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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

 U.S. President Joe Biden speaks during the G7 summit at Schloss Elmau on June 26, 2022.

Scot Marciel on How the U.S. Can Best China in Infrastructure Race

To succeed with the Partnership for Global Infrastructure and Investment, Washinton and its partners must adopt a more systematic strategic approach, writes Marciel in Nikkei Asia.
Stanford Arcade

Welcome 2022-23 Lee Kong Chian Fellows on Southeast Asia!

A warm welcome to political scientist Jacques Bertrand and social anthropologist Reza Idria, our LKC National University of Singapore-Stanford Fellows for the 2022-23 academic year!
Stanford campus archway and text about call for applications for APARC 2023-24 fellowships

Fall 2023 Fellowship Applications Now Open

We invite applications for our Lee Kong Chian National University of Singapore-Stanford Fellowship on Southeast Asia and APARC's postdoctoral and visiting positions in contemporary Asia.

Recently at the Southeast Asia Program

Can Democracy Handle Ethnic War? Evidence from Southeast Asia | Jacques Bertrand

Can Democracy Handle Ethnic War? Evidence from Southeast Asia | Jacques Bertrand

The Glass Ceiling: Women and Political Power in Southeast Asia | Miriam Coronel Ferrer

The Glass Ceiling: Women and Political Power in Southeast Asia | Miriam Coronel Ferrer

Myanmar’s Future: What Should Be Done? | Nyantha Maw Lin & Scot Marciel

Myanmar’s Future: What Should Be Done? | Nyantha Maw Lin & Scot Marciel

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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