Upcoming Events

The Future of Asia: Voices of the Next Generation

October 23, 2017 - 12:00pm
Kellogg Center, Columbia University

Stop The Killings: Duterte's War on Drugs Through the Lens of Raffy Lerma

October 23, 2017 - 6:00pm
Starr Bar Brooklyn

The Indonesian Genocide Files: The Army and the Indonesian Genocide

October 24, 2017 -
12:00pm to 1:15pm
NYU Wagner

Sittwe: Film Screening and Discussion

October 25, 2017 - 1:00pm
Columbia University

Call for Papers: 2nd International Conference on Burma/Myanmar Studies

November 15, 2017 - 9:00am
University of Mandalay

Inaugural Southeast Asia Research Group (SEARG) Meeting

December 12, 2017 - 9:00am to December 14, 2017 - 5:30pm
Fulbright University School of Public Policy and Management

Opportunity: Postdoctoral Fellow in Southeast Asian Studies, Rice University

December 15, 2017 - 10:00am
Rice University

New & Noteworthy

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.

The Guardian
Philippines secret death squads: officer claims police teams behind wave of killings

Philippines secret death squads: officer claims police teams behind wave of killings

Thousands of people have been killed since Rodrigo Duterte became president and, according to one officer, secret police teams are partly responsible

The Atlantic
I Will Kill All the Drug Lords

I Will Kill All the Drug Lords

In May, Rodrigo Duterte, who served as Davao’s mayor for 21 years, was elected president of the Philippines, defeating four other challengers with a promise to purge the country of drug dealers.

Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development
Economic Outlook for Southeast Asia, China and India 2016

OECD, Economic Outlook for Southeast Asia, China and India 2016: Enhancing Regional Ties

The annual Economic Outlook for Southeast Asia, China and Indiaexamines Asia’s regional economic growth, development and regional integration process. It focuses on the economic conditions of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member countries: Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Viet Nam. It also addresses relevant economic issues in People’s Republic of China and India to fully reflect economic developments in the region.

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