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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
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.
News / August 16, 2013
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.
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.
News / August 1, 2013
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.
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."
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.
News / July 8, 2013
News / June 26, 2013
Commentary / June 26, 2013
News / June 18, 2013
News / June 18, 2013
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.
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.
News / June 6, 2013
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.
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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