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SeAP Director Donald K. Emmerson with Retno Marsudi, Indonesian Minister of Foreign Affairs

About the Southeast Asia Program

Our Mission and Work


Established in 1999, the Southeast Asia Program (SeAP) at Stanford University’s Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center (Shorenstein APARC) generates new knowledge and fresh perspectives to better understand contemporary Southeast Asia and help policymakers address pressing problems faced by its polities, economies, and societies.

We study current Southeast Asian issues and conditions and the policy implications of regional events and trends. One of the world’s most dynamic areas, Southeast Asia is a culturally, economically, politically, and religiously varied region of over half a billion people in eleven countries: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste, and Vietnam. If Southeast Asia is diverse, so is SeAP’s scholarly agenda. We cover a wide range of topics, including democracy and autocracy in the region, political and economic reform, the intersection of nationalism and regionalism, the interactions among Southeast Asian countries, and their relations with China, Japan, and the United States, among other outside powers.

We pursue our mission by conducting policy-relevant research; offering fellowship opportunities to emerging and established scholars; convening academic and public forums that draw participants from Asia and around the world; sharing our research findings and policy recommendations in a variety of academic and general publications; and engaging in trans-Pacific outreach, including travel to Southeast to conduct field research, lecture, participate in policy workshops, and interact with Southeast Asian scholars and other professionals.

SeAP is one of several research programs housed at Shorenstein APARC in the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI).


Our Leadership and Community

SeAP enables specialists to spend time at Stanford enlarging and improving the coverage, quality, and profile of scholarship on Southeast Asia. As the Stanford base for the Lee Kong Chian (LKC) National University of Singapore-Stanford Fellowship on Southeast Asia, each year we host one or two LKC fellows in residence who conduct original research and engage in the diverse intellectual community at Shorenstein APARC and Stanford at large. We also regularly convene scholars, diplomats, journalists, and activists from around the world who examine current Southeast Asian issues at conferences, seminars, and workshops that result in various publications and lay important groundwork for future research.


SeAP seeks to bring Southeast Asia to Stanford, and Stanford to Southeast Asia. It is unique in its role as a university-based program dedicated to researching contemporary, policy-relevant Southeast Asian affairs.
Donald K. Emmerson
Director, Southeast Asia Program


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For questions or further information, please contact Lisa Lee, our program coordinator.

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The Southeast Asia Program is located at Stanford’s Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center.