Upcoming Events

Money, Media, Machinery…and Again, Mahathir

February 21, 2018 - 12:00pm
NYU

Symposium - Bali and Beyond

February 26, 2018 - 1:00pm
Bard Graduate Center

FPA Centennial Lecture: Has The West Lost It? A Talk With Kishore Mahbubani

February 27, 2018 - 6:00pm
The Harvard Club

Rising Discrimination Against LGBT in Indonesia

February 28, 2018 - 12:00pm
Puck Building - NYU Wagner

Call for Papers: Religiosity, Secularity and Pluralism in the Global East

February 28, 2018 - 12:00pm
Singapore Management University

Call for Papers: 13th Singapore Graduate Forum on Southeast Asia Studies

February 28, 2018 - 12:00pm
National University of Singapore

Summer Junior Resident Fellowship Program Siem Reap, Cambodia

February 28, 2018 - 12:00pm
The Center for Khmer Studies

Turkey and Thailand: Unlikely Twins Revisited

March 1, 2018 - 12:00pm
Columbia University

Call for Applications: Manila, Philippines, Fact-Finding Trip

March 16, 2018 - 12:00pm
Carnegie Council

Roundtable: Marcus Mietzner and Nava Nuraniyah

March 26, 2018 - 12:00pm
New York University

Mediating Islam: Journalism in Southeast Asia

March 30, 2018 - 12:00pm
NYU Wagner

Call for Papers: New York Conference on Asian Studies (Innovation and Invention)

May 1, 2018 - 12:00pm
Rochester Institute of Technology

New & Noteworthy

Dr. Marcus Mietzner discusses why Islamists are taking politics to the street in Indonesia and why the target is President Jokowi

We sat down with Dr. Marcus Mietzner after his talk at NYU Wagner to discuss the future of Jokowi's presidency and the recent political developments in Indonesia

Council on Foreign Relations
Podcast: The Origins of the American Alliance System in Asia

Podcast: The Origins of the American Alliance System in Asia

On this week’s Asia Unbound podcast, Victor Cha,  director of Asian studies and D.S. Song-Korea Foundation professor of government and international affairs at Georgetown University,  delves into the formation of U.S. alliances with Japan, South Korea, and the Philippines after World War II described in his new book Powerplay: The Origins of the American Alliance System in Asia.

The Cambodia Daily
Final Guilty Verdict Validates $260M Tribunal

Final Guilty Verdict Validates $260M Tribunal

The Isaan Record
Isaan Lives: “Are We Holier Than Thou?” – Struggling against the convoluted views of Thailand’s modern ‘life-savers’

Isaan Lives: “Are We Holier Than Thou?” – Struggling against the convoluted views of Thailand’s modern ‘life-savers’

A medical student from Thailand's Northeast discusses the political and social involving his profession

Asian Nikkei Review
Jakarta protests complicate Widodo re-election prospects

Jakarta protests complicate Widodo re-election prospects

Blasphemy trial of Indonesian president's former ally may help political rivals

Chiranuch Premchaiporn on why the political climate is so bleak in Thailand especially for journalists

New York Southeast Asia Network and NYU Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service hosted executive director of Prachatai.com to discuss freedom of expression in Thailand. After her talk, we spoke with her about her time in the United States and her views on the new Computer Crime Act.

Indonesia at Melbourne
Bigger than Ahok: explaining the 2 December mass rally

Bigger than Ahok: explaining the 2 December mass rally

Scholar Greg Fealy offers an important analysis of the extraordinary mobilization of Indonesians in a campaign against the Chinese Christian Governor of Jakarta, known as Ahok, who has been accused of blasphemy. 

Prachatai
Statement on leaving Thailand: Andy Hall

Statement on leaving Thailand: Andy Hall

Read Andy Hall's statement detailing his reasons for leaving Thailand after a long battle defending migrant worker's rights.

The Isaan Record
Isaan farmers and local officials slam failed rice policy

Isaan farmers and local officials slam failed rice policy

Rice farmers in the Northeast can currently choose one of two opposing agricultural policies, while one pays them to plant rice, a new scheme aims at diverting them from growing it.

Khaosod English
Constitutional Monument Pushed Aside for Rail Line

Constitution Monument Pushed Aside for Rail Line

Bloomberg
Duterte Bids U.S. Goodbye With Embrace of China and Russia

Duterte Bids U.S. Goodbye With Embrace of China and Russia

Duterte's announcement of the Philippines' separation from the US during a visit to Beijing baffles Washington

The Jakarta Post
Insight: Paris Agreement to test Jakarta’s commitment on carbon emissions

Insight: Paris Agreement to test Jakarta’s commitment on carbon emissions

Expert Daniel Murdiyarso argues that Parliament's Ratification of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change will bring Indonesia Benefits at the same it Tests the Government's Commitment

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.

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NYSEAN Voices

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Interview: On the United Nations and Youth Policy in Myanmar

It is often difficult for members of local organisations to voice their concerns, especially about the shortcomings of international aid agency approaches. They may rely on funding partnerships, or simply find it difficult to communicate directly to international groups about the concerns they have. Yet their insights can be important. Today we hear from a staff member from a local organisation in Shan State on the U.N. and youth policy.  Read more

Turnout was relatively poor in Thailand's Aug. 7 referendum compared to the last time in 2007, but the vote was more decisively in favor of the latest constitution. (Photo by Keiichiro Asahara)

Thailand's Ambiguous Referendum Result

Thailand's junta can breathe a sigh of relief, but only for the moment. The result of its Aug. 7 referendum on a new constitution has to be measured against a similar poll held in 2007: on both occasions, voters approved a charter drafted by a military-appointed committee created in the wake of a coup d'etat... Read more

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Interview: Reflections from a Kachin NGO

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Indonesia: the Battle Over Islam

The Islamic State’s butchery and takeover of territory in Iraq and Syria dominate the headlines, but a much less violent yet little-known conflict exists in Indonesia, where more Muslims live than in all of the Middle East. It is a battle to define Islam in Indonesia and it matters because it is taking place in one of the few democracies with a Muslim majority. There are more Muslims in Indonesia who can be loosely called progressives than there are anywhere else, but they are in constant struggle with conservative Muslims. Read more

 Photograph taken at the Museum Brawijaya by Vannessa Hearman

A Primer on the 1965 Killings in Indonesia

For two days in April, many Indonesians focused on a dark and long-buried chapter in their nation’s history thanks to a government-supported conference entitled “National Symposium: Dissecting the 1965 Tragedy, An Historical Approach.”  Already there is much debate...

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Latest on the U.S. and the Philippines

A recent article in the New York Times  discusses recent shifts in U.S.-Philippines security relations. Fifteen years after the 9/11 attacks, the U.S.-Philippines relationship has moved more explicitly to containing China and less focused on counter-terrorism. Read more

Thai junta marches toward day of reckoning

After a couple of false starts since the May 2014 coup, Thailand now has a draft constitution, and Aug. 7 has been set for a referendum on adopting... Read more

Thai Update 2016—what you missed

The 2016 Thailand Update at Columbia was attended by around 50 people throughout the day, drawn by the line-up of expert speakers discussing different aspects of Thailand's politics, society and economy. Read more

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