President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines has ordered military officials to stop construction work on a sandbar in a disputed area of the South China Sea after Beijing complained, the country’s defense chief said on Wednesday.
Eric J. Pido joins New Books in Southeast Asian Studies to talk about histories of departing from and returning to the Philippines, segregated suburbs and walled megacities, the balikbayaneconomy, returning migrants’ anxieties and hopes, medical tourism, and 1950s nostalgia.
"Policy Miscalculations on Papua," the latest report from the Jakarta-based Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict (IPAC), looks in depth at how Jakarta policies have affected the independence movement; human rights investigations; and local elections in Papua.
Washington announced it will end military aid to some Myanmar units involved in the forced displacement of the Rohingya minority, but experts say the move will have limited impact — and could even backfire on U.S. efforts to end the crackdown, which has driven more than 600,000 people from their homes.
Why did the world — which promised “never again” after Rwanda and Bosnia, then Sudan and Syria — seemingly do so little to forestall an ethnic cleansing campaign by Myanmar’s military? And what can be done now to address the urgent humanitarian calamity caused when more than half of Myanmar’s ethnic Rohingya Muslims fled the country over just a few weeks?
Duncan McCargo speaks with Astrid Noren-Nilsson for New Books in Southeast Asian Studieson the sidelines of the 2017 EuroSEAS conference at the University of Oxford, where Cambodia’s Second Kingdom was shortlisted for the
Joshua Kurlantzick discusses the backsliding of democracy in Southeast Asia and what we can expect in 2018.