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Call for proposals: Center for Khmer Studies Research Fellowships

November 15, 2018 - 11:45pm

Toilets and Cities: From NYC to Phnom Penh

November 19, 2018 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
NYU Wagner, The Rudin Family Forum for Civic Dialogue

Call for applications: CKS Scholar-in-Residence Fellowship 2019

November 26, 2018 - 11:45pm
Center for Khmer Studies

"Call Her Ganda" Film Screening and Talk with PJ Raval

November 27, 2018 - 6:30pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop

Call for proposals to the 14th Conference of the International Association of Genocide Scholars

November 30, 2018 (All day)
Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Call for Proposals: NYSEAN Partners Fund

November 30, 2018 - 12:00pm

Call for panels: EuroSEAS Conference 2019

December 1, 2018 (All day)
European Association for Southeast Asian Studies Conference

Call for applications: Center for Indonesian Policy Studies

December 31, 2018 (All day)

Taste and Discover Filipino Food Tour

December 31, 2018 - 11:45pm
New York City

Call for applications: The Asia Studies Fellowship at the East-West Center

January 2, 2019 - 11:45pm
Washington D.C.

Tuan Andrew Nguyen: Letters From Saigon to Saigon

January 6, 2019 - 6:00pm
Asia Society

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

Call for applications: USINDO Summer Studies 2019

February 8, 2019 (All day)
Applications at the link

New & Noteworthy

Economy and Environment Program for Southeast Asia
Self-protection against flood in Cambodia

Self-protection against flood in Cambodia

This research investigated (1) the change in Cambodian’s preference for self‑protection against natural disasters, (2) how groups can influence communities toward self‑protection, (3) the collective community investments to reduce the expected losses associated with natural disasters, and (4) the existing social institutions in Cambodian communities that improved their voluntary contribution to the protection against disasters’ interdependent risk.

The Culture Trip
Top 10 Filipino Contemporary Artists & Where to Find Them

Top 10 Filipino Contemporary Artists & Where to Find Them

With the exception of a few established artists on the international stage, the Filipino art scene was long confined to an insular environment – until about a decade ago. After a 50-year hiatus, the Philippines participated in the 2015 Venice Biennale with a national pavilion, which drew attention to the region and brought a new wave of local artists into the limelight. We profile ten contemporary Filipino artists you should know.

The New York Times
Myanmar Peace Talks Begin, High in Symbolism and in Skepticism

Myanmar Peace Talks Begin, High in Symbolism and in Skepticism

Asia Maritime Transparency Initative
What Countries are Taking Sides After the South China Sea Ruling?

CSIS Analysis of Who is Taking Sides in the South China Sea after Hague Ruling

Frontier Myanmar
Law reform: A daunting challenge

Law Reform: A Daunting Challenge

A commission headed by former parliament speaker Thura U Shwe Mann has been reviewing the nation’s laws, but some say more clarity – and consultation – is needed from the government on its legal reform plans.

Asian American Writers' Workshop
Viet Thanh Nguyen: Anger in the Asian American Novel

Viet Thanh Nguyen: Anger in the Asian American Novel

The Vietnam War ended 40 years ago. A new regime rose from the battlefields. Families like mine fled across the Pacific. Many died at sea. Others wish they had. There’s no happy ending to this story—not when the losers ceaselessly obsess over their defeat by a people they regard as having little value for human life. This obsession, of course, dominates the ways Americans tell and retell their “intervention” in the Vietnamese peoples’ struggle for freedom.

Foreign Policy
Monkeys and Small Children Have Thai Officials on High Alert Ahead of Referendum

Monkeys and Small Children Have Thai Officials on High Alert Ahead of Referendum

Schoolgirls and macaques have come under the scrutiny of the military junta, which has been accused of intimidating those opposed to the referendum.

Nikkei Asian Review
Thai business heads give the government passing marks

Thai business heads give the government passing marks

Somkid has adjusted tax incentives for 10 industrial clusters, each focusing on a new industry, to be located in the Eastern Economic Corridor along Thailand's east coast industrial belt. The private sector is particularly keen to see whether the government can push its ambitious plans by next year, when an election is planned.

The Isaan Record
“It’s not wrong to campaign”

It’s not wrong to campaign

A newly formed activist group gathered at Si Than Lake on Khon Kaen University campus to protest against the ban on public campaigns to reject the draft constitution and military government’s intimidation of activists.

Final Report of the International People's Tribunal on 1965 Killings in Indonesia

Final Report of the International People's Tribunal on 1965 Killings in Indonesia

Final Report of the International People's Tribunal on 1965 Killings in Indonesia

The International People’s Tribunal on the 1965 Crimes Against Humanity (IPT 1965) has concluded  that the Indonesian government had committed acts of genocide, as stipulated in the 1948 International Genocide Convention, during the 1965 communist purge, which reportedly led to the death approximately 500,000 people. The IPT is not legally binding, but the  judges are sending their report to the UN with an eye on further action being taken.

Rising conservatism in M’sian Islam not just from Arabisation

Rising conservatism in M’sian Islam not just from Arabisation

A useful analysis of the rising conservatism in Malaysian Islam. The author argues that blaming Wahhabism misses just as important local and political reasons. 

International Crisis Group
The Philippines: Renewing Prospects for Peace in Mindanao

The Philippines: Renewing Prospects for Peace in Mindanao

The southern Philippines is potentially closer to peace than at any time in the four decades since Muslim insurgents started fighting for independence, but the substantial progress over the past six years is also fragile.

Washington Monthly
Genocide in Burma

Washington Monthly Explores the Genocide in Burma 

The Rohingya may well be the most persecuted people on the planet, and nobody, including the United States, is lifting a finger to help.

Carnegie Council
Islam and Pluralism in Indonesia

Podcast on Islam and Pluralism in Indonesia 

Devin Stewart of the Carnegie Council discusses Islam, democracy and challenges in contemporary politics in Indonesia with Margaret Scott.

Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict
Rebuilding after Communal Violence: Lessons from Tolikara, Papua

Rebuilding After Communal Violence in Papua

Jakarta-based Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict takes a look at what has happened since violence broke out in Tolikara, Papua.


    NYSEAN Voices

    Human Rights and Duterte’s War on Drugs

    The Philippine president sees drug dealing and addiction as “major obstacles to the Philippines’ economic and social progress,” says John Gershman Read more

    Asian Views on America’s Role in Asia at Columbia University

    Watch the full video of the panel discussion here Read more

    China, Japan, and America: Three Tigers on One Mountain?

    Carnegie Council's Devin Stewart talks with Richard McGregor, a journalist and author specializing in East Asia. He is working on a new book that... Read more

    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


    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