New & Noteworthy
"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.
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.
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?
Joshua Kurlantzick discusses the backsliding of democracy in Southeast Asia and what we can expect in 2018.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
Kongkea Chhoeun of the Australian National University discusses democracy, the media, and civil society in Cambodia.
" For two years, Yingluck Shinawatra, the former prime minister of Thailand, battled criminal charges of negligence and claims that she had cost the country billions of dollars...But on Friday, when the time arrived for the S
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s murderous “war on drugs” may now be claiming victims beyond his country’s borders: suspected drug dealers in Indonesia.
Eve Warburton and Edward Aspinall, both at the Australian National University, explore the reasons why there is risk of democratic regression in Indonesia.
Fifty-eight people suspected of selling or using drugs have been killed in Manila and its northern suburbs in just three days, making this the deadliest week so far in President Rodrigo Duterte’s monthslong drug crackdown, the police said Thursday.
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?Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
Listen to New York Southeast Asia Network co-founder Professor John Gershman on the Carnegie Council's podcast episode.Read more
Watch New York Southeast Asia Network's co-founder, Professor Duncan McCargo, discuss Mahatir Mohamad's electoral victory on Bloomberg TVRead more
Ward Keeler joins New Book in Southeast Asian Studies to discuss The Immortals: Faces of the Incredible in Buddhist Burma.Read more