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2013 visiting scholar Dominik Müller's book on Malaysia just published

News / April 8, 2014
Dominik Müller, Southeast Asia scholar and former Shorenstein APARC fellow, publishes a new book, "Islam Politics and Youth in Malaysia: The Pop-Islamist Reinvention of PAS." Müller analyzes the intersection of Islam and politics, including a look at the Islamic Party of Malaysia (PAS)'s outreach to media-savvy youth.
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Eyes on Crimea, China makes its move

Commentary / March 17, 2014
As the world is distracted by events in Crimea and the missing Malaysian jet, Donald K. Emmerson says that China could hardly have chosen a better time to blockade Phillipine ships and extend its hold over disputed territories. He argues that China is reinforcing its two-track approach: hosting futile discussions in ASEAN, while simultaneously, changing conditions in the South China Sea.
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Film screening & discussion: Academy Award nominee "The Act of Killing"

News / January 24, 2014
An event sponsored by Stanford Global Studies, Stanford Program on Human Rights, and the vice provost of undergraduate education on Monday, Feb. 24.
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Challenge and opportunity for Myanmar as it assumes 2014 ASEAN chair

Commentary / January 8, 2014
Myanmar is chairing ASEAN in 2014, which marks the first time the country has assumed this position since its accession in 1997. The chairship offers a pivotal opportunity for Myanmar to provide leadership and display its recent progress toward liberalization. Southeast Asia Forum Director Don Emmerson considers prospects and challenges for Myanmar as its leads ASEAN.
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Two Recent Books Supported by the NUS-Stanford Lee Kong Chian Initiative on Southeast Asia

News / November 5, 2013
Two books published in 2012-13 feature former recipients of the NUS-Stanford Distinguished Fellowship on Southeast Asia (Prof. Angie Tran and Prof. Mark R. Thompson).
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Reviews of two SEAF-related books

News / November 5, 2013
The core of Islamism: Contested Perspectives on Political Islam (Stanford University Press, 2010), ed. Richard Martin and Abbas Barzegar, is a debate between Hofstra University anthropologist Daniel Varisco and SEAF director Donald K. Emmerson on the (dis)utility of the word "Islamism," with comments by other analysts of Islam. Writing in the Journal of Islamic Studies, 23: 2 (2012), Thomas Hegghammer (Norwegian Defence Research Establishment, Oslo) concluded his review of the book by arguing that it would "have been interesting to get a perspective from at least one scholar not invested in the study of the Muslim world. A mainstream political scientist or language philosopher might have refreshed this distinctly in-house debate. On the whole, however, this is an important book and a valuable contribution to the literature on political Islam."
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Obama Cancels Asia Tour: Will it Hurt US Economic Goals?

News / October 10, 2013
US President Barack Obama's much touted Asian pivot took a hit this past week due to the budget stalemate and government shutdown in Washington. LinkAsia speaks with Stanford University's Donald Emmerson about how Obama's decision not to attend two major summits will impact American economic interests in the region.
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SEAF welcomes applications for the 2014 Lee Kong Chian NUS-Stanford Distinguished Fellowship on Contemporary Southeast Asia.

News / September 4, 2013
The National University of Singapore (NUS) and Stanford University (Stanford) are pleased to announce that applications are welcome between now and 1 November 2013 for the 2014 Lee Kong Chian NUS-Stanford Distinguished Fellowship on Southeast Asia. Interested individuals with backgrounds or positions in the social sciences or humanities are encouraged to apply. Candidates may be of any nationality or seniority.
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New Book on "Uncivil Society in Thailand" by Former Shorenstein / Asia Foundation Fellow and SEAF Speaker Pof. Pawakapan

News / August 22, 2013
The Southeast Asia Forum congratulates Puangthong Pawakapan, a professor of international relations and Southeast Asian studies at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok and an "alumni" of SEAF. In 2010-11, as a Shorenstein / Asia Foundation research fellow at APARC, she worked on a book manuscript on the Preah Vihear Temple controversy involving Thailand and Cambodia. Her SEAF lecture on the subject was well received. The manuscript has been published as State and Uncivil Society in Thailand at the Temple of Preah Vihear (Singapore: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, 2013). For more on Prof. Pawakapan, see .
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Jeremy Menchik Wins Award for Dissertation

News / August 22, 2013
Annually since 1995, the American Political Science Association has given an Aaron Wildavsky award to the "best" recent PhD dissertation on the subject of religion and politics. Normally a single dissertation is selected. In 2013, for the first time, a second dissertation was recognized with an Honorable Mention. Its author is Jeremy Menchik, an assistant professor in international relations at Boston University. Its title is "Tolerance Without Liberalism: Islamic Institutions and Political Violence in Twentieth Century Indonesia." In 2011 Prof. Menchik was chosen to be a Shorenstein post-doctoral fellow at APARC. During his stay at Stanford in 2011-12 he revised his thesis for publication, worked on a new project on religio-political identity in Indonesia as revealed by election campaign symbols, and presented findings from his research and writing at a seminar hosted by SEAF. In 2012-13 he was a research associate at the American University of Beirut. In 2013 he began his tenure-track position at Boston University. His advanced degrees in political science are from the University of Wisconsin- (PhD, MA) and the University of Michigan.
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Visiting Scholar's Forthcoming Book on Malaysia

News / July 12, 2013
Dr. Dominik Mueller, hosted by SEAF in 2013, is back in the Department of Anthropology at Goethe University in Frankurt. His revised dissertation will be published in January 2014 as Islam, Politics and Youth in Malaysia: The Pop-Islamist Reinvention of PAS. A recent article by him on this topic is linked on this site under "Publications."
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Stanford expert on managing tensions in the South China Sea

News / June 18, 2013
SEAF director Donald K. Emmerson recently joined a panel of experts for a Center for Strategic and International Studies conference on managing tensions in the South China Sea.
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Connecting Southeast Asia and Stanford University

News / May 16, 2013
Since its founding in 1999, SEAF has "brought Southeast Asia to Stanford, and Stanford to Southeast Asia" -- and it hopes to continue that mission in the years to come.
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Connecting with students to explore contemporary Southeast Asia

News / March 20, 2013
On March 9, Donald Emmerson joined a gathering of Stanford University students for an exploration of contemporary Southeast Asia, and its place in the world. Emmerson presented the event’s closing address.
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SEAF welcomes new Lee Kong Chian Fellow and visiting scholar

News / February 8, 2013
SEAF is delighted to welcome two new visitors. Tim Forsyth, the current Lee Kong Chian Fellow, is a specialist in environment and development from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Dominik Müller, a visiting scholar, is a researcher with the Department of Anthropology at Goethe-University Frankfurt.
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The American pivot in Southeast Asia

Commentary / January 18, 2013
"As much as China is front and center for the United States and Asia, the American pivot is not all about the dragon. It is also very much about the 10 member states of ASEAN," says Donald K. Emmerson in a recent opinion article.
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