Upcoming Events

NYU Indonesian Students Association: Indomie Night

September 20, 2018 - 4:00pm
NYU

Call for applications: American Institute for Indonesian Studies Fellowship

September 24, 2018 - 11:45pm
AIFIS

New Realities for Southeast Asia: Perspectives From Singapore’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, Dr. Vivian Balakrishnan

September 26, 2018 - 6:30pm
Asia Society

Singapore Literature Festival: Say It Differently

October 3, 2018 - 1:30pm to October 6, 2018 - 10:00pm
Various locations

LaoNow2018: Celebrating Fashion, Food, and Film from the Laotian American Community

October 13, 2018 (All day)
New York City

Luce Initiative on Southeast Asia New Guidelines

December 31, 2018 - 11:45pm
Luce Foundation

Call for Papers: CFP | Debt, Freedom, and Development: Insights from Asia

January 15, 2019 (All day) to January 16, 2019 (All day)
National University of Singapore

New & Noteworthy

The New York Times
Dispute Over Singapore Founder's House Becomes a National Crisis

Dispute Over Singapore Founder's House Becomes a National Crisi

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.

New Mandala
Jokowi forges a tool of repression

Jokowi forges a tool of repression

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.”

PBS Newshour
As Cambodia’s economy grows, low-income residents left behind

As Cambodia’s economy grows, low-income residents left behind

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. 

The New York Times
How ISIS Got a Foothold in the Philippines

How ISIS Got a Foothold in the Philippines

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.

How Southeast Asian and Bangladeshi Extremism Intersect

PBS Newshour
Deported from U.S., Cambodians fight immigration policy

Deported from U.S., Cambodians fight immigration policy

Every year, the U.S. deports thousands of immigrants who are convicted of crimes after they serve their prison terms -- including green card holders and those granted asylum. The policy dates back to the Clinton and Bush administrations as part of their efforts to step up national security.

The Re-emergence of Jemaah Islamiyah

The New Yorker
The Murder of an Honorable Lawyer in Myanmar

The Murder of an Honorable Lawyer in Myanmar

On January 29th, Ko Ni, sixty-three years old, was assassinated at the airport in Yangon, Myanmar’s largest city. He had just returned from a democracy conference in Indonesia and was waiting for a taxi curbside, while holding his young grandson, when a gunman in sandals sauntered up and pumped a bullet into Ko Ni’s head at close range. Nay Win, a taxi driver who tried to chase down the assassin, was also shot to death.

Asia and The Pacific Policy Society
A great place to have a war

A great place to have a war

On the new Policy Forum Pod, Josh Kurlantzick discusses his new book on the CIA’s secret war in Laos, and how the legacy of the conflict still echoes through US foreign policy today.

Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict
Mothers to Bombers: The Evolution of Indonesian Women Extremists

Mothers to Bombers: The Evolution of Indonesian Women Extremists

The Jakarta-based Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict's latest report focuses on the evolution of the role of women in Indonesian extremist organizations. The report  follows the December 2016 arrest of two Indonesian women as would-be suicide bombers and examines  how their desire for action coincided with the decision of ISIS leaders in Syria that in emergency conditions, women could be tactically deployed in jihad operations.

Asean Studies Program
Unholy Alliance: Ultra-Conservatism and Political Pragmatism in Indonesia

Unholy Alliance: Ultra-Conservatism and Political Pragmatism in Indonesia

Luthfi Assyaukanie, a researcher and scholar of Islam and politics, offers his view of how hard-line Islamists have been able to capture the national stage. 

New Mandala
Justice by Numbers

Justice by numbers

Sana Jaffrey explores why vigilantism is on the rise in Indonesia and how the massive anti-Ahok street mobilizations in Jakarta fit into this trend. 

Nikkei Asian Review
Rakhine conflict changes Myanmar's game

Rakhine conflict changes Myanmar's game

Gwen Robinson explain how the international outcry over the escalating military crackdown on Rohingya Muslims puts fresh pressure on Myanmar's de facto leader and State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi. 
 

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

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NYSEAN Voices

Podcast - The Rohingya Crisis: "Myanmar's Enemy Within" with Francis Wade

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.

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National Public Radio Series on Indonesia

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Migrant Returns: Manila, Development, and Transnational Connectivity

Eric J. Pido joins New Books in Southeast Asian Studies to talk about histories of departing from and returning to the Philippines, segregated suburbs and walled megacities, the balikbayaneconomy, returning migrants’ anxieties and hopes, medical tourism, and 1950s nostalgia.

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Uncovering Indonesia’s Act of Killing

Newly declassified documents add to what is known about the 1965-1966  mass killings in Indonesia, but much is still missing, writes Margaret Scott.

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New Books in Southeast Asian Studies Podcast

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The Only Viable Option for Resisting Populist Plutocrats: “Put the Leader Aside – Address Their Supporters”

Schechter covers the discussion between NYSEAN co-founder Duncan McCargo and former Thai premier Abhisit Vejjajiva on Thaksin

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Populist Plutocrats: Lessons From Around the World

NYSEAN Co-Founder Duncan McCargo debates Thaksin and Thai politics with former Thai prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva at Harvard Law School

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Imperial Bandits: Outlaws and Rebels in the China-Vietnam Borderlands

Here is the latest podcast from New Books in Southeast Asian Studies to discuss the malleability of bandits and banditry in the China and Vietnam borderlands. 

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