Upcoming Events

NYU Indonesian Students Association: Indomie Night

September 20, 2018 - 4:00pm
NYU

Call for applications: American Institute for Indonesian Studies Fellowship

September 24, 2018 - 11:45pm
AIFIS

New Realities for Southeast Asia: Perspectives From Singapore’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, Dr. Vivian Balakrishnan

September 26, 2018 - 6:30pm
Asia Society

Singapore Literature Festival: Say It Differently

October 3, 2018 - 1:30pm to October 6, 2018 - 10:00pm
Various locations

LaoNow2018: Celebrating Fashion, Food, and Film from the Laotian American Community

October 13, 2018 (All day)
New York City

Luce Initiative on Southeast Asia New Guidelines

December 31, 2018 - 11:45pm
Luce Foundation

Call for Papers: CFP | Debt, Freedom, and Development: Insights from Asia

January 15, 2019 (All day) to January 16, 2019 (All day)
National University of Singapore

New & Noteworthy

Weatherhead East Asian Institute
WEAI Mourns the Death of Former Research Scholar Jayne Werner

WEAI Mourns the Death of Former Research Scholar Jayne Werner

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 Telegraph
Malaysia tourist board ridiculed for ‘hideous’ new logo

Malaysia tourist board ridiculed for ‘hideous’ new logo

"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
Golkar’s Leadership and the Indonesian President

Golkar’s Leadership and the Indonesian President

ISEAS report analyzes Golkar's leadership crisis.

East Asia Forum
Beijing gone from foe to friend in Manila

Beijing gone from foe to friend in Manila

 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."

East Asia Forum
Vietnam’s diplomatic acrobatics in the post-American era

Vietnam’s diplomatic acrobatics in the post-American era

Thomas Jandl, TJMR Asia Consulting, analyzes Vietnam's policy of non-alignment in the Trump era.

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.

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NYSEAN Voices

Professor Duncan McCargo Quoted in The New Arab

NYSEAN's co-founder Professor Duncan McCargo was quoted in a New Arab article titled "After Middle East failure, is Thailand the next 'caliphate' for the Islamic State group?"

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Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict (IPAC): Indonesia and the Rohingya Crisis

NYSEAN partner Institute of Policy Analysis of Conflict (IPAC), released "Indonesia and the Rohingya Crisis," a report documenting Indonesia’s response to the 2017 violence against the Rohingya that sparked one of the fastest and largest refugee crises in decades, with over 700,000 Rohingya fleeing Burma to neighboring Bangladesh. 

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Asia Society Policy Institute

Asia Society Policy Institute: Reconciling Expectations With Reality in a Transitioning Myanmar

The Asia Society Policy Institute, a NYSEAN Partner, released "Reconciling Expectations With Reality in a Transitioning Myanmar," an issue paper outlining the five critical challenges facing Myanmar today. 

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Professor Margaret Scott in the New York Review of Books

Professor Margaret Scott, a cofounder of NYSEAN, wrote an article for the New York Review of Books, "The Truth About the Killing Fields."

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Resisting Impunity

Indonesia at Melbourne: Talking Indonesia Podcast - resisting impunity

More than 50 years on from the 1965-66 mass killings and 20 years after the fall of the New Order authoritarian government, how is Indonesia facing up to this violent past? How does this past impact on the present? What is being done to resist enduring impunity in democratic Indonesia?

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Sidney Jones

Sidney Jones in The New York Times: How ISIS Has Changed Terrorism in Indonesia

Sidney Jones, director of NYSEAN partner the Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict in Jakarta, writes that the series of terrorist attacks in Indonesia can tell us about the way supporters of the Islamic State are responding to the group's recent defeats in the Middle East.

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ABC Australia - Indonesian police said Dita Oepriarto (L), Puji Kuswati (R) and their four children were behind the attacks.

Terrorism analyst Nava Nuraniyah and Professor Margaret Scott interviewed in ABC Radio's 'Mothers to Bombers: the Underrated Threat of Indonesian Women Extremists'

In the wake of the family suicide bombings in Surabaya, a leading analyst warns that Indonesia urgently needs to track and understand dozens of women who were deported back to Indonesia after failed attempts to reach Syria.

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20 years after Soeharto

Indonesia at Melbourne: Talking Indonesia Podcast - 20 years after Soeharto

Indonesia at Melbourne's Talking Indonesia podcast features a discussion on the nature of Indonesian democracy and the trajectory of political reform, 20 years after the fall of Soeharto. Podcast host Dr. Dave McRae and Usman Hamid, Director of Amnesty International Indonesia, investigate the key achievements of the reform movement, the obstacles to further reform, and consider what lies ahead for Indonesia over the next 10 years. 

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