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The South China Sea: What is to be Done?

February 6, 2017

Brunei, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan, and Vietnam have made ambiguous, intransigent, and overlapping claims of “sovereignty” and “rights” in the SouthChina Sea.

Pathways to Democracy: Taiwan's Lessons for China

January 17, 2015

Abstract:Authoritarian ruling parties are expected to resist democratization, often times at all costs.

China Drives into the Future: Automotive Upgrading in East Asia Today

May 22, 2014

China’s giant automobile market continues to grow robustly, but its once thriving domestic producers have lost ground recently to global auto giants such as Volkswagen and GM.

The Effects of Indonesia's Conditional Cash Transfer Program

May 8, 2014

This study analyzes the effects of Indonesia's conditional cash transfer program on the local health care market in terms of price, utilization, and quality of care.

What Explains Indonesia’s Defense Transformation? Beyond Democratic Reform and the “China Threat”

April 16, 2014

Since the democratization of Indonesia began in 1998, the country’s military has been undergoing major change.

Southeast Asia in the Year of the Horse: Issues and Prospects for 2014-15

January 14, 2014

The Year of the Horse will run (so to speak) from 31 January 2014 to 18 February 2015.

Does Decentralization Lessen or Worsen Poverty? Evidence from Post-‘Big Bang’ Indonesia

December 12, 2013

Co-sponsored by the Stanford Center for International Development Under what conditions is decentralization most likely to foster development and reduce poverty?  Plausible answers include:  a...

Indonesia Is No Model for Muslim Democracy

March 5, 2013

Since the resignation of Indonesia’s authoritarian president Suharto in 1998, the country has made great strides in consolidating a democratic government.

Part of the Solution or Part of the Problem? Experts on Climate Change in Southeast Asia

March 4, 2013

Officials, scholars, and activists have long believed in improving environmental policy in developing countries by fostering desirable values and practices through networks of experts.

Gender Imbalance and Social Network Pressures in Rural China

February 21, 2013

China and some other Asian countries have experienced a large surplus of men of marriageable age.

Economic Development in Laos and Vietnam: Growth, Reform, and the WTO

February 6, 2013

The fastest growing economy in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is the Lao People's Democratic Republic.

Extremism and Double Standards: "Terrorists," "Rebels," and the State in Indonesia

December 5, 2012

How do jihadists and militant Papuan pro-independence groups in Indonesia analyze each other's behavior? How do government policies toward the two groups differ?

Climbing the Summits: ASEAN, America, and the Future of Asia

October 1, 2012

Five Southeast Asian ambassadors discuss ASEAN, Asia, and America’s role

Reforming Higher Education: Meeting the Challenges of Global Competition in the Digital Information Age

September 6, 2012

Education has provided the critical foundation for Asia’s rapid economic growth. However, in an increasingly globalized and digital world, higher education faces an array of new challenges.

Identity Politics in a Muslim-Majority Democracy: Explaining Communal Appeals in Indonesian Election Campaigns, 2009-2011

February 1, 2012

Despite the many benefits of democracy, some scholars believe that introducing elections in ethnically divided states can lead to the politicization of identity and to ethnic conflict.

Demographic Change in East Asia: Economic, Social, and Security Implications

September 8, 2011

The third Stanford Kyoto Trans-Asian Dialogue will focus on demographic change in East Asia and its implications across a wide range of areas, including economies, societies, and security.

Garuda Rising, Black Swan Waiting: Economic and Political Future of Indonesia

June 6, 2011

Indonesia’s growing economic and political strengths are drawing a range of responses, from the optimism of many investors to the pessimism of some scholars.

Does Democratization Imply Islamization? Lessons from Democratic Indonesia, the World’s Largest Majority-Muslim Country

May 18, 2011

Indonesia has undergone democratization since 1998. Islamic political parties have re-emerged, but they have failed to gain significant support.

How Good is the China-ASEAN Free Trade Agreement -- and Good for Whom?: A Philippine View

February 24, 2011

On January 1, 2010, China and the ten-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) finally, formally launched a China-ASEAN Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) that encompasses nearly two billion...

8 Things You Need to Know to Survive in the 21st Century: A View from Indonesia

November 18, 2010

What will the 21st century be like? Should human beings expect the worst-or the best? After addressing these questions, Dr.

BBC World Forum: On President Obama's Jakarta Speech

November 10, 2010

In an interview on BBC’s “World Today,” Donald K. Emmerson, director of the Southeast Asia Forum, discussed President Obama’s November 10, 2010 speech in Jakarta.

Al Jazeera: On Obama’s Indonesia Visit

November 8, 2010

President Barack Obama made his first visit to Jakarta, Indonesia as President of the United States in November 2010--a trip viewed by many people around the world as a "homecoming." Donald...

Barack Obama: The Pacific President?

October 27, 2010



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