Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia skyline at Titiwangsa Park

Southeast Asia Program

A catalyst for policy-relevant research on contemporary Southeast Asia

Who We Are

The Southeast Asia Program (SeAP) at Stanford’s Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center is committed to researching contemporary Southeast Asian affairs and their policy implications. Our goal is to promote greater understanding of the conditions and forces affecting the region and shaping its future. Through academic endeavors and public outreach, we provide a space where scholars and professionals discuss and refine their ideas, engage and advise regional policymakers, and help interpret a culturally, politically, and economically diverse region of over half a billion people.


In the Spotlight

President-elect Joseph Biden addresses a campaign crowd

What to Expect from the Biden Team's Strategy in Asia

Donald Emmerson considers how the Biden administration's "internationalization" agenda may affect U.S.-Asia relations and partnerships with the global community.
Southeast Asia Faces China: New Views from New Books, featuring books from Donald K. Emmerson, Murray Hiebert, and Sebastin Strangio

Southeast Asia Faces China: Authors Roundtable

Murray Hiebert and Sebastion Strangio join Donald Emmerson for a discussion of their three new books that explore various aspects of Sino-Southeast Asian relations.
Southeast Asian leaders pose to the camera at an ASEAM Summit with graphics of a glob and text: "Distinguishing Mainland from Maritime Southeast Asia: How Much Does It Matter?"

Distinguishing Mainland from Maritime Southeast Asia

How does the mainland-maritime contrast impact the ability of Southeast Asian countries to defend regional autonomy in the face of a rising China? Our expert panel weighs in.
Scholars participating at a roundtable discussion

Our Research

Southeast Asia is one of the world’s great crossroads, both historically and in the present era. Our research projects address some of the pressing economic, political, and security challenges facing this diverse and complex region.

SeAP Director Donald K. Emmerson at ASEAN at 50 Conference

Our Publications

Writing for academic and general publications, we share our analysis and research findings through scholarly and trade presses, peer-reviewed journals, and policy briefs.

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