Upcoming Events

Vietnam’s Media Landscape

March 20, 2018 - 12:00pm
Columbia University

Fabricating Power with Gendér Wayang

March 22, 2018 - 6:30pm
Bard Graduate Center


March 23, 2018 - 7:30pm
Washington D.C

Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts: A film by Mouly Surya

March 25, 2018 - 3:00pm
Anthology Film Archives

Indonesia's Upcoming Local and National Elections: Do the Islamists play a Role?

March 26, 2018 - 12:00pm
New York University

Liberalism and Its Discontents in Southeast Asia

March 26, 2018 - 6:00pm
New York University

Thailand Update 2018: Towards Thailand 4.0?

March 27, 2018 - 9:00am to 4:00pm
Columbia University

The Rohingya Crisis: Human Rights and the International Community

March 28, 2018 - 5:00pm
CUNY School of Law

Mediating Islam: Journalism in Southeast Asia

March 30, 2018 - 12:00pm
NYU Wagner

The Legacy and Impact of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia

April 10, 2018 - 6:30pm
Woolworth Building - NYU SPS

NYSEAN Tour of Fabricating Power with Balinese Textiles

April 11, 2018 - 5:00pm
Bard Graduate Center Gallery

Southeast Asia Strategic Update 2018

April 12, 2018 - 12:00pm
Columbia University

NY Historical Society: The Vietnam War 1945-1975

April 22, 2018 - 5:00pm
New York Historical Society

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

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

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

New & Noteworthy

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

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

half Pamela D. McElwee
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. 

Social Weather Survey
Satisfaction with how democracy works at 76%

Social Weather Survey

The Fourth Quarter 2015 Social Weather Survey findings on satisfaction with democracy and preference for democracy are in.

Abuses persist in PH's 'climate of impunity' – Amnesty Int'l

Abuses persist in PH's 'climate of impunity' – Amnesty International

The lack of laws and structures to strengthen human rights contribute to the 'climate of impunity' in the Philippines, says Amnesty International.

The Jakarta Post
HRW calls on US government to reveal truth about 1965 massacre

HRW calls on US government to reveal truth about 1965 massacre

An article from the Jakarta Post on Human Right Watch (HRW)'s call for the US government to reveal the truth about the 1965 massacre. Human Rights Watch has said an apology over the atrocities of 1965 would be futile unless the whole truth was revealed.

The International NGO said the government should be held accountable for its actions related to the killings of people who were considered associated with communism, including for what is hidden in secret files held by the US government.

Thailand: NRC Recommendations to the Government on Overcoming Violence

Thailand: NRC Report on Overcoming Violence Through the Power of Reconciliation