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New & Noteworthy

The New York Review of Books
Murderous Majorities

Murderous Majorities

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/

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, 

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NYSEAN Voices

After Ahok: The Islamist Agenda in Indonesia

The latest report from NYSEAN's parnter, the Jakarta-based Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict (IPAC), examines the organizational components of the Islamist alliance that brought down the Jakarta governor in 2012.

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Professor Duncan McCargo Interviewed in The Guardian

Duncan McCargo, a professor at Columbia University and University of Leeds and a founder of the New York Southeast Asia Network, was interviewed by the Guardian on Future Forward, a new political party in Thailand. 

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Liberalism in the Philippines with Lisandro Claudio

Lisandro Claudio, Associate Professor of Political Science at Ateneo De Manila University, joins the Carnegie Councils Devin T. Stewart to discuss the history of liberalism in the Philippines.

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Normalizing Intolerance in Indonesia, with Sandra Hamid

Sandra Hamid, the Asia Foundation's Country Representative to Indonesia, joins the Carnegie Council’s Devin T. Stewart to discuss the normalizing of political and religious tolerance in daily life in the Philippines. 

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Behind the Facade: Election Under Authoritarianism in Southeast Asia

Since the 1990s, vast sums of money and time have been invested in training and resources to hold elections around the world, including in parts of Southeast Asia. The conventional wisdom is that elections either enable or consolidate democracy. Where they do not have either of these effects, the reasoning goes, it’s because the design of elections is not yet right, or conditions in which they have been held are not yet sufficiently matured as to make democracy possible. 

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Talking Indonesia: A New Criminal Code

What deficits in criminal law is the draft revised criminal code seeking to address and how have controversial regressive articles emerged? What will the implications be for Indonesian democracy if the current draft passes? Dr Dave McRae discusses these issues and more with Anugerah Rizki Akbari in the latest episode of Talking Indonesia.

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Podcast: Motorcycle Taxi Drivers, Mobility and Politics in Bangkok

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.

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Talking Indonesia: Being Chinese and Muslim

Jemma Purdey discusses ethnic Chinese Indonesians with Dr. Hew Wai Weng, a fellow in the Institute of Malaysian and International Studies, UKM.

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