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Bamboo for Peace: Enchanting sounds and rhythms of Indonesia

April 30, 2018 - 6:30pm
United Nations

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

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

Democracy for Sale in Indonesia

May 1, 2018 - 12:00pm
NYU

Myanmar in Transition: Historic Change at the Crossroads of Asia

May 2, 2018 - 12:00pm
Columbia University

Why Terrorists Quit

May 4, 2018 - 5:00pm
NYU

Danh Vo at the Guggenheim

May 9, 2018 - 5:45pm
Guggenheim Museum

Call For Papers: Southeast Asia Meets Global Challenges

May 31, 2018 - 12:00pm
University of Leeds

Call for Applications: CSEAS Kyoto Fellowship

May 31, 2018 - 12:00pm
Kyoto University

Asian Research Center for International Development (ARCID)

July 5, 2018 - 12:00pm
Mae Fah Luang University

From Possibilities to Vision and Action: Preparing Viet Nam for Its Next Phase of Growth

August 9, 2018 - 8:00am to August 10, 2018 - 8:00am
Da Nang University, Da Nang, Viet Nam

New & Noteworthy

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

The Saudis Are Coming

In 1980, Saudi Arabia started an all­ expenses-­paid university in Jakarta. The Institute for the Study of Islam and Arabic (LIPIA)... Read more

Pluralism and Diversity: Best Practices from Singapore and Southeast Asia

Representative Zafar and Minister Zulkifli discussed current trends in the regional-level approaches to cultivating mutual respect in diverse... Read more

Podcast: What to Make of Duterte's Philippines

John Gershman of NYU discusses with Carnegie Council’s Devin Stewart the state of Filipino politics since the election of Rodrigo Duterte and where the country may be headed. Topics covered include the Philippines’ anti-drug campaign, extrajudicial killings, climate change vulnerability, and diplomatic relations with China, the U.S., and ASEAN. Read more

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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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