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New & Noteworthy

The New York Times
Governor of Jakarta Bucks Indonesia’s Party Politics

Governor of Jakarta Bucks Indonesia’s Party Politics

The Guardian
‘17,000 Islands of Imagination’: Discovering Indonesian Literature

‘17,000 Islands of Imagination’: Discovering Indonesian Literature

The Economist
Cash for questions : Barack Obama in Vietnam

Cash for questions : Barack Obama in Vietnam

Duterte's Final Rally

These images from Philippine presidential front-runner Rodrigo Duterte's huge final rally at Manila's Luneta Park on May 7, 2016 focus on the excitement and color of a hard-fought campaign - and especially the strong emotions at play. In the final picture, vice-presidential candidate Alan Cayetano snaps group selfies from the stage.

ISIS in Ambon: The Fallout from Communal Conflict

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What a Duterte Win Means for Philippines

What a Duterte Win Means for Philippines

In 2010, the Philippines conducted its first-ever automated poll, and I wrote that “elections had changed, but politics didn’t.” This year for a second time, a general election, including the presidency, was automated. Again we had concessions from presidential candidates the day after the polls instead of having to wait weeks for a manual count.

Asia Foundation
Imperatives for Peace Face New President in the Philippines

Imperatives for Peace Face New President in the Philippines

As the campaign period for the May 9 Philippine general elections comes to a close, increasing numbers of Bangsamoro peace process advocates are pushing national and local candidates for more explicit statements regarding their strategy in resolving the protracted conflict in Mindanao. Some worry about whether the peace process will continue under a new president.

Saigoneer
[Photos] 30 Images of 1975 Saigon

[Photos] 30 Images of 1975 Saigon

On April 30, Vietnam marked 41 years since the end of the American War. While Saigon has changed dramatically in those four decades, transforming into the economic heart of the country as well as its most modern metropolis, April 30, 1975 was a fateful day for the city's residents – and, of course, the country as a whole. Though much of Saigon's history does not exist on film or on paper, this day – and the months which followed – were well-documented in the city.

Financial Times
Trump, Le Pen and the enduring appeal of nationalism

Mark Mazower on Benedict Anderson and the enduring relevance of his analysis of Nationalism

Southeast Asia Globe
Make or break time for the Mekong

Make or break time for the Mekong

As drought lingers and unfettered dam construction plugs the Mekong river, managing the life-giving waterway becomes ever more crucial. All eyes are now on a new China-led initiative that claims to have the region’s best interests at heart
 

Maritime Awareness Project
A new platform for analyses and data on maritime security

Gain a better understanding of the South China Sea Dispute with MAP

The National Bureau of Asian Research and the Sasakawa USA have partnered on a new innovative platform for analyses and data on maritime security called the Maritime Awareness Project (MAP). The MAP portal combines exciting, interactive mapping technology with rigorous analyses from the world’s leading maritime experts to serve as the leading authoritative resource on maritime issues.

New York Times
Indonesia Moves to Investigate Anti-Communist Atrocities

Indonesia Moves to Investigate Anti-Communist Atrocities

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Forests Are Gold Trees, People, and Environmental Rule in Vietnam

Pamela D. McElwee's new book is out

Forests Are Gold examines the management of Vietnam's forests in the tumultuous twentieth century-from French colonialism to the recent transition to market-oriented economics-as the country united, prospered, and transformed people and landscapes.

Burma's Transition to Democracy: A Francis Fukuyama Conversation with Larry Diamond

On April 5, CDDRL Director Francis Fukuyama held an interview with FSI Senior Fellow Larry Diamond on Burma's recent elections and it's ongoing transition to democracy. Particularly, Diamond remarked on the significant role Aung Sang Suu Kyi will play and the social and political challenges the new leadership.

Council on Foreign Relations
Rebalance to Asia Led to Drop in Security Assistance for Southeast Asia

Rebalance to Asia Led to Drop in Security Assistance for Southeast Asia

In 2011, the Obama administration launched an approach to East Asia called the “rebalance to Asia.” One aspect of the rebalance was supposed to be strengthening security relationships in Southeast Asia, including through bilateral security assistance. Yet an analysis of U.S. security assistance to Southeast Asian nations shows that, in nominal dollars, overall security aid to Southeast Asia fell by 19 percent since 2010, the year before the rebalance was launched. Accounting for inflation, the overall decline in U.S. security assistance to the region would have been even steeper.

First Philippine presidential debate for 2016 election

The first official presidential debate in 24 years was held in Cagayan de Oro City. The urban centers of Mindanao are visibly booming, but the old problems of poverty, peace and order concerns, and power shortages continue to haunt the countryside. 

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