New & Noteworthy
In the early hours of Jan. 30, 1968, the first Communist rockets struck provincial capitals across South Vietnam. A nationwide ground assault followed, and by morning the next day, much of the urban South was besieged, including Saigon’s radio station, the South Vietnamese military headquarters and even the American Embassy.
The Trump Administration’s 2017 National Security Strategy and 2018 National Defense Strategy: Implications for Southeast Asia
The Trump administration’s 2017 National Security Strategy and 2018 National Defense Strategy identify strategic competition with China and Russia as America’s primary national security concern.
Both documents contend that the epicentre of Great Power competition is the IndoPacific region where China seeks to displace America as the paramount power in order to achieve regional hegemony and ultimately global pre-eminence.
An escalation in geopolitical competition between Washington and Beijing holds significant implications for Southeast Asia.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte told soldiers last week to shoot female rebels in their genitals, the latest of several violent, misogynistic remarks. Addressing a group of former communist rebels on Wednesday, Duterte, who served as a mayor before becoming president, appeared to encourage the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to target women in conflict.
On Sept. 2, Buddhist villagers and Myanmar troops killed 10 Rohingya men in Myanmar's restive Rakhine state. Reuters uncovered the massacre and has pieced together how it unfolded. During the reporting of this article, two Reuters journalists were arrested by Myanmar police.
An unregulated pagoda environment, the status of monks and the downplaying of male rape means that abuse of children in the monkhood is likely more widespread than anyone dares to admit
The Weatherhead East Asian Institute mourns the death of Jayne Werner, who served as a WEAI Research Scholar from 2010 through 2015. A Professor Emerita of Political Science at Long Island University, Dr. Werner was a leading expert on the contemporary politics of Vietnam. She also served as a past Co-Chair of the University Seminar on Southeast Asia in World Affairs at Columbia University.
"The technicoloured design, released on Friday at the ASEAN Tourism Forum in Chiang Mai, features clip-art style illustrations of the Petronas Towers, an orangutan and proboscis monkey wearing sunglasses, a turtle (also wearing sunglasses) and a palm tree."
ISEAS report analyzes Golkar's leadership crisis.
Renato Cruz De Castro, De La Salle University
"Former Philippine president Benigno Aquino III adopted a balancing policy to respond to Chinese pressure over the two countries’ territorial disputes in the South China Sea. This balancing policy culminated in the signing of the Enhanced Defence Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) in April 2014, which provides for the United States to rotate forward-deployed forces in Philippine territory and for extensive access to Philippine military facilities. Now President Rodrigo Duterte is unravelling his predecessor’s work."
Thomas Jandl, TJMR Asia Consulting, analyzes Vietnam's policy of non-alignment in the Trump era.
The ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya is a particularly vicious chapter in a long history of majoritarian nationalism in South Asia, writes Mukul Kesavan in the January 18, 2018, issue of The New York Review of Books. Read more: http://www.nybooks.com/articles/
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.
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.
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.
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”.
"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.
Owners of the Map not only confronts the specific realities of ordinary Thais resisting military authoritarianism, but also the question of how modes of circulation can become sites of collective action, particularly for precarious workers, in the neoliberal moment.Read more
Jemma Purdey discusses ethnic Chinese Indonesians with Dr. Hew Wai Weng, a fellow in the Institute of Malaysian and International Studies, UKM.Read more
Even though more than half of Indonesia’s population is under the age of 30, little research has been done into the attitudes of the country’s youth.Read more
NYSEAN's co-founder Professor Duncan McCargo was quoted in a South China Morning Post article titled "In Hong Kong and Singapore, Thaksin Shinawatra Prepares His Party For Elections in Thailand."Read more
Lien-Hang Nguyen, the Dorothy Borg Associate Professor in the History of the United States and East Asia at Columbia University, discusses the global impact of the 1968 Tet battles.Read more
The prohibition of pornography is a controversial in Indonesia, attracting the attention of Islamic conservatives and activists.Read more
NYSEAN Co-Founder Duncan McCargo was recently quoted in this piece discussing the future of democratic elections in Thailand.Read more