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

Barack Obama addresses a crowd of young leaders from ASEAN nations.

A Global Town Hall Welcomes America Back

Donald Emmerson reflects on the encouraging takeaways for the United States from a virtual diplomatic gathering hosted by the Foreign Policy Community of Indonesia.
President-elect Joseph Biden addresses a campaign crowd

What to Expect from the Biden Team's Strategy in Asia

Donald Emmerson considers how the Biden administration's "internationalization" agenda may affect U.S.-Asia relations and partnerships with the global community.
Southeast Asia Faces China: New Views from New Books, featuring books from Donald K. Emmerson, Murray Hiebert, and Sebastin Strangio

Southeast Asia Faces China: Authors Roundtable

Murray Hiebert and Sebastion Strangio join Donald Emmerson for a discussion of their three new books that explore various aspects of Sino-Southeast Asian relations.
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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