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Institute of Development Studies
Uneven Developments: Toward Inclusive Land Governance in Contemporary Cambodia

Uneven Developments: Toward Inclusive Land Governance in Contemporary Cambodia

This paper, commissioned as part of a Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) 'learning journey' on inclusive land governance, inquires whether these reforms constitute durable institutional change, or temporary and calculated forms of social inclusion aimed at managing an increasingly volatile political and economic landscape. 

Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs
Reading List and Discussion Questions on Climate Change and The Philippines

Reading List and Discussion Questions on Climate Change and The Philippines

Many island nations like the Philippines are already being affected by rising sea levels, a specter of what lies ahead for low-lying cities such as Miami, Florida. This reading list and discussion questions explores these issues in the context of the Philippines. How is the encroaching threat of climate change reshaping culture, politics, and even faith in these communities? How can the claim of economic prosperity be reconciled with the equally valid claim of sustainability and conservation?

ABC's Bob Woodruff talks with children in Laos. ABC News
America's Secret War in Laos Uncovered

America's Secret War in Laos Uncovered

As Obama makes his historic visit, ABC correspondent Bob Woodruff travels across Laos, meeting victims new and old bearing witness to the legacy left behind by America’s secret war.

Economy and Environment Program for Southeast Asia
Self-protection against flood in Cambodia

Self-protection against flood in Cambodia

This research investigated (1) the change in Cambodian’s preference for self‑protection against natural disasters, (2) how groups can influence communities toward self‑protection, (3) the collective community investments to reduce the expected losses associated with natural disasters, and (4) the existing social institutions in Cambodian communities that improved their voluntary contribution to the protection against disasters’ interdependent risk.

The Culture Trip
Top 10 Filipino Contemporary Artists & Where to Find Them

Top 10 Filipino Contemporary Artists & Where to Find Them

With the exception of a few established artists on the international stage, the Filipino art scene was long confined to an insular environment – until about a decade ago. After a 50-year hiatus, the Philippines participated in the 2015 Venice Biennale with a national pavilion, which drew attention to the region and brought a new wave of local artists into the limelight. We profile ten contemporary Filipino artists you should know.

The New York Times
Myanmar Peace Talks Begin, High in Symbolism and in Skepticism

Myanmar Peace Talks Begin, High in Symbolism and in Skepticism

Asia Maritime Transparency Initative
What Countries are Taking Sides After the South China Sea Ruling?

CSIS Analysis of Who is Taking Sides in the South China Sea after Hague Ruling

Frontier Myanmar
Law reform: A daunting challenge

Law Reform: A Daunting Challenge

A commission headed by former parliament speaker Thura U Shwe Mann has been reviewing the nation’s laws, but some say more clarity – and consultation – is needed from the government on its legal reform plans.

Asian American Writers' Workshop
Viet Thanh Nguyen: Anger in the Asian American Novel

Viet Thanh Nguyen: Anger in the Asian American Novel

The Vietnam War ended 40 years ago. A new regime rose from the battlefields. Families like mine fled across the Pacific. Many died at sea. Others wish they had. There’s no happy ending to this story—not when the losers ceaselessly obsess over their defeat by a people they regard as having little value for human life. This obsession, of course, dominates the ways Americans tell and retell their “intervention” in the Vietnamese peoples’ struggle for freedom.

Foreign Policy
Monkeys and Small Children Have Thai Officials on High Alert Ahead of Referendum

Monkeys and Small Children Have Thai Officials on High Alert Ahead of Referendum

Schoolgirls and macaques have come under the scrutiny of the military junta, which has been accused of intimidating those opposed to the referendum.

Nikkei Asian Review
Thai business heads give the government passing marks

Thai business heads give the government passing marks

Somkid has adjusted tax incentives for 10 industrial clusters, each focusing on a new industry, to be located in the Eastern Economic Corridor along Thailand's east coast industrial belt. The private sector is particularly keen to see whether the government can push its ambitious plans by next year, when an election is planned.

The Isaan Record
“It’s not wrong to campaign”

It’s not wrong to campaign

A newly formed activist group gathered at Si Than Lake on Khon Kaen University campus to protest against the ban on public campaigns to reject the draft constitution and military government’s intimidation of activists.

Final Report of the International People's Tribunal on 1965 Killings in Indonesia

IPT1965
Final Report of the International People's Tribunal on 1965 Killings in Indonesia

Final Report of the International People's Tribunal on 1965 Killings in Indonesia

The International People’s Tribunal on the 1965 Crimes Against Humanity (IPT 1965) has concluded  that the Indonesian government had committed acts of genocide, as stipulated in the 1948 International Genocide Convention, during the 1965 communist purge, which reportedly led to the death approximately 500,000 people. The IPT is not legally binding, but the  judges are sending their report to the UN with an eye on further action being taken.

TODAY
Rising conservatism in M’sian Islam not just from Arabisation

Rising conservatism in M’sian Islam not just from Arabisation

A useful analysis of the rising conservatism in Malaysian Islam. The author argues that blaming Wahhabism misses just as important local and political reasons. 

International Crisis Group
The Philippines: Renewing Prospects for Peace in Mindanao

The Philippines: Renewing Prospects for Peace in Mindanao

The southern Philippines is potentially closer to peace than at any time in the four decades since Muslim insurgents started fighting for independence, but the substantial progress over the past six years is also fragile.

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NYSEAN Voices

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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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