Upcoming Events

Gamelan Dharma Swara Blessing Ceremony & Season Launch Reception

September 23, 2018 - 4:00pm
North Brooklyn Farms

Call for applications: American Institute for Indonesian Studies Fellowship

September 24, 2018 - 11:45pm

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

September 26, 2018 - 6:30pm
Asia Society

Malaysia's Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad in conversation with the Honorable Kevin Rudd

September 27, 2018 - 8:00am
Asia Society

Indonesian Film Festival New York

September 28, 2018 - 7:00pm to September 30, 2018 - 7:00pm
SVA Theater

Singapore Literature Festival: Say It Differently

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

Does ASEAN Matter? A View From Within

October 9, 2018 - 12:00pm
Columbia University

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

October 13, 2018 (All day)
New York City

Call for proposals: Center for Khmer Studies Research Fellowships

November 15, 2018 - 11:45pm

Call for applications: Center for Indonesian Policy Studies

December 31, 2018 (All day)

Luce Initiative on Southeast Asia New Guidelines

December 31, 2018 - 11:45pm
Luce Foundation

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

New & Noteworthy

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.

    Military Training Civilians to Protect Against Perceived Threats to Nation

    Military Training Civilians to Protect Against Perceived Threats to Nation

    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

    half Asia Foundation
    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.

    [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


    NYSEAN Voices


    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


    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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    Latest on the U.S. and the Philippines

    A recent article in the New York Times  discusses recent shifts in U.S.-Philippines security relations. Fifteen years after the 9/11 attacks, the U.S.-Philippines relationship has moved more explicitly to containing China and less focused on counter-terrorism. Read more

    Thai junta marches toward day of reckoning

    After a couple of false starts since the May 2014 coup, Thailand now has a draft constitution, and Aug. 7 has been set for a referendum on adopting... Read more

    Thai Update 2016—what you missed

    The 2016 Thailand Update at Columbia was attended by around 50 people throughout the day, drawn by the line-up of expert speakers discussing different aspects of Thailand's politics, society and economy. Read more