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      APARC Delegation Visits Hanoi and Bangkok

      News / December 19, 2019

      Southeast Asia, home to over 640 million people across 10 countries, is one of the world’s most dynamic and fastest growing regions. APARC just concluded the year 2019 with a Center delegation visit to two Southeast Asian capital cities, Hanoi and Bangkok, where we spent an engaging week with stakeholders in the academic, policy, business, and Stanford alumni communities.

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      Video: Donald K. Emmerson on Strategic Thinking in Southeast Asia

      Commentary / October 9, 2019
      What is strategic thinking? Are the foreign policies of some Southeast Asian states more strategic than those of others? If so, in what way, and with what implications for U.S. policy?
      APARC's Southeast Asia Program Director Donald K.
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      Opposition Party Building and Electoral Competition in Authoritarian Regimes: The Case of Malaysia

      Blog / May 31, 2019
      As a 2018-19 Postdoctoral Fellow in Contemporary Asia at the Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, I have been working on my book manuscript Pathways to Power: Opposition Party and Coalition Building in Multiethnic Malaysia. The book examines the dilemmas faced by opposition parties in authoritarian regimes as they try to build electoral and political power.
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      Can Trust Be Verified? Managing 5G Risk in Southeast Asia

      Commentary / May 9, 2019

      Nothing can fully protect a country from secret malfeasance involving the company it hires to provide and maintain its 5th generation wireless system (5G). But certain steps can lessen the risk.

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      Forum Discusses Japan-U.S. Cooperation in Determining Regional Order

      News / May 3, 2019

      On Thursday, the third Asia-Pacific Geo-Economic Strategy Forum (APGEO) saw discussion on issues of international strategic cooperation in the Asia-Pacific with a particular focus on the U.S.-Japan relationship. Speakers included experts on defense and foreign affairs, including former U.S. National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster and former Japanese Ministers of Defense.

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      Between Hope and Caution: One American’s View of Indonesia’s Election

      Commentary / April 15, 2019

      On April 17, Indonesia, the world’s fourth largest country and the third largest democracy after India and America, goes to the polls. APARC’s Don Emmerson reflects on what the fifth national election means for the twenty year old democracy.

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      Shorenstein APARC Names 2019-20 Postdoctoral Fellows

      News / February 19, 2019

      Shorenstein APARC is pleased to announce the selection of two scholars as postdoctoral fellows for the 2019-20 academic year. They will begin their appointments at Stanford in the coming Autumn quarter.

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      Podcast: Donald K. Emmerson on How Southeast Asian Nations Balance China-U.S. Relations

      Commentary / February 8, 2019

      As tension grows between China and the United States, its effects are felt across Asia. APARC's Southeast Asia Program Director Donald K.

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      Video Interview with Sophie Lemière, 2018-19 Lee Kong Chian National University of Singapore-Stanford Fellow on Southeast Asia

      News / January 17, 2019

      Prior to departing for Singapore and the second half of her Lee Kong Chian Visiting Fellowship on Southeast Asia , we sat down with Sophie Lemière , a specialist in Malaysian politics, to discuss the origins of her interest in Malaysia, the country's May 2018 electoral revolution and the prospects of its new governing coalition, what it was like to follow the

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      The Highest Stage of Colonialism?

      Commentary / November 28, 2018

      On October 22, Thum Ping Tjin delivered a talk at Stanford on Singapore’s political development and evolution under the ruling People’s Action Party. Audio from the talk, along with a transcript, is now available on his website.

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      Indonesian Foreign Policy: Between Two Reefs Again?

      Commentary / October 22, 2018
      “Now and in years to come, Indonesia will do well to avoid shackling itself to a reactive-passive neutrality between the US and China,” writes Donald K. Emmerson for The Jakarta Post ahead of the 2018 Conference on Indonesian Foreign Policy, held on October 20 in Kota Kasablanka, Jakarta.
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      Anwar in the wings as Malaysia remakes its democracy

      Commentary / June 14, 2018

      Bedecked with skyscrapers, Malaysia’s capital Kuala Lumpur is a high-rise city. In that lofty context, the headquarters of the People’s Justice Party (PKR) are down to earth.

      They occupy one in a row of nondescript low-rise buildings unfashionably far from downtown. Even the lettered number of the floor that includes the PKR leader’s office is anomalous: 3A.

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      In Search of the Indo-Pacific: Commentary from 2018 IISS Shangri-La Dialogue

      Commentary / June 12, 2018
      The 2018 Shangri-La Dialogue on 1-3 June in Singapore might as well have been renamed the “Indo-Pacific Dialogue.” In the plenaries and the panels, in the Q&As, corridors, and coffee breaks, not even the imminent Trump-Kim summit hosted by Singapore could compete with the “Indo-Pacific” among the attendees. Although the toponym itself is old, its sudden popularity is new, reflecting new geopolitical aspirations for the region. 
      What explains the latest revival and rise of the “Indo-Pacific” in the international relations of Asia?
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      New Publication Addresses Challenges ASEAN Faces at 50

      News / January 24, 2018

      In October 2017, twenty-two scholars from eight countries attended a workshop titled “ASEAN @ 50, Southeast Asia @ Risk: What should be done?” The workshop was designed to facilitate a frank and creative discussion of policy recommendations, with the intention of providing the resulting proposals to ASEAN member states and other regional powers.

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      Trump's Asia Trip

      News / November 14, 2017

      Commenting on President Trump's twelve-day trip to Asia, FSI senior fellow and director of the Southeast Asia Program at Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center Donald K. Emmerson noted that Trump "failed . . . to significantly alter the calculus brings to bear on North Korea."

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      South China Sea: US bargaining chip or key interest?

      Commentary / June 1, 2017

      The latest American assertion of freedom-of-navigation rights in the South China Sea may have reassured some that new bonhomie between presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping won’t lead to abandonment of the region. But questions remain.

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      Two students selected for inaugural internships in Jakarta, Washington, DC

      News / May 1, 2017

      The U.S.-Asia Security Initiative at the Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center has selected two Stanford students for its inaugural summer internships in partnership with The Asia Foundation and the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies. The two students, Kar Mun Nicole Wong and Vivan Malkani, will intern at The Asia Foundation offices in Jakarta, Indonesia, or Washington, D.C., and pursue separate pr

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