New & Noteworthy
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?
Joshua Kurlantzick discusses the backsliding of democracy in Southeast Asia and what we can expect in 2018.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
Kongkea Chhoeun of the Australian National University discusses democracy, the media, and civil society in Cambodia.
" For two years, Yingluck Shinawatra, the former prime minister of Thailand, battled criminal charges of negligence and claims that she had cost the country billions of dollars...But on Friday, when the time arrived for the S
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s murderous “war on drugs” may now be claiming victims beyond his country’s borders: suspected drug dealers in Indonesia.
Eve Warburton and Edward Aspinall, both at the Australian National University, explore the reasons why there is risk of democratic regression in Indonesia.
Fifty-eight people suspected of selling or using drugs have been killed in Manila and its northern suburbs in just three days, making this the deadliest week so far in President Rodrigo Duterte’s monthslong drug crackdown, the police said Thursday.
Survey data shows no evidence of a link between piety and intolerance, let alone violence.
Sheena Greitens discusses six policy options for how the United States should adapt its security cooperation with the Philippines to address the region's changing security and counterterrorism needs.
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 ThaksinRead more
NYSEAN Co-Founder Duncan McCargo debates Thaksin and Thai politics with former Thai prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva at Harvard Law SchoolRead more
Here is the latest podcast from New Books in Southeast Asian Studies to discuss the malleability of bandits and banditry in the China and Vietnam borderlands.Read more
International statement in support of Dr. Chayan Vaddhanaphuti and colleaguesRead more
For the 50th anniversary of the founding of ASEAN, the Transpacific Literary Project presents poems by writers across Southeast AsiaRead more
Duterte created a human rights calamity, says Phelim Kine of HRWRead more
Human rights lawyer Sophorn Sek discusses Cambodia's governanceRead more