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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

SINGAPORE (Aug. 23, 2021) Vice President Kamala Harris visits combat ship USS Tulsa, part of a deployment in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operation in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific region.

The Significance of Kamala Harris’ Vietnam Trip

Southeast Asia Program Director Donald Emmerson talks to VnExpress about the implications of Harris’ visit to Hanoi, the first such visit by a U.S. vice president.
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CIS Brings Good News for Indonesian Studies

In the Jakarta Post, Emmerson reflects on the significance of the inaugural Conference on Indonesian Studies and how it can benefit Indonesia’s capacity to navigate present challenges.
Protesters against the military coup in Myanmar hold banners.

Democracy Challenged: Southeast Asia in China's Long Shadow

Donald Emmerson considers the prospects of an authoritarian future for Southeast Asia vis-à-vis a growing Chinese sphere of regional influence.

Recently at the Southeast Asia Program

Facing Code Red: Climate Change in Southeast Asia

Facing Code Red: Climate Change in Southeast Asia

Engaging Gita: A Renaissance Indonesian Reviews His Country and the World

Engaging Gita: A Renaissance Indonesian Reviews His Country and the World

Biden’s America through Southeast Asian Eyes: Problem? Solution? Neither? Both?

Biden’s America through Southeast Asian Eyes: Problem? Solution? Neither? Both?

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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