Dr. Marcus Mietzner discusses why Islamists are taking politics to the street in Indonesia and why the target is President Jokowi

We sat down with Dr. Marcus Mietzner after his talk at NYU Wagner to discuss the future of Jokowi's presidency and the recent political developments in Indonesia

Chiranuch Premchaiporn on why the political climate is so bleak in Thailand especially for journalists

New York Southeast Asia Network and NYU Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service hosted executive director of Prachatai.com to discuss freedom of expression in Thailand. After her talk, we spoke with her about her time in the United States and her views on the new Computer Crime Act.

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.

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.

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. 

Faces of Shwedagon

Visiting Burma again in July 2015, I became quite fascinated by people’s faces. I made several trips to the Shwedagon Pagoda in Rangoon at different times of day, taking nearly five hundred portraits and candid pictures. These are the best of them. A confession: my favorite subjects, the young woman and child, were actually photographed at the World Peace Pagoda in Naypyitaw, a replica of Shwedagon.

Religious Ultra-Nationalism in Myanmar/Burma

NYSEAN interview with David Scott Mathieson, Senior Researcher on Burma for the Asia Division of Human Rights Watch, on Religious Ultra-Nationalism in Burma/Myanmar.

The South China Sea: The View From the Philippines

The Honorable Antonio T. Carpio, Senior Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines, discusses the South China Sea disputes in an October 7, 2015 lecture at Columbia University. Moderated by Ann Marie Murphy, Senior Research Scholar at the Weatherhead East Asian Institute. Co-sponsored by SEASI and the New York Southeast Asia Network.

Bangkok Shutdown 2014

By late 2013, a mass movement to protest against the elected government of Yingluck Shinawatra – sister of former premier Thaksin Shinawatra – was gathering strength. The so-called PDRC (People’s Democratic Reform Committee) blocked several major intersections, pledging in January 2014 to ‘Shutdown Bangkok’. The protests peaked with the successful disruption of the February 2, 2014 elections: in districts such Rachathewi, seen here, ballot boxes were impounded by demonstrators. The protests largely fizzled out by March, but had helped create the conditions for May 22, 2014 military coup.