Upcoming Events

Call for Submissions: The Stilt House Zine, Genealogy Stories

March 21, 2019 (All day)
Cambodian American Literary Arts Association

Visual Breaks

March 21, 2019 - 7:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop​

NYSEAN @ AAS 2019

March 22, 2019 - 7:30pm
Plaza Court 5, Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel

Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network: A Discussion Among Writers

March 23, 2019 - 5:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop

Democracy for Sale: Elections, Clientelism, and the State in Indonesia

March 25, 2019 - 12:00pm
Mulberry Conference Room, The Puck Building

Fifth Annual Thailand Update 2019: Making Sense of the Elections

March 26, 2019 - 9:00am to 4:00pm
Columbia University

Art in Contested Political and Cultural Terrains, Asia

March 27, 2019 - 6:30pm
Second floor, Faculty House, Columbia University

Film Screening: Journey from the Fall (Viet. Vượt Sóng) with film director Ham Tran

March 28, 2019 - 5:00pm
Dodge 605, Columbia University

DEADLINE EXTENSION: Junior Resident Fellows Program in Siem Reap, Cambodia

March 29, 2019 (All day)
Siem Reap, Cambodia

DEADLINE EXTENSION: Khmer Language and Culture Study Program Summer, Cambodia

March 29, 2019 (All day)
Cambodia

Manta Ray. 2018. A Film by Phuttiphong Aroonpheng

March 29, 2019 - 9:00pm
Lincoln Center and MoMA

DEADLINE EXTENSION: CKS Scholar-in-Residence Fellowship 2019

March 31, 2019 (All day)
Center for Khmer Studies

Call for Applications: SEASSI Intensive Language Training Program 2019

April 1, 2019 (All day)
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Call for Proposals: Of Peninsula and Archipelago, The Landscape of Translation in Southeast Asia

April 1, 2019 (All day)
International Association for Translation and Intercultural Studies

Call for Submissions: 2019 Conference of the Canadian Council for Southeast Asian Studies

April 1, 2019 (All day)
Canadian Council for Southeast Asian Studies

Vietnam’s Relations with China: Domestic impact and international implications

April 3, 2019 - 12:00pm
Room 203, Luce Hall, 34 Hillhouse Avenue

Call for abstracts - The 1st Asia Regional Meeting of the International Society for the Study of Drug Policy

April 4, 2019 (All day)
University of Hong Kong

Call for Papers: Disinformation and Elections In East And Southeast Asia: Digital Futures And Fragile Democracies

April 8, 2019 (All day)
Columbia Weatherhead East Asian Institute

The Edward W. Said Memorial Lecture: "Out of Place: Refugees, Immigrants, and Storytelling" with author Viet Thanh Nguyen

April 8, 2019 - 6:15pm
The Italian Academy, Columbia University

Infrastructure as Asset or Public Good: Who Gives a Dam? Financing Development and Development Finance Along the Mekong and Ayeyarwaddy

April 9, 2019 - 5:00pm
Columbia University

Run to the Hills: Mainland Southeast Asia's Integration into Global Opium Markets (1940-1998)

April 12, 2019 - 11:00am
230 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT 06511

The Justice Facade: Genocide, International Justice, and Human Rights in Cambodia

April 17, 2019 - 12:30pm to 1:45pm
NYU Wagner

Attractor

April 29, 2019 (All day) to May 1, 2019 (All day)
The Joyce Theater

Job Vacancy: Instructor for Junior Resident Fellows Program in Cambodia

April 30, 2019 (All day)
Center for Khmer Studies

Call For Submissions: Second Gaudy Boy Poetry Book Prize

May 15, 2019 (All day)
Singapore Unbound

Call for Papers: Islam and Capitalism in Malaysia, Singapore, and Indonesia

May 15, 2019 (All day)
European Association for Southeast Asian studies

Call for Papers: Monash Herb Feith Centre Conference 2019: ‘Chinese Indonesians: Identities and Histories'

May 15, 2019 (All day)
Monash University Clayton Campus

New & Noteworthy

Indonesian Foreign Policy: From "Free and Active" to Leadership in the "Indo-Pacific"

Shafiah Muhibat, Head of the Department of International Relations at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Indonesia, talks about Indonesia's approach to its foreign policy with "Indo-Pacific" being the geopolitical buzzword. She looks at how these latest developments shape Indonesia’s current foreign policy.

The Asia Foundation
ASEAN: Shaping the Future of Regional Development in Southeast Asia

ASEAN: Shaping the Future of Regional Development in Southeast Asia

Recent developments in the region indicate that governments are looking for new ways to shape development cooperation on a regional basis. The Asia Foundation’s recently released report ASEAN as the Architect for Regional Development Cooperation argues that countries in the region have the interest and capacity to more directly shape regional development in Southeast Asia, but they currently lack the mechanism to do it. Thomas Parks, the Asia Foundation’s country representative in Thailand, gives his analysis on the future of development in Southeast Asia. 

New Mandala
Jokowi’s authoritarian turn

Jokowi’s authoritarian turn

Tom Power writes about Joko Widodo's shift to authoritarianism and the implications this has for Indonesian democracy. 

Does ASEAN Matter? A View From Within

Former Indonesian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Marty Natalegawa, gives an inside view on how ASEAN can remain relevant today and in the future.

The Straits Times
Midterm polls in the Philippines a test of Duterte's hold amid slowing economy

Midterm polls in the Philippines a test of Duterte's hold amid slowing economy

The Philippines’ midterm elections kicked off on Thursday (Oct 11) in what is seen as a test of public support for President Rodrigo Duterte, amid a sputtering economy and setbacks in his efforts to tackle illicit drugs and cut state corruption. Raul Dancel writes for The Straits Times. 

The New York Times
Malaysia to Repeal Death Penalty and Sedition Law

Malaysia to Repeal Death Penalty and Sedition Law

The High Court in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. “All death penalty will be abolished. Full stop,” the minister of law, Liew Vui Keong, told reporters this week. Read more at the New York Times. 

Channel NewsAsia
Commentary: Rising temperatures will make Southeast Asian economies sweat

Commentary: Rising temperatures will make Southeast Asian economies sweat

Climate change could wreak havoc on productivity in Southeast Asia and increase business risks, says one environment expert. Richard Hewston writes for Channel NewsAsia. 

Asia Times
EU tariffs threaten to flatten Cambodia

Asia Times: EU tariffs threaten to flatten Cambodia

EU's punitive trade response to premier Hun Sen's rigged election and retreat on rights could devastate the nation's crucial export-oriented garment industry. David Hutt writes for the Asia Times. 

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
Facebook: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

Facebook: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

Facebook’s global expansion has been linked to political turmoil overseas, so maybe their ads should focus less on how they “connect the world” and more on why connecting people isn’t always the best idea.

The Phnom Phenh Post
‘Adhoc 5’ free despite being sentenced to five years in jail

‘Adhoc 5’ free despite being sentenced to five years in jail

The Adhoc 5 were found guilty by the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Wednesday and sentenced to five years in prison. They were charged with bribing a witness in the case of bailed Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) president Kem Sokha’s alleged affair with a hairdresser.

However, presiding judge Duch Sok Sarin ruled that as the defendants had served more than 14 months in pre-trial detention, their sentences would be suspended. Read the full story here

Wikimedia Commons/ Gunawan Kartapranata The Diplomat
A Closer Look at the ASEAN-China Single Draft South China Sea Code of Conduct Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons/ Gunawan Kartapranata A Closer Look at the ASEAN-China Single Draft South China Sea Code of Conduct

The Diplomat: A Closer Look at the ASEAN-China Single Draft South China Sea Code of Conduct

On August 3, the foreign ministers of the 10 member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and their Chinese counterpart announced agreement on a Single Draft South China Sea Code of Conduct Negotiating Text (SDNT) that will serve as the basis for the adoption of a Code of Conduct in the South China Sea.

Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen (C) casts his vote during the general elections as his wife Bun Rany (centre L) looks on in Phnom Penh on July 29, 2018. (MANAN VATSYAYANA/AFP/Getty Images) Foreign Policy
Foreign Policy: Fake Monitors Endorse Cambodia’s Sham Election

Foreign Policy: Fake Monitors Endorse Cambodia’s Sham Election

Cambodians went to the polls last weekend, but it was a sham of an election, dominated by Hun Sen, the country’s aging autocrat. With the opposition party banned and soldiers at polling booths to ensure the outcome went only one way, no credible organization signed off on the election’s validity—but quite a few fake organizations did.

Officers escort Phra Buddha Issara, 62, an activist monk, at the Thai Police Crime Suppression Division headquarters in Bangkok on May 24 (Reuters) The Washington Post
Thai crackdown targets Buddhist monks amid accusations of embezzlement and fraud

Thai Crackdown Targets Buddhist Monks Amid Accusations of Embezzlement and fraud

Lurid tales of monks involved in sex, drugs and stolen money have crowded the newspapers here for years, to the seeming indifference of governments. But Thailand’s ruling junta has stepped up its offensive to destroy what it sees as a rot that has long been allowed to fester in the upper echelons of Buddhism and corrode the country’s moral core.

   Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad delivers a speech at the International Conference on the Future of Asia in Tokyo, Japan on June 11, 2018. Issei Kato/Reuters Council on Foreign Relations
After the Big Win, Mahathir Faces Reality

After the Big Win, Mahathir Faces Reality

After the initial euphoria, Mahathir and his government now confront major challenges on nearly all fronts. The Council on Foreign Relations' Joshua Kurlantzick looks at the political, economic and civil society landscape facing Malaysia in the wake of its recent political transition.

The Diplomat
Southeast Asia's Environmental Report Card

Southeast Asia's Environmental Report Card

No Southeast Asian country scores higher than a “B-,” in the author’s opinion, and overall, the situation for wildlife and wild ecosystems looks grim. We are now in the Anthropocene Era, and humanity’s demands for natural resources and wildlife products is having an incredibly profound effect on this region.

East Asia Forum
Malaysia’s Modernisation Tsunami

Malaysia’s Modernisation Tsunami

Virtually all dedicated Malaysia-watchers professed themselves shocked by the result. But if leading modernisation theorists like Seymour Martin Lipset or Samuel Huntington were still alive — even in their fusty 1950s and 1960s guises — they wouldn’t have been surprised in the slightest.

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