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New Book Analyzes the Dynamics of Inequality Between China and Southeast Asia

News / June 24, 2020
In a new volume, Donald Emmerson explores how the ASEAN nations are navigating complex political and policy issues with China during a time when political cohesion within ASEAN is fractured and China...
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APARC Announces Diversity Grant to Support Underrepresented Minority Students Interested in Contemporary Asia

News / June 16, 2020
To encourage Stanford students from underrepresented minorities to engage in study and research of topics related to contemporary Asia, the Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center is offering a new...
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Strategy in the South China Sea

Commentary / June 3, 2020
Donald K. Emmerson analyzes China’s tactics in the South China Sea and how the countries of Southeast Asia are reacting to the tensions in the disputed waterway.
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COVID-19 in the Philippines – at a Glance

Blog / May 21, 2020
Marjorie Pajaron, assistant professor at the University of the Philippines School of Economics, describes the unfolding of the pandemic in the country and how Filipinos have coped with the evolving...
Michael McFaul, Xueguang Zhou, Karen Eggleston, Gi-Wook Shin, Don Emmerson, and Yong Suk Lee

FSI Hosts APARC Panel on COVID-19 Impacts in Asia

News / April 27, 2020
Scholars from each of APARC's programs offer insights on policy responses to COVID-19 throughout Asia.

APARC Announces New Fellowship and Internship Opportunities for Stanford Students

News / April 2, 2020

Amid the fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic, students are facing summer internship cancelations and hiring freezes. They are left wondering about the long-term implications of the current crisis for their academic careers and their access to future jobs and valuable work experience.

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U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam Meets with Stanford Experts

News / February 21, 2020

APARC’s Southeast Asia Program recently hosted the U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam Dan Kritenbrink, who joined faculty members from the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and other Stanford experts for a roundtable discussion about U.S.-Vietnam relations and U.S. strategy in Southeast Asia.

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APARC Names 2020-21 Postdoctoral Fellows

News / February 19, 2020

APARC is pleased to announce that two young scholars, Jeffrey Weng and Nhu Truong, have been selected as our 2020-21 Shorenstein postdoctoral fellows on contemporary Asia. They will begin their appointments at Stanford in autumn 2020.

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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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