About Meridian 180 Forums

The Meridian Forum is a unique and innovative venue for shared learning and experimentation among Meridian 180 members. This multi-lingual medium of exchange varies in thematic scope and duration, but consistently broaches issues of significant political and legal importance in the Asia-Pacific Region.

Meridian 180 forums are prompted by provocative and timely posts from Meridian’s most active and engaged members.This form of open-ended dialogue is carefully cultivated so as to inspire the further incubation of new ideas and the broadening of networks across national borders, disciplinary boundaries, and academic, private, and regulatory cultures.

In November 2017, Meridian launched a new forums website, through the support of the Maria Einaudi Center for International Studies at Cornell.  The new forum site provides for more rapid translation and updated technology.  Active forums are ongoing on this new site.  

Click here to connect to the NEW Meridian Forums - https://meridian-180.eforums.cornell.edu/

Forum Summaries

Truth and Post-Truth
Summary by Claire Hsiang Marx, Meridian 180

In February 2017, Meridian 180 held a forum to explore the political implications of an environment in which multiple truths exist. Forum leader Professor Zhao Shunkun, professor at Southwest University of Law and Political Science in Chongqing, China, asked a series of stimulating questions focused on the intersections of authority, media, and the public, and the different roles and questions each stakeholder should be considering. The forum engaged a wide range of experts including legal scholars, journalists, economists, political scientists, and policymakers and resulted in a lively exploration of the role of technology, media, and power in a post-truth era. (read more)