- The Bangkok Declaration Three years After: Reflections on the State of the Asia-West Dialogue on Human Rights
As the Asia-West dialogue on human rights engendered by the Bangkok Declaration approaches its three-year mark, this issue of Dialogue is devoted to an assessment of its progress.
- Thinking About Human Rights and Asian Values
To see the conflict over human rights as a battle between Western liberalism and Asian reluctance distracts attention from the central issues: In the battle over the role of human rights and freedoms, the primary parties are Asians of different interests and convictions.
- What Asians Think About the West's Response to the Human Rights Debate
New-found national pride pits Asian countries against a "decadent West." Constant pressure to observe human rights obligations, often applied with threats of economic sanctions, is regarded by many as a slap in the Asian face, an attempt by the West to hold the East ransom.
- The Task for Asians: To Discover their Own Political Morality for Human Rights
The search for a coherent political morality within the Pacific Rim countries is not a contest between Asians and Westerners, but a soul-searching exercise for Asians themselves: to develop social, political, and philosophical norms that best capture their values.