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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

Enze Han with background of Encina hall colonade

Rethinking China’s Influence in Southeast Asia

LKC Fellow on Southeast Asia Enze Han explains why it is necessary to consider the variety of actors and outcomes associated with China’s presence in Southeast Asia when evaluating its influence.
ASEAN leaders during a Summit discussion.

ASEAN’s Five-Point Consensus ‘Not Appropriate’ for Myanmar

Our Visiting Scholar and former Ambassador to Myanmar Scot Marciel spoke with The Irrawaddy about the current state of regional and international efforts to tackle the Myanmar crisis.
Portrait of Mary-Collier Wilks

Exploring Power Dynamics in International Organizations

APARC Postdoctoral Fellow Mary-Collier Wilks unveils how distinct development narratives shape the dynamics of aid chains and international organizations’ delivery of services in Southeast Asia.

Recently at the Southeast Asia Program

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

Singapore Today: The Challenges of Race, Inequality, and U.S.-China Relations | Linda Lim

Singapore Today: The Challenges of Race, Inequality, and U.S.-China Relations | Linda Lim

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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