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Chiranuch Premchaiporn on why the political climate is so bleak in Thailand especially for journalists

New York Southeast Asia Network and NYU Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service hosted executive director of Prachatai.com to discuss freedom of expression in Thailand. After her talk, we spoke with her about her time in the United States and her views on the new Computer Crime Act.

Indonesia at Melbourne
Bigger than Ahok: explaining the 2 December mass rally

Bigger than Ahok: explaining the 2 December mass rally

Scholar Greg Fealy offers an important analysis of the extraordinary mobilization of Indonesians in a campaign against the Chinese Christian Governor of Jakarta, known as Ahok, who has been accused of blasphemy. 

Prachatai
Statement on leaving Thailand: Andy Hall

Statement on leaving Thailand: Andy Hall

Read Andy Hall's statement detailing his reasons for leaving Thailand after a long battle defending migrant worker's rights.

The Isaan Record
Isaan farmers and local officials slam failed rice policy

Isaan farmers and local officials slam failed rice policy

Rice farmers in the Northeast can currently choose one of two opposing agricultural policies, while one pays them to plant rice, a new scheme aims at diverting them from growing it.

Khaosod English
Constitutional Monument Pushed Aside for Rail Line

Constitution Monument Pushed Aside for Rail Line

Bloomberg
Duterte Bids U.S. Goodbye With Embrace of China and Russia

Duterte Bids U.S. Goodbye With Embrace of China and Russia

Duterte's announcement of the Philippines' separation from the US during a visit to Beijing baffles Washington

The Jakarta Post
Insight: Paris Agreement to test Jakarta’s commitment on carbon emissions

Insight: Paris Agreement to test Jakarta’s commitment on carbon emissions

Expert Daniel Murdiyarso argues that Parliament's Ratification of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change will bring Indonesia Benefits at the same it Tests the Government's Commitment

The Washington Post
King Bhumibol of Thailand’s real legacy: remarkable political legitimacy

King Bhumibol of Thailand’s real legacy: remarkable political legitimacy

Thailand is mourning its beloved King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who died last week after 70 years on the throne.

Time Magazine
Visionary or Cautious Reformer? Indonesian President Joko Widodo’s Two Years in Office

Visionary or Cautious Reformer? Indonesian President Joko Widodo’s Two Years in Office

Jon Emont asks whether Joko Widodo is a visionary or a cautious reformer in this assessment of his first two years as Indonesia's president. 

Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative
Static and Dynamic Disparities between Monetary and Multidimensional Poverty Measurement: Evidence from Vietnam

Static and Dynamic Disparities between Monetary and Multidimensional Poverty Measurement: Evidence from Vietnam

There has been a rapid expansion in the literature on the measurement of multidimensional poverty in recent years. This paper focuses on the longitudinal aspects of multidimensional poverty and its link to dynamic income poverty measurement. Using panel household survey data in Vietnam from 2007, 2008, and 2010, the paper analyses the prevalence and dynamics of both multidimensional and monetary poverty from the same dataset.

International Foundation for Electoral Systems
Elections in Timor-Leste: 2016 Local Elections

Elections in Timor-Leste: 2016 Local Elections

Local elections in Timor-Leste are scheduled for October 29. Citizens will vote for Village Chiefs, delegates for Village Councils, and Hamlet Chiefs.

Timor-Leste has been undergoing a process of decentralization, which the current government has declared to be a priority. The new local, or suco, law stipulates expanded administrative authority for the Village Chief and Village Council including in community development, dispute mediation, and revenue collection.

The Intepreter
Why Indonesian extremists are gaining ground

Why Indonesian extremists are gaining ground

Sidney Jones, one of the leading experts on extremism in Southeast Asia, writes that Islamist extremists are gaining ground because of a lack of political leadership in Indonesia. 

Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict
Pro-ISIS Groups in Mindanao and Their Links to Indonesia and Malaysia

Pro-ISIS Groups in Mindanao and Their Links to Indonesia and Malaysia

Support for ISIS has deepened cooperation among extremists in maritime Southeast Asia, according to the latest report from the Jakarta-based Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict. The report argues that law enforcement agencies in the region need to have expertise on groups outside their own borders, especially in Mindanao.

Asia Foundation
The Future of ASEAN and the Role of the United States

The Future of ASEAN and the Role of the United States

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is now America’s fourth-largest trading partner. Two-way trade in goods and services has tripled since the 1990s and the United States is the largest source of foreign direct investment in ASEAN.  U.S.

Asia Foundation
The Philippines, China, the U.S., and ASEAN in 2017

The Philippines, China, the U.S., and ASEAN in 2017

The Philippines will serve as ASEAN Chair in 2017, at which time ASEAN will mark its 50th anniversary. Having successfully served as host of APEC in 2015, the country has demonstrated that facilitating massive, significant international events is well within its capability—thus observers’ attention can focus on substance instead of administrative details. And there is considerable attention directed to the Philippines at the moment, not least because of the outspoken new president, Rodrigo Duterte.

HealthBridge
From Field to Fork: Nutrition and Food Security in Uplands of Vietnam and Thailand

From Field to Fork: Nutrition and Food Security in Uplands of Vietnam and Thailand

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NYSEAN Voices

New Books Network Podcasts on Southeast Asia

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Indonesia's Growing Islamist Populism

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Human Rights and Duterte’s War on Drugs

The Philippine president sees drug dealing and addiction as “major obstacles to the Philippines’ economic and social progress,” says John Gershman Read more

Asian Views on America’s Role in Asia at Columbia University

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China, Japan, and America: Three Tigers on One Mountain?

Carnegie Council's Devin Stewart talks with Richard McGregor, a journalist and author specializing in East Asia. He is working on a new book that... Read more

The Saudis Are Coming

In 1980, Saudi Arabia started an all­ expenses-­paid university in Jakarta. The Institute for the Study of Islam and Arabic (LIPIA)... Read more

Pluralism and Diversity: Best Practices from Singapore and Southeast Asia

Representative Zafar and Minister Zulkifli discussed current trends in the regional-level approaches to cultivating mutual respect in diverse... Read more

Podcast: What to Make of Duterte's Philippines

John Gershman of NYU discusses with Carnegie Council’s Devin Stewart the state of Filipino politics since the election of Rodrigo Duterte and where the country may be headed. Topics covered include the Philippines’ anti-drug campaign, extrajudicial killings, climate change vulnerability, and diplomatic relations with China, the U.S., and ASEAN. Read more

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