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

Supporters of Mahathir Mohamad, chairman of Malaysia's opposition 'Pakatan Harapan' (The Alliance of Hope) attend an election campaign rally on May 6, 2018 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Postdoctoral Fellow Examines Opposition Party Building in Malaysia

Shorenstein Postdoctoral Fellow Sebastian Dettman’s forthcoming book analyzes the dilemmas faced by opposition parties in authoritarian regimes as they compete to build electoral and political power.
Indonesia's President Joko Widodo (L) speaks to China's President Xi Jinping (R) during a family photo session in front of Osaka Castle at the G-20 summit on June 28, 2019 in Osaka, Japan.

Podcast: How Southeast Asian Nations Balance China-U.S. Relations

Donald K. Emmerson joined FSI Director Michael McFaul on the World Class podcast to discuss what can be done to prevent Southeast Asia from becoming a battleground for a new Cold War between China and the US.
Staff member works next to a 5G logo

Southeast Asia’s Digital Future: Managing 5G Risk in the Region

Lessons from a UK government oversight board investigating Huawei could help inform Southeast Asian states when choosing between 5G network providers, writes Donald K. Emmerson.
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.

Join Us

Throughout the academic year, we host colloquia, lectures, seminars, and policy dialogues. Explore our upcoming events and sign up to receive our event announcements.