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New & Noteworthy

East Asia Forum
Why does Indonesia seem to prefer foreign aid from China?

Why does Indonesia seem to prefer foreign aid from China?

When Australia reduced its foreign aid to Indonesia by 40 per cent in 2015, Indonesia’s Foreign Ministry responded that ‘Indonesia … is no longer a country that needs aid for development’. At face value, this seems to be the case. Data released by the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee (DAC) in October 2017 shows that net foreign aid to Indonesia from DAC member countries and from multilateral aid agencies like the World Bank has decreased and even turned negative in some years.

Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict
Post-Marawi Lessons From Detained Extremists in the Philippines

Post-Marawi Lessons From Detained Extremists in the Philippines

The latest report from the Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict (IPAC) examines the debriefings of seven suspects arrested in connection with the September 2016 bombing in Davao, carried out by a pro-ISIS cell in Cotabato. "Post-Marawi Lessons From Philippine Detainees,"  looks at patterns of recruitment and radicalisation, training, financing and coordination with other parts of the pro-ISIS coalition, especially with the Maute brothers who later led the Marawi siege.

The New York Times
Philippines, Seeking to Appease Beijing, Halts Construction in South China Sea

Philippines, Seeking to Appease Beijing, Halts Construction in South China Sea

President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines has ordered military officials to stop construction work on a sandbar in a disputed area of the South China Sea after Beijing complained, the country’s defense chief said on Wednesday.

Asian Correspondent
Indonesia: Online ‘virginity auctions’ reflect wider tensions over women’s rights

Indonesia: Online ‘virginity auctions’ reflect wider tensions over women’s rights

Controversial website nikahsirri.com exploded onto the Indonesian online dating scene in September 2017. The site quickly grabbed the attention of the Indonesian public, due to its promise of finding partners or “mitras” for each of its members for the purpose of “nikah siri”, as well as for promoting “virginity auctions”.

IPAC
Policy Miscalculations on Papua

Policy Miscalculations on Papua

"Policy Miscalculations on Papua," the latest report from the  Jakarta-based Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict (IPAC), looks in depth at how Jakarta policies have affected the independence movement; human rights investigations; and local elections in Papua.

Foreign Policy
U.S. Pulls Military Assistance to Myanmar Over Rohingya Abuses

U.S. Pulls Military Assistance to Myanmar Over Rohingya Abuses

Washington announced it will end military aid to some Myanmar units involved in the forced displacement of the Rohingya minority, but experts say the move will have limited impact — and could even backfire on U.S. efforts to end the crackdown, which has driven more than 600,000 people from their homes.

The New York Times
Hands Tied by Old Hope, Diplomats in Myanmar Stay Silent

Hands Tied by Old Hope, Diplomats in Myanmar Stay Silent

Why did the world — which promised “never again” after Rwanda and Bosnia, then Sudan and Syria — seemingly do so little to forestall an ethnic cleansing campaign by Myanmar’s military? And what can be done now to address the urgent humanitarian calamity caused when more than half of Myanmar’s ethnic Rohingya Muslims fled the country over just a few weeks?

Council on Foreign Relations
2018 Will be a Pivotal Year for Southeast Asian Democracy

2018 Will be a Pivotal Year for Southeast Asian Democracy

Joshua Kurlantzick discusses the backsliding of democracy in Southeast Asia and what we can expect in 2018.

Council on Foreign Relations
Women and Girls at Risk in the Rohingya Refugee Crisis

Women and Girls at Risk in the Rohingya Refugee Crisis

 Mayesha Alam, a Soros New American Fellow, Yale Law School Global Health Justice Partnership Fellow, and Ph.D. candidate in political science at Yale University, discusses gender and the Rohingya refugee crisis.

EPW
Rohingya Crisis: Focus on 'Intolerant Religion' Disregards Complex Moral and Policy Challenges

Rohingya Crisis: Focus on 'Intolerant Religion' Disregards Complex Moral and Policy Challenges

Elizabeth Shakman Hurd, a professor at Northwestern University, argues that identifying religious difference and discrimination as the main culprits in the Rohingya crisis masks the economic and political interests. It deflects attention away from state-sponsored violence, political and economic ambitions of the governing elite, and the anti-immigrant and xenophobic basis of the discrimination.

Nikkei Asian Review
Why Aung San Suu Kyi remains unbowed

Why Aung San Suu Kyi remains unbowed

Gwen Robinson of the Nikkei Asian Review interviews Aung San Suu Kyi on the international outcry on the military crackdown on the Rohingya in Rakhine State. She is unbowed. 

Nikkei Asian Review
Myths and realities behind the Rakhine crisis

Myths and realities behind the Rakhine crisis

Gwen Robinson explores the myths and realities behind the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar, especially for Aung San Suu Kyi, who has little power over the military.

Brookings
No Simple Solution to the Rohingya Crisis in Myanmar

No Simple Solution to the Rohingya Crisis in Myanmar

"The world has no effective mechanisms for solving these problems. The best it seems able to do is to provide token amounts of humanitarian assistance to the innocent victims of these conflicts," writes Lex Rieffel. 

The New York Times
Indonesia, Long on Sidelines, Starts to Confront China’s Territorial Claims

Indonesia, Long on Sidelines, Starts to Confront China’s Territorial Claims

When Indonesia recently — and quite publicly — renamed the northernmost waters of its exclusive economic zone in the South China Sea despite China’s claims to the area, Beijing quickly dismissed the move as “meaningless.”

It is proving to be anything but.

The Washington Post
It's not just Burma: Human rights are under attack across Southeast Asia, advocates say

It's not just Burma: Human rights are under attack across Southeast Asia, advocates say

The latest round of persecution in Burma, 

New Mandala
Explaining the crackdown in Cambodia

Explaining the crackdown in Cambodia

Kongkea Chhoeun of the Australian National University discusses democracy, the media, and civil society in Cambodia.

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NYSEAN Voices

Violence and the Civilising Process in Cambodia

Roderic Broadhurst joins New Books in Southeast Asian Studies to talk about state violence versus interpersonal violence, French colonial administration, postcolonialism and modernity, Sihanouk and the Khmer Rouge, Hun Sen and authoritarianism, and the challenges of doing historical sociology across multiple regime types and periods. Read more

16 Writers on Their Favorite Translated Titles from Across Asia

Earlier this year, the Asian American Writers’ Workshop launched the Transpacific Literary Project, an editorial initiative to publish new and exciting writing from across East and Southeast Asia on The Margins while building a body of work that might help us better understand the importance of the Pacific World to literature.

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Podcast - The Rohingya Crisis: "Myanmar's Enemy Within" with Francis Wade

In this podcast with NYSEAN partner Carnegie Council, Devin Stewart talks to author Francis Wade about the historical background to the persecution of the Muslim Rohingya minority in Myanmar and gives a first-hand account of the tragic situation now.

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National Public Radio Series on Indonesia

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Migrant Returns: Manila, Development, and Transnational Connectivity

Eric J. Pido joins New Books in Southeast Asian Studies to talk about histories of departing from and returning to the Philippines, segregated suburbs and walled megacities, the balikbayaneconomy, returning migrants’ anxieties and hopes, medical tourism, and 1950s nostalgia.

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Uncovering Indonesia’s Act of Killing

Newly declassified documents add to what is known about the 1965-1966  mass killings in Indonesia, but much is still missing, writes Margaret Scott.

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New Books in Southeast Asian Studies Podcast

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The Only Viable Option for Resisting Populist Plutocrats: “Put the Leader Aside – Address Their Supporters”

Schechter covers the discussion between NYSEAN co-founder Duncan McCargo and former Thai premier Abhisit Vejjajiva on Thaksin

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