Upcoming Events

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

October 25, 2018 - 2:00pm
Columbia University

So Far Away From Vietnam with director Laurence Gavron

October 25, 2018 - 6:15pm
Columbia University

Call for papers for the Transpacific Literary Project: The Pronoun

October 28, 2018 - 11:45pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop

Call for applications: Asian American Writers' Workshop Development Associate/ Grant Writer

October 31, 2018 - 12:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop

Cambodian artists in conversation with New York City

November 4, 2018 - 4:00pm
Asia Society

The Massacres of 1965-66 in Indonesia: The Question of Responsibility

November 7, 2018 - 5:00pm
Columbia University

Arts 4 Peace with Mekong NYC and Cambodia Living Arts

November 7, 2018 - 6:00pm
Fordham Bedford Housing Corporation

DOC NYC Film Festival: GRIT

November 11, 2018 - 5:15pm
Cinepolis Cinema

Putting Rohingya Voices Back into the Rohingya Crisis

November 13, 2018 - 12:30pm
NYU

Call for proposals: Center for Khmer Studies Research Fellowships

November 15, 2018 - 11:45pm
CKS

Call for Proposals: NYSEAN Partners Fund

November 30, 2018 - 12:00pm
NYSEAN

Call for applications: Center for Indonesian Policy Studies

December 31, 2018 (All day)
CIPS

Taste and Discover Filipino Food Tour

December 31, 2018 - 11:45pm
New York City

Luce Initiative on Southeast Asia New Guidelines

December 31, 2018 - 11:45pm
Luce Foundation

Tuan Andrew Nguyen: Letters From Saigon to Saigon

January 6, 2019 - 6:00pm
Asia Society

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

ISIS in Ambon: The Fallout from Communal Conflict

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What a Duterte Win Means for Philippines

What a Duterte Win Means for Philippines

In 2010, the Philippines conducted its first-ever automated poll, and I wrote that “elections had changed, but politics didn’t.” This year for a second time, a general election, including the presidency, was automated. Again we had concessions from presidential candidates the day after the polls instead of having to wait weeks for a manual count.

Asia Foundation
Imperatives for Peace Face New President in the Philippines

Imperatives for Peace Face New President in the Philippines

As the campaign period for the May 9 Philippine general elections comes to a close, increasing numbers of Bangsamoro peace process advocates are pushing national and local candidates for more explicit statements regarding their strategy in resolving the protracted conflict in Mindanao. Some worry about whether the peace process will continue under a new president.

Saigoneer
[Photos] 30 Images of 1975 Saigon

[Photos] 30 Images of 1975 Saigon

On April 30, Vietnam marked 41 years since the end of the American War. While Saigon has changed dramatically in those four decades, transforming into the economic heart of the country as well as its most modern metropolis, April 30, 1975 was a fateful day for the city's residents – and, of course, the country as a whole. Though much of Saigon's history does not exist on film or on paper, this day – and the months which followed – were well-documented in the city.

Financial Times
Trump, Le Pen and the enduring appeal of nationalism

Mark Mazower on Benedict Anderson and the enduring relevance of his analysis of Nationalism

Southeast Asia Globe
Make or break time for the Mekong

Make or break time for the Mekong

As drought lingers and unfettered dam construction plugs the Mekong river, managing the life-giving waterway becomes ever more crucial. All eyes are now on a new China-led initiative that claims to have the region’s best interests at heart
 

Maritime Awareness Project
A new platform for analyses and data on maritime security

Gain a better understanding of the South China Sea Dispute with MAP

The National Bureau of Asian Research and the Sasakawa USA have partnered on a new innovative platform for analyses and data on maritime security called the Maritime Awareness Project (MAP). The MAP portal combines exciting, interactive mapping technology with rigorous analyses from the world’s leading maritime experts to serve as the leading authoritative resource on maritime issues.

New York Times
Indonesia Moves to Investigate Anti-Communist Atrocities

Indonesia Moves to Investigate Anti-Communist Atrocities

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Forests Are Gold Trees, People, and Environmental Rule in Vietnam

Pamela D. McElwee's new book is out

Forests Are Gold examines the management of Vietnam's forests in the tumultuous twentieth century-from French colonialism to the recent transition to market-oriented economics-as the country united, prospered, and transformed people and landscapes.

Burma's Transition to Democracy: A Francis Fukuyama Conversation with Larry Diamond

On April 5, CDDRL Director Francis Fukuyama held an interview with FSI Senior Fellow Larry Diamond on Burma's recent elections and it's ongoing transition to democracy. Particularly, Diamond remarked on the significant role Aung Sang Suu Kyi will play and the social and political challenges the new leadership.

Council on Foreign Relations
Rebalance to Asia Led to Drop in Security Assistance for Southeast Asia

Rebalance to Asia Led to Drop in Security Assistance for Southeast Asia

In 2011, the Obama administration launched an approach to East Asia called the “rebalance to Asia.” One aspect of the rebalance was supposed to be strengthening security relationships in Southeast Asia, including through bilateral security assistance. Yet an analysis of U.S. security assistance to Southeast Asian nations shows that, in nominal dollars, overall security aid to Southeast Asia fell by 19 percent since 2010, the year before the rebalance was launched. Accounting for inflation, the overall decline in U.S. security assistance to the region would have been even steeper.

First Philippine presidential debate for 2016 election

The first official presidential debate in 24 years was held in Cagayan de Oro City. The urban centers of Mindanao are visibly booming, but the old problems of poverty, peace and order concerns, and power shortages continue to haunt the countryside. 

Social Weather Survey
Satisfaction with how democracy works at 76%

Social Weather Survey

The Fourth Quarter 2015 Social Weather Survey findings on satisfaction with democracy and preference for democracy are in.

Rappler
Abuses persist in PH's 'climate of impunity' – Amnesty Int'l

Abuses persist in PH's 'climate of impunity' – Amnesty International

The lack of laws and structures to strengthen human rights contribute to the 'climate of impunity' in the Philippines, says Amnesty International.

The Jakarta Post
HRW calls on US government to reveal truth about 1965 massacre

HRW calls on US government to reveal truth about 1965 massacre

An article from the Jakarta Post on Human Right Watch (HRW)'s call for the US government to reveal the truth about the 1965 massacre. Human Rights Watch has said an apology over the atrocities of 1965 would be futile unless the whole truth was revealed.

The International NGO said the government should be held accountable for its actions related to the killings of people who were considered associated with communism, including for what is hidden in secret files held by the US government.

Thailand: NRC Recommendations to the Government on Overcoming Violence

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NYSEAN Voices

 Photograph taken at the Museum Brawijaya by Vannessa Hearman

A Primer on the 1965 Killings in Indonesia

For two days in April, many Indonesians focused on a dark and long-buried chapter in their nation’s history thanks to a government-supported conference entitled “National Symposium: Dissecting the 1965 Tragedy, An Historical Approach.”  Already there is much debate...

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Latest on the U.S. and the Philippines

A recent article in the New York Times  discusses recent shifts in U.S.-Philippines security relations. Fifteen years after the 9/11 attacks, the U.S.-Philippines relationship has moved more explicitly to containing China and less focused on counter-terrorism. Read more

Thai junta marches toward day of reckoning

After a couple of false starts since the May 2014 coup, Thailand now has a draft constitution, and Aug. 7 has been set for a referendum on adopting... Read more

Thai Update 2016—what you missed

The 2016 Thailand Update at Columbia was attended by around 50 people throughout the day, drawn by the line-up of expert speakers discussing different aspects of Thailand's politics, society and economy. Read more

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Irony in Malaysia

Former Malaysian Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad became internationally known in 1997 when he blamed Wall Street and Jewish bankers for deliberately causing the Southeast Asian Financial Crisis. He viewed every drop in the Malaysian stock market and value of the Ringgit as a global conspiracy. He stridently denounced foreign intervention and meddling in Malaysia’s domestic affairs... Read more

Trawler Confrontation: A Pivotal Juncture in Indonesia’s South China Sea Policy?

A mid-March incident in which two armed Chinese coastguard ships forced an Indonesian patrol boat to release a Chinese fishing trawler it was towing to land after catching it fishing illegally within its Natuna Island EEZ may turn out to be a pivotal juncture in Indonesia’s policy toward the South China Sea issue.   Read more

Indonesian Literature in the Margins

With support from the Lontar Foundation and the New York Southeast Asia Network (NYSEAN), the Asian American Writers’ Workshop has been publishing a series on Indonesian Literature in the Margins. Read more

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