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 in Myanmar stand on a picture of General Min Aung Hlaing

Democracy Challenged: Southeast Asia and the United States

Donald Emmerson compares the responses across Southeast Asia to the February coup in Myanmar and urges stronger regional condemnation of Min Aung Hlaing.
Protesters opposing the February 1 coup in Myanmar

Myanmar's Coup: Major Setback, Not End for Its Fight for Democracy

Building democracy in an "unfinished nation" like Myanmar is a difficult process, APARC visiting scholar and former U.S. ambassador to Myanmar tells Stanford News.
Portrait of Paul Schuler and the cover of his book, 'United Front'

United Front: Vietnam’s Electoral and Legislative Institutions

In his new book, Vietnamese politics expert Paul Schuler examines why the single-party state has well-developed electoral and legislative institutions.
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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