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Call for Proposals: NYSEAN Partners Fund
May
31
12:00 AM00:00

Call for Proposals: NYSEAN Partners Fund

The mission of the New York Southeast Asia Network (NYSEAN) is to promote research on, and awareness of, Southeast Asia. Toward that end, NYSEAN has established the Partners Fund to foster collaboration among academics, artists, policymakers and other professionals working on contemporary Southeast Asia. To promote such cooperation, the NYSEAN Partners Fund is issuing a call for proposals aimed at funding conferences, small workshops, panel discussions, exhibitions, art installations or performances that address historical or contemporary issues in Southeast Asia and/or U.S.-Southeast Asia relations.

Proposals should be submitted to coordinator@nysean.org by May 31, 2019.

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The Justice Facade: Genocide, International Justice, and Human Rights in Cambodia
Apr
17
12:30 PM12:30

The Justice Facade: Genocide, International Justice, and Human Rights in Cambodia

  • 726 Broadway New York, NY, 10003 United States (map)
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Is there a point to international justice? Many contend that tribunals deliver not only justice but truth, reconciliation, peace, democratization, and the rule of law. These are the transitional justice ideals frequently invoked in relation to the international hybrid tribunal in Cambodia that is trying senior leaders of the Khmer Rouge regime for genocide and crimes against humanity committed during the mid-to-late 1970s. In this ground-breaking book, The Justice Facade, Alexander Hinton argues these claims are a facade masking what is most critical: the ways in which transitional justice is translated, experienced, and understood in everyday life. Rather than reading the Khmer Rouge Tribunal in the language of global justice and human rights, survivors understand the proceedings in their own terms, including Buddhist beliefs and on-going relationships with the spirits of the dead.

Alexander Hinton is Distinguished Professor of Anthropology and Global Affairs, Director of the Center for the Study of Genocide and Human Rights, and UNESCO Chair on Genocide Prevention at Rutgers University, Newark. He is a past President of the International Association of Genocide Scholars and served as an expert witness at the Khmer Rouge Tribunal.

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  • NYSEAN

  • NYU Wagner's Office of International Programs

  • NYU's Liberal Studies Program

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Vietnam’s Relations with China: Domestic impact and international implications
Apr
3
12:00 PM12:00

Vietnam’s Relations with China: Domestic impact and international implications

The speaker for this Brown Bag Seminar is Ngo Vinh Long, who is a professor of Asian Studies in the History Department at the University of Maine. He has been teaching courses on China, Japan, South Asia, Southeast Asia and Vietnam at this university since 1985. His areas of interest include social and economic development in Asia and US relations with Asian countries. He is the author four books and over three hundred articles in various languages. He was a co-founder of the Committee of Asian Concerned Asian Scholars and its Bulletin of Concerned Asian Scholars in 1968, renamed Critical Asian Studies in 2000. He has travelled to Vietnam almost every year since 1986 to do research and to work with various academic institutions and non-governmental organizations there.

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  • Yale Council On Southeast Asia Studies

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The South China Sea: US Foreign Policy Challenges and Geo-Political Impacts
Mar
29
6:00 PM18:00

The South China Sea: US Foreign Policy Challenges and Geo-Political Impacts

Conflict in the The South China Sea has become one of the most significant geopolitical concerns of the 21 century. It is estimated that that $5.3 trillion worth of goods moves through the South China Sea annually, 1.2 trillion of which is with the US. Around forty percent of global liquefied natural gas trade moves through the South China Sea. Any military conflict there would cripple critical global supply chains. In recent years, China has undertaken efforts to reclaim thousands of square feet in the South China Sea. Its construction of artificial islands and infrastructure such as  runways, support buildings, loading piers, and possible satellite communication antennas has prompted its neighbors and the US to question China’s motives. The US Navy sends ships into the South China Sea to counter what Washington sees as Beijing’s efforts to limit freedom of navigation in the strategic waters, where Chinese, Japanese, and some Southeast Asian navies operate. The slightest miscalculation could have dire consequences not just for Sino-US relations but also have implications for the region.

Can there be a “win win” situation in the South China Sea? What are China’s ultimate objectives? What should the US’s strategic goals be? How should the US and other countries within the region avoid conflict and instead foster a greater sense of trust and enhance cooperation in the South China Sea?

Moderator: Earl Carr, Adjunct Instructor, NYUSPS Center for Global Affairs; Managing Director, Momentum Advisors

Panelists:

Kimball Chen, Chairman, The Global LPG Partnership; Chairman, Energy Transportation Group, Inc.

Rorry Daniels, Deputy Project Director, Forum on Asia-Pacific Security, National Committee on American Foreign Policy

Brigadier General S. Clinton Hinote, Deputy Director, Air Force Warfighting Integration Capability; Deputy Chief of Staff for Strategic Plans and Requirements, Headquarters U.S. Air Force

Li Qingsi, Professor for International Relations, School of International Studies, Renmin University

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Hosted by: 

  • NYUSPS Center for Global Affairs

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The Rohingya: Statelessness, Refugeehood and a ‘Subhuman’ Life, by Nasir Uddin
Feb
11
12:15 PM12:15

The Rohingya: Statelessness, Refugeehood and a ‘Subhuman’ Life, by Nasir Uddin

The Rohingyas, an ethno-linguistic and religious minority of Myanmar known as the most persecuted people in the world, experienced a brutal atrocity in 2017 perpetrated by Myanmar security forces and vigilantes what the United Nations Human Rights Council explained as “a textbook example of ethnic cleansing.” Following an attack made by the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) on August 25, 2017, Myanmar security forces launched a clearance operation, which, a report of a three-member-panel appointed by the United Nations confirms, forced 725,000 Rohingyas to flee to Bangladesh, about 10,000 Rohingyas were killed in the first two months, hundreds of women and girls were (gang) raped, and 392 villages were partially or totally destroyed. Along with the previous ones, Bangladesh now hosts 1.3 million Rohingya in its Southeastern part, Ukhia and Teknaf. The locals are becoming ‘unwelcoming’ since 1.3 million additional people have begun to share local resources, livelihood sources, and social utilities. In Myanmar, if we considering the intensity of atrocity committed by the state forces, the ways the Rohingyas have been dealt with as if they are not human beings. Now, the Rohingyas are ‘struggling for existence’ in Bangladesh having an obscured past, critical present and an uncertain future. The Rohingyas belong to no state as Myanmar stripped of their citizenship four decades ago and Bangladesh does not recognize them even as refugees. Given the context, the talk with empirically grounded evidences presents the current states of Rohingya in the Borderland of Bangladesh and Myanmar within the broader spectrum of statelessness, refugeehood and “subhuman life”.  

Nasir Uddin is a cultural anthropologist based in Bangladesh, and Professor of Anthropology at Chittagong University. Currently, he is working as a Research Consultant with the Department of Anthropology and Sociology at SOAS, University of London. 

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The 3rd Yale Symposium on the Impact of Chinese Overseas Investment: Greening The Belt & Road
Jan
25
12:30 PM12:30

The 3rd Yale Symposium on the Impact of Chinese Overseas Investment: Greening The Belt & Road

  • 195 Prospect Street New Haven, CT, 06511 United States (map)
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This Symposium will explore the ways in which China’s impact on the world is evolving as Chinese companies and investors continue to shape global supply chains and local economies. We seek diverse perspectives from NGOs, businesses, and academia to provide nuanced analyses of various topics, including but not limited to: what the Belt and Road Initiative actually is; China’s changing environmental governance and policies; climate considerations in infrastructure development; the implications of the Belt and Road for biodiversity and ecosystems, among others.


Speakers:

Adina Matisoff, Ph.D. Candidate, University of California Los Angeles, Department of Geography 

Austin Lord, PhD Candidate, Cornell University, Department of Anthropology 

Brian Eyler, Director, Southeast Asia Program, Stimson Center

Registration is free, and food will be provided for lunch and coffee breaks.

For more information, please visit this website or email china-symposium-fes@yale.edu.

Hosted by Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.


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Lunch with Professor Mari Pangestu
Nov
13
12:00 PM12:00

Lunch with Professor Mari Pangestu

  • 1280 Amsterdam Avenue New York, NY, 10027 United States (map)
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Professor Mari Pangestu served as Indonesia’s Minister of Trade from 2004 to 2011, and as Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy from 2011 until October 2014. As Minister of Trade she led all the international trade negotiations and cooperation for Indonesia. As Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy, apart from the tourism portfolio, she was in charge of developing a strategy for the Creative Economy in Indonesia.

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The Asia Summits and the U.S. Midterm Elections
Nov
7
8:30 AM08:30

The Asia Summits and the U.S. Midterm Elections

Join Asia Society as Ambassador Kristie Kenney, one of America’s most highly decorated public servants, shares her insights on the state of U.S. relations with Asia ahead of a series of important annual summits taking place in November — the ASEAN and East Asia Summit in Singapore, and the APEC meeting in Papua New Guinea. She will discuss the implications of President Trump’s planned absence from the upcoming meetings for U.S. standing in the region with Asia Society Policy Institute Vice President and former Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Daniel Russel. Topics will range from the ongoing U.S.-China trade disputes to developments on the Korean peninsula, and the impact, if any, of the November midterm elections on U.S. policy towards the Indo-Pacific region.

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Hosted by Asia Society.

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So Far Away From Vietnam with director Laurence Gavron
Oct
25
6:15 PM18:15

So Far Away From Vietnam with director Laurence Gavron

The fall of Dien Bien Phu and the Geneva Accords in 1954 signalled the end of a century of France’s presence in Indochina. In the French army, large numbers of soldiers from the colonies, particularly North and Sub-Saharan Africa, were repatriated to their home countries. Among these were many African soldiers from the four communes of Senegal who had full French citizenship and had taken Vietnamese wives. They went home with wife, children, and sometimes mother-in-law. This film is intended as a tribute to the Vietnamese women who left everything behind to start a new life in a country they knew nothing about, very far from their homeland, their way of life and their memories. 

Hosted by Columbia’s Institute of Africana Studies.

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Indonesian Foreign Policy: From Free and Active to Leadership in the Indo-Pacific
Oct
25
2:00 PM14:00

Indonesian Foreign Policy: From Free and Active to Leadership in the Indo-Pacific

  • Columbia University International Affairs Building Rm. 918 (map)
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For the past half-century Indonesia has pursued a foreign policy that is geared towards protecting the national interest through cooperation rather than confrontation, and through free/independent and active policy-making rather than alliances. Does such an approach to foreign policy still serve Indonesia well in dealing with the current regional and global dynamics? Joko Widodo introduced his vision to make Indonesia a Global Maritime Fulcrum soon after being sworn in as president in 2014, which three years later, in 2017, was further elaborated in the Indonesian Ocean Policy as a vision of “Indonesia as a sovereign, advanced, independent, strong maritime nation that is able to provide positive contribution for peace and security in the region as well as to the world”. Entering 2018, with Indo-Pacific being the geopolitical buzzword, Indonesia has proposed its own version of the Indo-Pacific vision. How have these latest developments shaped Indonesia’s current foreign policy?

Dr. Shafiah Muhibat is the Head of Department of International Relations, Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Indonesia. She was recently a Senior Fellow at the Maritime Security Programme, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) Singapore from January to December 2017. She has done and taken part in extensive research projects on politics and regional security in Southeast Asia and the Asia Pacific since 2000. She has special interest in issues of regional security in East Asia, maritime security, Indonesia’s foreign policy, and regional cooperation. In addition to her interest in security issues, in the recent years she has also looked into issues related to development cooperation. She was the Chief Editor of The Indonesian Quarterly, a quarterly academic journal published by CSIS, from 2013 to 2016. She was also a lecturer at two private universities in Jakarta from 2005 to 2009. She obtained a Masters degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and a PhD in Political Science from the University of Hamburg.

Hosted by NYSEAN and Weatherhead East Asian Institute.

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On the Line: Intrepid and the Vietnam War Exhibition
Feb
18
8:00 PM20:00

On the Line: Intrepid and the Vietnam War Exhibition

The Intrepid Museum’s new exhibition "On the Line: Intrepid and the Vietnam War" explores the events and impact of the Vietnam War through the lens of Intrepid’s history. The exhibition, which opened in 2015 to mark the 40th anniversary of the conclusion of the war, offers a site-specific immersion into an important chapter of American history. The legendary aircraft carrier Intrepid served three tours of duty in Vietnam between 1966 and 1969. Set within the very spaces where men lived and served, the exhibition focuses on the experiences of Intrepid and its crew “on the line”—the periods when the ship was active in the Gulf of Tonkin, launching aircraft for missions over mainland Vietnam. This localized history serves as the starting point for understanding the larger historical landscape, including the Cold War, Operation Rolling Thunder and protests at home.

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  • Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

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