Upcoming Events

Songkran Weekend Walks 2019

April 20, 2019 - 11:30am
75th - 77th Street and Woodside Ave, Queens

Central Javanese Gamelan Music Concert

April 20, 2019 - 7:30pm
Kroon Hall, 195 Prospect Street

Wayang Kulit (Shadow Puppetry) Performance: Lakon Babat Alas Mertani

April 21, 2019 - 7:30pm
Kroon Hall, 195 Prospect Street

Call for Applications: Intern at the Asian American Writers' Workshop

April 22, 2019 (All day)
Asian American Writers' Workshop

Violence and Policing in the Philippines, Latin America, and the U.S.

April 22, 2019 - 9:00am to April 23, 2019 - 12:00pm
World Room, Pulitzer Hall

Policing the Poor in the World's Cities: Perspectives from the Philippines and Latin America

April 24, 2019 - 6:00pm
Vanderbilt Hall Rm 216, 40 Washington Square South

CMS Seminar: “Beyond Debt: Islamic Experiments in Global Finance”

April 25, 2019 - 4:30pm
Room 404, Morrill Hall, Cornell University

FX Harsono: NAMA

April 25, 2019 - 6:00pm to June 7, 2019 - 12:00am
529 West 20th Street, 10W New York, NY 10011

Indigenous Rights Defenders Under Attack: Challenges and Responses

April 25, 2019 - 7:00pm
The Rudin Family Forum for Civic Dialogue, 2nd Floor, The Puck Building - 295 Lafayette Street

Stunted Development, Labor Politics and Low-Value Added GPNs

April 26, 2019 - 3:00pm
Warren Hall, B73

Herstories and Healing: A Khmer Culinary and Literary Workshop

April 27, 2019 - 4:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop

Last Night I Saw You Smiling - Yub Menh Bong Keunh Oun Nho Nhim

April 28, 2019 - 4:30pm
Francesca Beale Theater, Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center

Attractor

April 29, 2019 (All day) to May 1, 2019 (All day)
The Joyce Theater

Trump’s Indo-Pacific Strategy & the ASEAN and Chinese Responses

April 29, 2019 - 4:00pm
Room 918, 420 W 118th St

Job Vacancy: Instructor for Junior Resident Fellows Program in Cambodia

April 30, 2019 (All day)
Center for Khmer Studies

Indonesia’s Elections: The World’s Third Largest Democracy Votes

May 1, 2019 - 8:00am
Asia Society

Call for Papers: NYU Shanghai Global Asia Interdisciplinary Workshop on Port Cities in the Indian Ocean

May 5, 2019 (All day)
1555 Century Ave, Pudong Xinqu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200122

Democracy at Risk in Indonesia: What the 2019 Elections Mean for the World’s Third-Largest Democracy

May 7, 2019 - 12:00pm
Mulberry Conference Room (Room 3072), 3rd Floor, The Puck Building - 295 Lafayette Street

Call for Papers: Islam and Capitalism in Malaysia, Singapore, and Indonesia

May 15, 2019 (All day)
European Association for Southeast Asian studies

Call For Submissions: Second Gaudy Boy Poetry Book Prize

May 15, 2019 (All day)
Singapore Unbound

Call for Papers: Monash Herb Feith Centre Conference 2019: ‘Chinese Indonesians: Identities and Histories'

May 15, 2019 (All day)
Monash University Clayton Campus

Call for Applications: AICEF Overseas Research Grant

May 31, 2019 (All day)
521 5th Avenue, Suite 1700, New York, NY 10175

Call for Proposals: NYSEAN Partners Fund

May 31, 2019 (All day)
Proposals should be submitted to coordinator@nysean.org by May 31, 2019.

Disinformation and Elections In East And Southeast Asia: Digital Futures And Fragile Democracies

October 3, 2019 (All day) to October 4, 2019 (All day)
Columbia Weatherhead East Asian Institute

New & Noteworthy

Prachatai
Thailand Update 2018 Featured on Prachatai Site

Thailand Update 2018 Featured on Prachatai Site

Prachatai.com recently a recap of all the Thailand Update 2018 talks 

The New York Times
How South Vietnam Defeated Itself

How South Vietnam Defeated Itself

In the early hours of Jan. 30, 1968, the first Communist rockets struck provincial capitals across South Vietnam. A nationwide ground assault followed, and by morning the next day, much of the urban South was besieged, including Saigon’s radio station, the South Vietnamese military headquarters and even the American Embassy.

ISEAS Yusof Ishak Institute
The Trump Administration’s 2017 National Security Strategy and 2018 National Defense Strategy: Implications for Southeast Asia

The Trump Administration’s 2017 National Security Strategy and 2018 National Defense Strategy: Implications for Southeast Asia

The Trump administration’s 2017 National Security Strategy and 2018 National Defense Strategy identify strategic competition with China and Russia as America’s primary national security concern.

Both documents contend that the epicentre of Great Power competition is the IndoPacific region where China seeks to displace America as the paramount power in order to achieve regional hegemony and ultimately global pre-eminence.

An escalation in geopolitical competition between Washington and Beijing holds significant implications for Southeast Asia.

Washington Post
Duterte makes lewd threat to female rebels in Philippines

Duterte makes lewd threat to female rebels in Philippines

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte told soldiers last week to shoot female rebels in their genitals, the latest of several violent, misogynistic remarks. Addressing a group of former communist rebels on Wednesday, Duterte, who served as a mayor before becoming president, appeared to encourage the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to target women in conflict. 

Reuters
Massacre in Myanmar: One grave for 10 Rohingya men

Massacre in Myanmar: One grave for 10 Rohingya men

On Sept. 2, Buddhist villagers and Myanmar troops killed 10 Rohingya men in Myanmar's restive Rakhine state. Reuters uncovered the massacre and has pieced together how it unfolded. During the reporting of this article, two Reuters journalists were arrested by Myanmar police.

Southeast Asia Globe
The sound of silence: sexual abuse in Cambodia’s Buddhist pagodas

The sound of silence: sexual abuse in Cambodia’s Buddhist pagodas

An unregulated pagoda environment, the status of monks and the downplaying of male rape means that abuse of children in the monkhood is likely more widespread than anyone dares to admit

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”.

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NYSEAN Voices

Meredith Weiss and Jeremy Menchik on Malaysian and Indonesian Elections for the Carnegie Council

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Professor Duncan McCargo in the Nikkei Asian Review

Co-founder of NYSEAN, Professor Duncan McCargo, wrote about how the closure of Bangkok's Dusit Zoo highlights the state of Thai democracy.

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New Books in Southeast Asian Studies Podcast with Katherine A. Bowie

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New IPAC Report, Recent and Planned Releases of Indonesian Extremists: An Update

The Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict (IPAC) recently published an update on the rleases of Indonesian Extremists. 

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A jockey rests between races at Bangkok's Royal Turf Club, August 5, 2018. Photo: Duncan McCargo

Asia Times: Finish line for century-old Bangkok horse track

NYSEAN Co-Founder Duncan McCargo reports on the closing of Bangkok's military-affiliated Royal Turf Club after 102 years of racing. 

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Asia Times: Fingering Turnout in the Cambodian Elections

Duncan McCargo, cofounder of NYSEAN, wrote about the Cambodian People's Party and its legitimacy - or lack thereof - for the Asia Times.

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The Diplomat: Why Are Washington State Legislators Covering for Cambodia's Sham Elections?

NYSEAN Member Chelsea Garbell writes in The Diplomat on the curious case of the Washington State legislators serving as shadow election monitors for Cambodia's sham elections.

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Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict

Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict (IPAC): Managing Indonesia's Pro-ISIS Deportees

NYSEAN Partner Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict released "Managing Indonesia's Pro-ISIS Deportees", a report on the complex problem of how to monitor and integrate pro-ISIS deportees.

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