Upcoming Events

Islam, Identity and Populism in Indonesia

February 19, 2019 - 12:00pm
NYU Law School

The Cleaners, A film by Moritz Riesewieck and Hans Block

February 20, 2019 - 6:30pm
Room 202, Luce Hall

The State of Human Rights in Southeast Asia

February 21, 2019 - 12:00pm
Columbia University

Reporting Asia: Vietnam

February 21, 2019 - 4:30pm
Room 918, International Affairs Building

Call for Papers: The 3rd SEAMEO SPAFA International Conference on Southeast Asian Archaeology

February 22, 2019 (All day)
SPAFA

Vietnam & China in the Longue Durée

February 22, 2019 - 9:00am to February 23, 2019 - 1:00pm
1501 International Affairs Building

Public-Private Partnerships In Real Estate: Singapore's Model For Success In Urban Development

February 25, 2019 - 12:30pm
 International Affairs Building, Room 918

Megaprojects and National Development Models in Timor-Leste

February 27, 2019 - 12:00pm
Room 203, Luce Hall

Call for Applications: SEARC's Leadership & Advocacy Training 2019

February 28, 2019 (All day)
SEARC

Khmer Language and Culture Study Program Summer, Cambodia

February 28, 2019 (All day)
Cambodia

Junior Resident Fellows Program in Siem Reap, Cambodia

February 28, 2019 (All day)
Siem Reap, Cambodia

PhD Scholarship, Southeast Asian Politics, Griffith University

February 28, 2019 - 5:00pm
Griffith University, Australia

Call for Papers: The 7th International Symposium of Journal Antropologi Indonesia

March 1, 2019 (All day)
Universitas Gadjah Mada

Opportunity: CKS Scholar-in-Residence Fellowship 2019

March 1, 2019 (All day)
Center for Khmer Studies

Disinformation Crisis and Southeast Asian Elections: Behind the Scenes of Fake News Production and Fact-Check Interventions

March 5, 2019 - 4:00pm
Columbia University

Biodiversity Conservation in Vietnam: Challenges in the 21st Century

March 6, 2019 - 12:00pm
Luce Hall, 34 Hillhouse Avenue

Conformities and Interruptions in Southeast Asia - Cornell Southeast Asia Program's 21st Graduate Student Conference

March 8, 2019 - 5:00pm to March 10, 2019 - 12:00am
Kahin Center for Advanced Research on Southeast Asia

Call for Submissions: The Stilt House Zine, Genealogy Stories

March 21, 2019 (All day)
Cambodian American Literary Arts Association

Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network: A Discussion Among Writers

March 23, 2019 - 5:00pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop

Thailand Update 2019: Making Sense of the Elections

March 26, 2019 - 9:00am to 5:00pm
Columbia University

Art in Contested Political and Cultural Terrains, Asia

March 27, 2019 - 6:30pm
Second floor, Faculty House, Columbia University

Call for Proposals: Of Peninsula and Archipelago, The Landscape of Translation in Southeast Asia

April 1, 2019 (All day)
International Association for Translation and Intercultural Studies

Call for Submissions: 2019 Conference of the Canadian Council for Southeast Asian Studies

April 1, 2019 (All day)
Canadian Council for Southeast Asian Studies

Infrastructure as Asset or Public Good: Who Gives a Dam? Financing Development and Development Finance Along the Mekong and Ayeyarwaddy

April 9, 2019 - 4:00pm
Columbia University

Attractor

April 29, 2019 (All day) to May 1, 2019 (All day)
The Joyce Theater

Job Vacancy: Instructor for Junior Resident Fellows Program in Cambodia

April 30, 2019 (All day)
Center for Khmer Studies

Call For Submissions: Second Gaudy Boy Poetry Book Prize

May 15, 2019 (All day)
Singapore Unbound

New & Noteworthy

The Guardian
Philippines secret death squads: officer claims police teams behind wave of killings

Philippines secret death squads: officer claims police teams behind wave of killings

Thousands of people have been killed since Rodrigo Duterte became president and, according to one officer, secret police teams are partly responsible

The Atlantic
I Will Kill All the Drug Lords

I Will Kill All the Drug Lords

In May, Rodrigo Duterte, who served as Davao’s mayor for 21 years, was elected president of the Philippines, defeating four other challengers with a promise to purge the country of drug dealers.

Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development
Economic Outlook for Southeast Asia, China and India 2016

OECD, Economic Outlook for Southeast Asia, China and India 2016: Enhancing Regional Ties

The annual Economic Outlook for Southeast Asia, China and Indiaexamines Asia’s regional economic growth, development and regional integration process. It focuses on the economic conditions of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member countries: Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Viet Nam. It also addresses relevant economic issues in People’s Republic of China and India to fully reflect economic developments in the region.

The Asia Foundation
Laos: Reaping the Benefits of a New Era of International Cooperation

Laos: Reaping the Benefits of a New Era of International Cooperation

This month, the Southeast Asian nation of Laos hosted two of the region’s most important annual gatherings—the ASEAN Summit and the East Asia Summit—in its capital, Vientiane. President Barack Obama, who led the U.S. delegation, made historyby becoming the first sitting U.S. president to visit the country.

The New York Times
Southeast Asia Blazes May Have Led to Deaths of Over 100,000, Study Says

Southeast Asia Blazes May Have Led to Deaths of Over 100,000, Study Says

A study by public health experts from Columbia and Harvard reveal that pollution from burning forests may have led to premature deaths of more than 100,000 people in the region. 

The Muslim World
Islamic Studies or Asian Studies? Islam in Southeast Asia

Islamic Studies or Asian Studies? Islam in Southeast Asia

Chiara Formichi's article in The Muslim World is a huge contribution to the study of Islam in Southeast Asia. She explores why Islamic Studies and Southeast Studies were separated and how this separation has impoverished both fields. 

East Asia Forum
ASEAN centrality losing ground

ASEAN centrality losing ground

Mathew Davies of ANU argues that ASEAN is losing its centrality in the Asia-Pacific in the face of great power machinations and a lack of leadership within the organization.

Nikkei Asian Review
US move on Myanmar sanctions sparks jubilation, dismay

US move on Myanmar sanctions sparks jubilation, dismay

Gwen Robinson delves into what the lifting of sanctions means for Aung San Suu Kyi, her relationship with the still powerful military and for Myanmar's economy. She analyses the reasons for President Obama's decision and why human rights groups are opposed.

Center for a New American Security
CNAS Commentary: Can the U.S.-Philippine Alliance Endure Duterte?

CNAS Commentary: Can the U.S.-Philippine Alliance Endure Duterte?

As new Philippine President Duterte continues his anti-American campaign CNAS experts assess the damage it is doing to the U.S.-Philippine Alliance.

Institute of Development Studies
Uneven Developments: Toward Inclusive Land Governance in Contemporary Cambodia

Uneven Developments: Toward Inclusive Land Governance in Contemporary Cambodia

This paper, commissioned as part of a Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) 'learning journey' on inclusive land governance, inquires whether these reforms constitute durable institutional change, or temporary and calculated forms of social inclusion aimed at managing an increasingly volatile political and economic landscape. 

Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs
Reading List and Discussion Questions on Climate Change and The Philippines

Reading List and Discussion Questions on Climate Change and The Philippines

Many island nations like the Philippines are already being affected by rising sea levels, a specter of what lies ahead for low-lying cities such as Miami, Florida. This reading list and discussion questions explores these issues in the context of the Philippines. How is the encroaching threat of climate change reshaping culture, politics, and even faith in these communities? How can the claim of economic prosperity be reconciled with the equally valid claim of sustainability and conservation?

ABC's Bob Woodruff talks with children in Laos. ABC News
America's Secret War in Laos Uncovered

America's Secret War in Laos Uncovered

As Obama makes his historic visit, ABC correspondent Bob Woodruff travels across Laos, meeting victims new and old bearing witness to the legacy left behind by America’s secret war.

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

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NYSEAN Voices

Prof. Duncan McCargo talks about the changes in the behavior of politicians who are likely to win polls

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Local poll leaves Hun Sen looking vulnerable in 2018 election

Cambodia's ruling party needs to woo disenchanted voters to retain hold on powe

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Podcast - Talking Indonesia: Banning Extremist Groups

Dr. Dave McRae and Sidney Jones explore how Indonesia should deal with Islamist extremists.

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Podcast - Caring for Strangers: Filipino Medical Workers in Asia

If you’ve been hospitalized in Europe, North America, Australia or the Middle East in recent years, chances are that at some point a nurse from the Philippines has had some part in your treatment. As Megha Amrith writes in the introduction to Caring for Strangers: Filipino Medical Workers in Asia (NIAS Press, 2017), Filipinos today comprise one of the largest global diasporas of medical workers, with the Philippines having over 400 nursing colleges, many of them aimed primarily at preparing graduates for work abroad.

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Buddhism, Politics and Political Thought in Myanmar

Matthew Walton, author of Buddhism, Politics and Political Thought in Myanmar, speaks with New Books in Southeast Asian Studies

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Endy Bayuni Assesses the Jokowi Administration

Endy Bayuni, the chief editor of the Jakarta Post, recently spoke at Columbia University, giving his assessment of the Jokowi administration at the halfway mark. Bayuni described how Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has gone from being an outsider elected president in 2014 to being the most powerful president to date in 2017. Initially, Jokowi struggled to gain support even from his own party, the PDIP (Partai Indonesia Perjuangan). Gradually, according to Bayuni, Jokowi employed strategic political moves and transformed his weak position into one of strength and now presides over the parliament, the cabinet, and even the national police.

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Thailand Update 2017

In recent months, public life in Thailand has been overshadowed by the momentous October 13, 2016 passing of long-reigning King Bhumibol, and the December 1 accession of the King Vajiralongkorn to the throne. Although a popular referendum approved the 2016 draft constitution last August, that constitution has yet to pass into law, and no date has been set for the next general election. As the ruling military junta completes its third year in power, freedom of expression remains severely constrained, and Thailand faces a range of economic and social challenges. During this third Columbia Thailand Update event, eight speakers will present their research and views on the latest developments and prospects, at a crucial juncture in the country’s history.

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Working Towards the Monarchy: The Politics of Space in Downtown Bangkok

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