Upcoming Events

Islam, Identity and Populism in Indonesia

February 19, 2019 - 12:00pm
NYU Law School

The Cleaners, A film by Moritz Riesewieck and Hans Block

February 20, 2019 - 6:30pm
Room 202, Luce Hall

The State of Human Rights in Southeast Asia

February 21, 2019 - 12:00pm
Columbia University

Reporting Asia: Vietnam

February 21, 2019 - 4:30pm
Room 918, International Affairs Building

Call for Papers: The 3rd SEAMEO SPAFA International Conference on Southeast Asian Archaeology

February 22, 2019 (All day)
SPAFA

Vietnam & China in the Longue Durée

February 22, 2019 - 9:00am to February 23, 2019 - 1:00pm
1501 International Affairs Building

Public-Private Partnerships In Real Estate: Singapore's Model For Success In Urban Development

February 25, 2019 - 12:30pm
 International Affairs Building, Room 918

Megaprojects and National Development Models in Timor-Leste

February 27, 2019 - 12:00pm
Room 203, Luce Hall

Call for Applications: SEARC's Leadership & Advocacy Training 2019

February 28, 2019 (All day)
SEARC

Khmer Language and Culture Study Program Summer, Cambodia

February 28, 2019 (All day)
Cambodia

Junior Resident Fellows Program in Siem Reap, Cambodia

February 28, 2019 (All day)
Siem Reap, Cambodia

PhD Scholarship, Southeast Asian Politics, Griffith University

February 28, 2019 - 5:00pm
Griffith University, Australia

Call for Papers: The 7th International Symposium of Journal Antropologi Indonesia

March 1, 2019 (All day)
Universitas Gadjah Mada

Opportunity: CKS Scholar-in-Residence Fellowship 2019

March 1, 2019 (All day)
Center for Khmer Studies

Disinformation Crisis and Southeast Asian Elections: Behind the Scenes of Fake News Production and Fact-Check Interventions

March 5, 2019 - 4:00pm
Columbia University

Biodiversity Conservation in Vietnam: Challenges in the 21st Century

March 6, 2019 - 12:00pm
Luce Hall, 34 Hillhouse Avenue

Conformities and Interruptions in Southeast Asia - Cornell Southeast Asia Program's 21st Graduate Student Conference

March 8, 2019 - 5:00pm to March 10, 2019 - 12:00am
Kahin Center for Advanced Research on Southeast Asia

Call for Submissions: The Stilt House Zine, Genealogy Stories

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

Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network: A Discussion Among Writers

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

Thailand Update 2019: Making Sense of the Elections

March 26, 2019 - 9:00am to 5:00pm
Columbia University

Art in Contested Political and Cultural Terrains, Asia

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

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

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

April 9, 2019 - 4:00pm
Columbia University

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

New & Noteworthy

Duterte's Final Rally

These images from Philippine presidential front-runner Rodrigo Duterte's huge final rally at Manila's Luneta Park on May 7, 2016 focus on the excitement and color of a hard-fought campaign - and especially the strong emotions at play. In the final picture, vice-presidential candidate Alan Cayetano snaps group selfies from the stage.

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.

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NYSEAN Voices

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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Interview: On the United Nations and Youth Policy in Myanmar

It is often difficult for members of local organisations to voice their concerns, especially about the shortcomings of international aid agency approaches. They may rely on funding partnerships, or simply find it difficult to communicate directly to international groups about the concerns they have. Yet their insights can be important. Today we hear from a staff member from a local organisation in Shan State on the U.N. and youth policy.  Read more

Turnout was relatively poor in Thailand's Aug. 7 referendum compared to the last time in 2007, but the vote was more decisively in favor of the latest constitution. (Photo by Keiichiro Asahara)

Thailand's Ambiguous Referendum Result

Thailand's junta can breathe a sigh of relief, but only for the moment. The result of its Aug. 7 referendum on a new constitution has to be measured against a similar poll held in 2007: on both occasions, voters approved a charter drafted by a military-appointed committee created in the wake of a coup d'etat... Read more

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Interview: Reflections from a Kachin NGO

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Indonesia: the Battle Over Islam

The Islamic State’s butchery and takeover of territory in Iraq and Syria dominate the headlines, but a much less violent yet little-known conflict exists in Indonesia, where more Muslims live than in all of the Middle East. It is a battle to define Islam in Indonesia and it matters because it is taking place in one of the few democracies with a Muslim majority. There are more Muslims in Indonesia who can be loosely called progressives than there are anywhere else, but they are in constant struggle with conservative Muslims. Read more

 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

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