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Call for applications: CKS Scholar-in-Residence Fellowship 2019

November 26, 2018 - 11:45pm
Center for Khmer Studies

"Call Her Ganda" Film Screening and Talk with PJ Raval

November 27, 2018 - 6:30pm
Asian American Writers' Workshop

Call for proposals to the 14th Conference of the International Association of Genocide Scholars

November 30, 2018 (All day)
Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Call for Proposals: NYSEAN Partners Fund

November 30, 2018 - 12:00pm
NYSEAN

Call for panels: EuroSEAS Conference 2019

December 1, 2018 (All day)
European Association for Southeast Asian Studies Conference

Call for applications: Center for Indonesian Policy Studies

December 31, 2018 (All day)
CIPS

Taste and Discover Filipino Food Tour

December 31, 2018 - 11:45pm
New York City

Call for applications: The Asia Studies Fellowship at the East-West Center

January 2, 2019 - 11:45pm
Washington D.C.

Tuan Andrew Nguyen: Letters From Saigon to Saigon

January 6, 2019 - 6:00pm
Asia Society

Call for Papers: CFP | Debt, Freedom, and Development: Insights from Asia

January 15, 2019 (All day) to January 16, 2019 (All day)
National University of Singapore

Call for applications: USINDO Summer Studies 2019

February 8, 2019 (All day)
Applications at the link

New & Noteworthy

South China Morning Post
Was Cambodia’s US$300 million Khmer Rouge tribunal worth it?

Was Cambodia’s US$300 million Khmer Rouge tribunal worth it?

After spending nine years and more than US$300 million to prosecute the leaders of Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge responsible for the deaths of 1.7 million of their countrymen, a United Nations-assisted tribunal has ended up convicting only three people for the communist group’s heinous actions.

Was it worth it?

The Massacres of 1965-66 in Indonesia: The Question of Responsibility

Watch Dr. John Roosa (UBC) and Dr. Geoffrey Robinson (UCLA) answer questions from the audience regarding the massacres that took place in Indonesia between 1965 and 1966.

New Mandala
Watch the 2018 ANU Indonesia Update

2018 ANU Indonesia Update

Australian National University hosted an Indonesia Update last month. Video of all the lectures is available now on New Mandala. 

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

Shafiah Muhibat, Head of the Department of International Relations at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Indonesia, talks about Indonesia's approach to its foreign policy with "Indo-Pacific" being the geopolitical buzzword. She looks at how these latest developments shape Indonesia’s current foreign policy.

The Asia Foundation
ASEAN: Shaping the Future of Regional Development in Southeast Asia

ASEAN: Shaping the Future of Regional Development in Southeast Asia

Recent developments in the region indicate that governments are looking for new ways to shape development cooperation on a regional basis. The Asia Foundation’s recently released report ASEAN as the Architect for Regional Development Cooperation argues that countries in the region have the interest and capacity to more directly shape regional development in Southeast Asia, but they currently lack the mechanism to do it. Thomas Parks, the Asia Foundation’s country representative in Thailand, gives his analysis on the future of development in Southeast Asia. 

New Mandala
Jokowi’s authoritarian turn

Jokowi’s authoritarian turn

Tom Power writes about Joko Widodo's shift to authoritarianism and the implications this has for Indonesian democracy. 

Does ASEAN Matter? A View From Within

Former Indonesian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Marty Natalegawa, gives an inside view on how ASEAN can remain relevant today and in the future.

The Straits Times
Midterm polls in the Philippines a test of Duterte's hold amid slowing economy

Midterm polls in the Philippines a test of Duterte's hold amid slowing economy

The Philippines’ midterm elections kicked off on Thursday (Oct 11) in what is seen as a test of public support for President Rodrigo Duterte, amid a sputtering economy and setbacks in his efforts to tackle illicit drugs and cut state corruption. Raul Dancel writes for The Straits Times. 

The New York Times
Malaysia to Repeal Death Penalty and Sedition Law

Malaysia to Repeal Death Penalty and Sedition Law

The High Court in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. “All death penalty will be abolished. Full stop,” the minister of law, Liew Vui Keong, told reporters this week. Read more at the New York Times. 

Channel NewsAsia
Commentary: Rising temperatures will make Southeast Asian economies sweat

Commentary: Rising temperatures will make Southeast Asian economies sweat

Climate change could wreak havoc on productivity in Southeast Asia and increase business risks, says one environment expert. Richard Hewston writes for Channel NewsAsia. 

Asia Times
EU tariffs threaten to flatten Cambodia

Asia Times: EU tariffs threaten to flatten Cambodia

EU's punitive trade response to premier Hun Sen's rigged election and retreat on rights could devastate the nation's crucial export-oriented garment industry. David Hutt writes for the Asia Times. 

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
Facebook: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

Facebook: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

Facebook’s global expansion has been linked to political turmoil overseas, so maybe their ads should focus less on how they “connect the world” and more on why connecting people isn’t always the best idea.

The Phnom Phenh Post
‘Adhoc 5’ free despite being sentenced to five years in jail

‘Adhoc 5’ free despite being sentenced to five years in jail

The Adhoc 5 were found guilty by the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Wednesday and sentenced to five years in prison. They were charged with bribing a witness in the case of bailed Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) president Kem Sokha’s alleged affair with a hairdresser.

However, presiding judge Duch Sok Sarin ruled that as the defendants had served more than 14 months in pre-trial detention, their sentences would be suspended. Read the full story here

Wikimedia Commons/ Gunawan Kartapranata The Diplomat
A Closer Look at the ASEAN-China Single Draft South China Sea Code of Conduct Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons/ Gunawan Kartapranata A Closer Look at the ASEAN-China Single Draft South China Sea Code of Conduct

The Diplomat: A Closer Look at the ASEAN-China Single Draft South China Sea Code of Conduct

On August 3, the foreign ministers of the 10 member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and their Chinese counterpart announced agreement on a Single Draft South China Sea Code of Conduct Negotiating Text (SDNT) that will serve as the basis for the adoption of a Code of Conduct in the South China Sea.

Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen (C) casts his vote during the general elections as his wife Bun Rany (centre L) looks on in Phnom Penh on July 29, 2018. (MANAN VATSYAYANA/AFP/Getty Images) Foreign Policy
Foreign Policy: Fake Monitors Endorse Cambodia’s Sham Election

Foreign Policy: Fake Monitors Endorse Cambodia’s Sham Election

Cambodians went to the polls last weekend, but it was a sham of an election, dominated by Hun Sen, the country’s aging autocrat. With the opposition party banned and soldiers at polling booths to ensure the outcome went only one way, no credible organization signed off on the election’s validity—but quite a few fake organizations did.

Officers escort Phra Buddha Issara, 62, an activist monk, at the Thai Police Crime Suppression Division headquarters in Bangkok on May 24 (Reuters) The Washington Post
Thai crackdown targets Buddhist monks amid accusations of embezzlement and fraud

Thai Crackdown Targets Buddhist Monks Amid Accusations of Embezzlement and fraud

Lurid tales of monks involved in sex, drugs and stolen money have crowded the newspapers here for years, to the seeming indifference of governments. But Thailand’s ruling junta has stepped up its offensive to destroy what it sees as a rot that has long been allowed to fester in the upper echelons of Buddhism and corrode the country’s moral core.

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NYSEAN Voices

Indonesia and the United States: 20 Years post-Reformasi

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New IPAC Report: The Surabaya Bombings and the Future of ISIS in Indonesia

This latest report from NYSEAN partner, IPAC, examines the state of the pro-ISIS organisation Jamaah Anshorud Daulah.

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New Books in Southeast Asia podcast: A History of Ayutthaya, Siam in the Early Modern World

Chris Baker joins New Books in Southeast Asian Studies to discuss his and Pasuk Phongpaichit new book. 

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Talking Indonesia: Confronting religious intolerance with Dr. Sandra Hamid

In Talking Indonesia, Charlotte Setijadi discusses intolerance towards minorities in Indonesia with Sandra Hamid.

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Professor Duncan McCargo's lecture on Southeast Asian politics at Thammasat University

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Meredith Weiss and Jeremy Menchik on Malaysian and Indonesian Elections for the Carnegie Council

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Professor Duncan McCargo in the Nikkei Asian Review

Co-founder of NYSEAN, Professor Duncan McCargo, wrote about how the closure of Bangkok's Dusit Zoo highlights the state of Thai democracy.

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New Books in Southeast Asian Studies Podcast with Katherine A. Bowie

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