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The Washington Post
King Bhumibol of Thailand’s real legacy: remarkable political legitimacy

King Bhumibol of Thailand’s real legacy: remarkable political legitimacy

Thailand is mourning its beloved King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who died last week after 70 years on the throne.

Time Magazine
Visionary or Cautious Reformer? Indonesian President Joko Widodo’s Two Years in Office

Visionary or Cautious Reformer? Indonesian President Joko Widodo’s Two Years in Office

Jon Emont asks whether Joko Widodo is a visionary or a cautious reformer in this assessment of his first two years as Indonesia's president. 

Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative
Static and Dynamic Disparities between Monetary and Multidimensional Poverty Measurement: Evidence from Vietnam

Static and Dynamic Disparities between Monetary and Multidimensional Poverty Measurement: Evidence from Vietnam

There has been a rapid expansion in the literature on the measurement of multidimensional poverty in recent years. This paper focuses on the longitudinal aspects of multidimensional poverty and its link to dynamic income poverty measurement. Using panel household survey data in Vietnam from 2007, 2008, and 2010, the paper analyses the prevalence and dynamics of both multidimensional and monetary poverty from the same dataset.

International Foundation for Electoral Systems
Elections in Timor-Leste: 2016 Local Elections

Elections in Timor-Leste: 2016 Local Elections

Local elections in Timor-Leste are scheduled for October 29. Citizens will vote for Village Chiefs, delegates for Village Councils, and Hamlet Chiefs.

Timor-Leste has been undergoing a process of decentralization, which the current government has declared to be a priority. The new local, or suco, law stipulates expanded administrative authority for the Village Chief and Village Council including in community development, dispute mediation, and revenue collection.

The Intepreter
Why Indonesian extremists are gaining ground

Why Indonesian extremists are gaining ground

Sidney Jones, one of the leading experts on extremism in Southeast Asia, writes that Islamist extremists are gaining ground because of a lack of political leadership in Indonesia. 

Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict
Pro-ISIS Groups in Mindanao and Their Links to Indonesia and Malaysia

Pro-ISIS Groups in Mindanao and Their Links to Indonesia and Malaysia

Support for ISIS has deepened cooperation among extremists in maritime Southeast Asia, according to the latest report from the Jakarta-based Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict. The report argues that law enforcement agencies in the region need to have expertise on groups outside their own borders, especially in Mindanao.

Asia Foundation
The Future of ASEAN and the Role of the United States

The Future of ASEAN and the Role of the United States

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is now America’s fourth-largest trading partner. Two-way trade in goods and services has tripled since the 1990s and the United States is the largest source of foreign direct investment in ASEAN.  U.S.

Asia Foundation
The Philippines, China, the U.S., and ASEAN in 2017

The Philippines, China, the U.S., and ASEAN in 2017

The Philippines will serve as ASEAN Chair in 2017, at which time ASEAN will mark its 50th anniversary. Having successfully served as host of APEC in 2015, the country has demonstrated that facilitating massive, significant international events is well within its capability—thus observers’ attention can focus on substance instead of administrative details. And there is considerable attention directed to the Philippines at the moment, not least because of the outspoken new president, Rodrigo Duterte.

HealthBridge
From Field to Fork: Nutrition and Food Security in Uplands of Vietnam and Thailand

From Field to Fork: Nutrition and Food Security in Uplands of Vietnam and Thailand

Economy and Environment Program for Southeast Asia
Economic Losses from the 2011 Thailand Floods: A Study of Bangkok Metropolitan Region

Economic Losses from the 2011 Thailand Floods: A Study of Bangkok Metropolitan Region

The potential effect of such extreme weather was shown in 2011 when Thailand was hit by the worst flood it had experienced in 50 years. This study produced the first comprehensive estimate of the economic losses experienced by households that were badly affected by the 2011 Bangkok flood. The study finds that the median household economic cost of the 2011 Bangkok floods was equivalent to about half of an average household’s annual expenditure.

Economy and Environment Program for Southeast Asia
Landowners’ Preferences for a Payment for Environmental Services Program: A Case Study in East Thailand

Landowners’ Preferences for a Payment for Environmental Services Program: A Case Study in East Thailand

This study aimed to design a desirable payment for environmental services (PES) program to be implemented in Eastern Thailand. Landowners’ preferences on program factors were both identified and quantified using a choice experiment. The results showed that all hypothetical programs attributes were statistically significant to landowners’ participation decisions, except free-to-choose in-kind benefits. Willingness to accept (WTA) calculations suggested that higher monetary incentives could help induce landowners to participate in PES programs that generate desirable environmental benefits.

Economy and Environment Program for Southeast Asia
A Review of PES Implementation In Cambodia

A Review of PES Implementation In Cambodia

Payment for Environmental Services (PES) programs have been implemented in PES and PES-like forms in Cambodia focusing on watershed, biodiversity conservation, recreation/landscape beauty, and carbon sequestration and storage. However, a specific PES law or policy has yet to be developed. This report presents a review of selected current literature on PES and/or PES-like schemes implemented in Cambodia. Local and international NGOs were visited and interviewed in order to capture the elements of the individual programs.

Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict
The Anti-Salafi Campaign in Aceh

The Anti-Salafi Campaign in Aceh

In its latest report, The Anti-Salafi Campaign in Aceh, the Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict (IPAC) examines the background to the latest phase of the ideological struggle between traditionalist clerics in rural Aceh and their urban rivals. The report explores the the risk of violence this rivalry poses.

Action for Economic Reforms – Industrial Policy Team
Economic Transformation, Equality, Resilience: Challenges for the Duterte Administration and Beyond

Economic Transformation, Equality, Resilience: Challenges for the Duterte Administration and Beyond

The ever insightful team at Action for Economic Reforms have released a new report analyzing the current state of the Philippine economy and the performance of the Aquino administration and proposes a framework for the Duterte administration and beyond that focuses on an innovative industrial policy that would address the structural weaknesses in the Philippine economy as well as policies to address vulnerability.

Unredacted
Declassified U.S. Documents Help Fill Void Left by Thailand’s Silence on 38th Anniversary of Thammasat University Massacre

Declassified U.S. Documents Help Fill Void Left by Thailand’s Silence on 38th Anniversary of Thammasat University Massacre

This week marks the 38th anniversary of the student massacre at Thammasat University in Bangkok, Thailand on October 6, 1976, which saw between 50 and 100 leftist student protesters tortured and killed, hundreds more injured, and thousands arrested. Thanks to the declassification efforts of the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), over 75 previously classified documents are available, helping fill the void left by the Thai government’s silence on the event.

Voice of America News
Thailand to Mark 40th Anniversary of Bloody 1976 Massacre

Thailand to Mark 40th Anniversary of Bloody 1976 Massacre

The events surrounding the 40th anniversary of the tragedy, seen by many as the darkest day in modern Thai political history, includes conferences, art works, plays and cultural events and come amid heightened political sensitivities in Thailand under a ruling military government since May 2014.

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NYSEAN Voices

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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