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New Book on "Uncivil Society in Thailand" by Former Shorenstein / Asia Foundation Fellow and SEAF Speaker Pof. Pawakapan

News / August 22, 2013
The Southeast Asia Forum congratulates Puangthong Pawakapan, a professor of international relations and Southeast Asian studies at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok and an "alumni" of SEAF. In 2010-11, as a Shorenstein / Asia Foundation research fellow at APARC, she worked on a book manuscript on the Preah Vihear Temple controversy involving Thailand and Cambodia. Her SEAF lecture on the subject was well received. The manuscript has been published as State and Uncivil Society in Thailand at the Temple of Preah Vihear (Singapore: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, 2013). For more on Prof. Pawakapan, see .
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Jeremy Menchik Wins Award for Dissertation

News / August 22, 2013
Annually since 1995, the American Political Science Association has given an Aaron Wildavsky award to the "best" recent PhD dissertation on the subject of religion and politics. Normally a single dissertation is selected. In 2013, for the first time, a second dissertation was recognized with an Honorable Mention. Its author is Jeremy Menchik, an assistant professor in international relations at Boston University. Its title is "Tolerance Without Liberalism: Islamic Institutions and Political Violence in Twentieth Century Indonesia." In 2011 Prof. Menchik was chosen to be a Shorenstein post-doctoral fellow at APARC. During his stay at Stanford in 2011-12 he revised his thesis for publication, worked on a new project on religio-political identity in Indonesia as revealed by election campaign symbols, and presented findings from his research and writing at a seminar hosted by SEAF. In 2012-13 he was a research associate at the American University of Beirut. In 2013 he began his tenure-track position at Boston University. His advanced degrees in political science are from the University of Wisconsin- (PhD, MA) and the University of Michigan.
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New Shorenstein APARC book analyzes the rise, policies, and fall of Japan's DPJ

News / August 16, 2013
Japan under the DPJ endeavors to explain the DPJ's rapid rise to power in 2009, examines the limited policy change that occured while the party was in power, and analyzes what led to the party's dramatic fall in 2012.
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Fukushima Reinforces Worst Fears for Japanese Who Are Anti-Nuclear Power

News / August 8, 2013
How are the Japanese people reacting to the news of the continuing contamination leak and what does it mean for Japan's energy policy? In an interview with PBS NewsHour on August 8, Kenji Kushida speaks about what the government may do to stop the flow.
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Kathleen Stephens, 2013–14 Koret Fellow, to join the Korean Studies Program

News / August 7, 2013
Kathleen Stephens, former U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea, will join the Korean Studies Program (KSP) at Stanford University’s Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center (Shorenstein APARC) as the program’s 2013–14 Koret Fellow.
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Sejong Korean Scholars Program honors U.S. high school students

News / July 25, 2013
During the second annual Hana-Stanford Conference on Korea for U.S. Secondary School Teachers, July 29-31, 2013, Sejong Korean Scholars Program (SKSP), a distance-learning program on Korea, will honor three high school students. 27 high school students representing ten states participated in the inaugural SKSP this year. The SKSP honorees will be presenting their research essays at the conference.
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Visiting Scholar's Forthcoming Book on Malaysia

News / July 12, 2013
Dr. Dominik Mueller, hosted by SEAF in 2013, is back in the Department of Anthropology at Goethe University in Frankurt. His revised dissertation will be published in January 2014 as Islam, Politics and Youth in Malaysia: The Pop-Islamist Reinvention of PAS. A recent article by him on this topic is linked on this site under "Publications."
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Campaigning for a Progressive Japan

News / July 12, 2013
Corporate Affiliates visiting fellow alumnus Hirofumi Takinami makes a successful bid for Japan's upper house as an LDP candidate.
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How Foreign Assistance Undermines Democracy: Aid Dependence in Cambodia

Commentary / July 9, 2013

The more a country depends on aid, the more distorted are its incentives to manage its own development in sustainably beneficial ways. Cambodia, a post-conflict state that cannot refuse aid, is rife with trial-and-error donor experiments and their unintended results, including bad governance—a major impediment to rational economic growth. Massive intervention by the UN in the early 1990s did help to end the Cambodian civil war and to prepare for more representative rule.

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Why did Japan stop growing?

News / July 8, 2013
Professor Takeo Hoshi gives a lecture on Japan's economy at Australian National University Crawford School on March 28, 2013.
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Japan Studies Program at APARC receives grant from Sasakawa Peace Foundation

News / July 8, 2013
Japan Studies Program at Shorenstein APARC has received a grant from the Sasakawa Peace Foundation in Japan for the New Channels project.
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PRC-ROK summit underscores shared interests and common concerns

Commentary / June 26, 2013
Shorenstein APARC experts comment that South Korean President Park Geun-hye's visit to China this week attests to the magnitude and importance of geostrategic changes in Northeast Asia.
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Viewing South Korea's security beyond North Korea

News / June 18, 2013
Beyond North Korea takes a unique, multi-view approach to understanding traditional and non-traditional challenges to South Korea's security, says a review in the latest edition of Pacific Affairs.
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Stanford expert on managing tensions in the South China Sea

News / June 18, 2013
SEAF director Donald K. Emmerson recently joined a panel of experts for a Center for Strategic and International Studies conference on managing tensions in the South China Sea.
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Wartime memory formation in China and Japan

News / June 13, 2013
Writing recently in Asia-Pacific Review, Daniel Sneider describes how World War II era events are depicted differently in history textbooks in China and Japan.
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Mr. Abe's Scattershot Reforms

Commentary / June 12, 2013
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's plan for revitalizing the Japanese economy appears to offer something for everyone. Takeo Hoshi argues that before Mr. Abe makes any more announcements, he needs to focus his efforts on a few key priorities.
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North and South Korea resume official talks

News / June 10, 2013
After two years, North and South Korea have agreed to resume official meetings with one another. Gi-Wook Shin suggests that the North could also be interested in reopening dialogue with the United States.
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Stanford expert discusses Pyongyang special envoy to Beijing

News / June 6, 2013
China is North Korea's most important ally, but relations between the two countries have appeared strained in recent months. David Straub spoke to Radio Free Asia about Pyongyang's decision to send a special envoy to Beijing in May.
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Stanford economist discusses Japan's economy

News / June 6, 2013
In an interview with Nikkei Business Online, Stanford economist Takeo Hoshi spoke about challenges for Japan's economy.
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U.S.-China summit in California

News / June 3, 2013
Barack Obama and Chinese leader Xi Jinping met in California recently for a two-day summit -- their first since Xi took office as president. Shorenstein APARC experts weigh in on key issues surrounding the visit.
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Towards more active monetary easing

Commentary / May 30, 2013

Policies seeking to end deflation, the most pressing issue for the Japanese economy, have been put into effect.  In this issue of the NIRA Policy Review, Takeo Hoshi points out that deflation is a monetary phenomenon, and as such is a problem which can be solved by monetary policy.

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