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

Cover of the book 'The Deer and the Dragon: Southeast Asia and China in the 21st Century'

New Book Examines Southeast Asia-China Power Dynamics

'The Deer and the Dragon: Southeast Asia and China in the 21st Century,' edited by Donald Emmerson, explores how the ASEAN nations fare in affirming their autonomy as China asserts more influence in the region.
Fiery Cross Reef, Spratly Islands

Donald K. Emmerson on Strategy in the South China Sea

In a webinar hosted by the U.S. Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Emmerson analyzes China’s tactics in the South China Sea and how Southeast Asian countries are responding to the tensions in the region.
Ambassador Dan Kritenbrink and Donald Emmerson seated at a conference room during a group discussion

Southeast Asia Program Welcomes U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam

We had the pleasure of hosting the U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam Dan Kritenbrink for a roundtable discussion with Stanford experts about U.S.-Vietnam relations and American strategy in Southeast Asia.
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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