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

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.
People holding up images in protest

Ambassador Scot Marciel on U.S.-Southeast Asia Relations

Mr. Marciel examines the implications of the Myanmar crisis and the challenges and prospects for bolstering America's relations with Southeast Asian nations.
[Left] Gita Wirjawan and the Endgame logo; [Right] Donald K. Emmerson

ASEAN Centrality and the Way Forward

Donald K. Emmerson analyzes the challenges Indonesia faces as it tries to balance its desire for autonomy with the geopolitical realities of great power competition.
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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