New & Noteworthy
Sheena Greitens discusses six policy options for how the United States should adapt its security cooperation with the Philippines to address the region's changing security and counterterrorism needs.
Nina Hachigian, former US ambassador to ASEAN, discusses the significance of fifty years of ASEAN and the future of US-ASEAN policy.
Vanda Felbab-Brown, Senior Fellow at Brookings, offers testimony for the House Foreign Affairs Commitee on the human rights consequences of the war on drugs in the Philippines.
Andreas Harsono of Human Rights Watch discusses the significance of the release of political prisoners in Indonesia.
The Interplay of Religion and Politics in Indonesia: What Does Jakarta’s Gubernatorial Election Signify?
On July 25, USINDO held a Special Open Forum on the “The Interplay of Religion and Politics in Indonesia: What Does Jakarta’s Gubernatorial Election Signify?”. The discussion focused on the recent election for governor of Jakarta, and the subsequent trial and imprisonment of one of the leading candidates, Ahok, a Chinese Christian Indonesian.
The forum featured presentations by Professor Thomas Pepinsky of Cornell University and Professor Jeremy Menchik of Boston University.
Sheila Coronel, a professor at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, explores whether priests in the Philippines are Duterte's fiercest foes.
The latest report from NYSEAN's parnter, the Jakarta-based Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict (IPAC), examines the organizational components of the Islamist alliance that brought down the Jakarta governor in 2012.Read more
Duncan McCargo, a professor at Columbia University and University of Leeds and a founder of the New York Southeast Asia Network, was interviewed by the Guardian on Future Forward, a new political party in Thailand.Read more
Lisandro Claudio, Associate Professor of Political Science at Ateneo De Manila University, joins the Carnegie Councils Devin T. Stewart to discuss the history of liberalism in the Philippines.Read more
Sandra Hamid, the Asia Foundation's Country Representative to Indonesia, joins the Carnegie Council’s Devin T. Stewart to discuss the normalizing of political and religious tolerance in daily life in the Philippines.Read more
Since the 1990s, vast sums of money and time have been invested in training and resources to hold elections around the world, including in parts of Southeast Asia. The conventional wisdom is that elections either enable or consolidate democracy. Where they do not have either of these effects, the reasoning goes, it’s because the design of elections is not yet right, or conditions in which they have been held are not yet sufficiently matured as to make democracy possible.Read more
What deficits in criminal law is the draft revised criminal code seeking to address and how have controversial regressive articles emerged? What will the implications be for Indonesian democracy if the current draft passes? Dr Dave McRae discusses these issues and more with Anugerah Rizki Akbari in the latest episode of Talking Indonesia.Read more
Owners of the Map not only confronts the specific realities of ordinary Thais resisting military authoritarianism, but also the question of how modes of circulation can become sites of collective action, particularly for precarious workers, in the neoliberal moment.Read more