leaders to hang on to a monopoly of power? Or is there something more to the concept that the West has missed? To answer these questions the Council commissioned articles from Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen, Kevin Y. L. Tan, senior lecturer at the National University of Singapore, and Joseph Chan, professor of politics and public administration at the University of Hong Kong.