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The Philippine Congress voted on Saturday to extend martial law in the southern part of the country, giving the military five more months to crush a rebellion there by Islamic State-inspired militants.
In this report, IPAC examines how support for ISIS and an “East Asia Wilayah” came about, how the Marawi siege has affected the two main networks of pro-ISIS supporters in Indonesia, and what might happen next.
Schools should be safe places for everyone. But in the Philippines, students who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) too often find that their schooling experience is marred by bullying, discrimination, lack of access to LGBT-related information, and in some cases, physical or sexual assault.
Two years after his death, no memorials, statues or streets in Singapore are named after Lee Kuan Yew, who established this city-state as a modern nation and built it into a prosperous showcase for his view that limited political freedoms best suit Asian values. Now a bitter and public family dispute over the fate of his modest house has shattered Singapore’s image as an orderly authoritarian ideal and hinted at deeper divisions about its political future.
On July 10, Indonesia’s President Jokowi signed a decree that allows for the banning of civil society organizations. Usman Hamid, director of Amnesty International Indonesia, and Liam Gammon, a PhD student at Australian National University, argue that with this decree "Jokowi has placed the legal existence of every NGO and civic organization in Indonesia at the mercy of a unilateral executive decision.”
Cambodia has one of the world’s fastest-growing economies, with a booming manufacturing industry and agricultural exports. But a burgeoning real estate market is causing displacement among farmers and low-income Cambodians, as the government grants large swaths of territory to companies for commercial projects.
For about two weeks now, dozens of Islamist militants have faced off against the Philippine armed forces in the city of Marawi, on the southern island of Mindanao, where most of the Philippines’ Muslim minority lives. The pitched battle, which is unusually fierce even by the standards of this conflict-prone part of the country, indicates that the Islamic State is now also a Southeast Asian problem and that the Philippine government may be the region’s weak link in addressing it.
NYSEAN Co-Founder Duncan McCargo was recently quoted in this piece discussing the future of democratic elections in Thailand.Read more
Luce Foundation has just given NYSEAN a further three year (2018-2020) grant of $475,000 to consolidate the network, boost levels of activity, and to provide financial support for partners to initiate conferences and other activities.Read more
NYSEAN co-founder, Duncan McCargo, discusses the future of political parties and the possibility of future elections in Thailand.Read more
Roderic Broadhurst joins New Books in Southeast Asian Studies to talk about state violence versus interpersonal violence, French colonial administration, postcolonialism and modernity, Sihanouk and the Khmer Rouge, Hun Sen and authoritarianism, and the challenges of doing historical sociology across multiple regime types and periods. Read more
Earlier this year, the Asian American Writers’ Workshop launched the Transpacific Literary Project, an editorial initiative to publish new and exciting writing from across East and Southeast Asia on The Margins while building a body of work that might help us better understand the importance of the Pacific World to literature.Read more
In this podcast with NYSEAN partner Carnegie Council, Devin Stewart talks to author Francis Wade about the historical background to the persecution of the Muslim Rohingya minority in Myanmar and gives a first-hand account of the tragic situation now.Read more