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Transnationalizing Viet Nam: Community, Culture, and Politics in the Diaspora

November 7, 2013

Vietnamese diasporic relations affect and are affected by events inside Viet Nam.  In her recent book, Transnationalizing Viet Nam, Prof.

Is the Party Over? The Obsolescence of Authoritarian Growth in Singapore and Malaysia

April 8, 2013

In Singapore the People’s Action Party has held power continuously since 1959, having won 13 more or less constrained legislative elections in a row over more than half a century.

Indonesia Is No Model for Muslim Democracy

March 5, 2013

Since the resignation of Indonesia’s authoritarian president Suharto in 1998, the country has made great strides in consolidating a democratic government.

Muslim Politics and Popular Culture in Malaysia: PAS, Hudud, and Rock 'n' Roll

February 26, 2013

Malaysia’s 13th general election is imminent and the opposition coalition (Pakatan Rakyat) is fragile.

Climbing the Summits: ASEAN, America, and the Future of Asia

October 1, 2012

Five Southeast Asian ambassadors discuss ASEAN, Asia, and America’s role

Global Dynamics of Culturalized Conflict in Southeast Asia: Postcards from Eurabia

May 15, 2012

In popular discourse, variations on Samuel Huntington’s “clash of civilizations” thesis have cited cultural differences to explain conflicts ranging from Hindu-Muslim violence in India to the...

Identity Politics in a Muslim-Majority Democracy: Explaining Communal Appeals in Indonesian Election Campaigns, 2009-2011

February 1, 2012

Despite the many benefits of democracy, some scholars believe that introducing elections in ethnically divided states can lead to the politicization of identity and to ethnic conflict.

Still Thriving? The San Francisco System at Sixty

November 7, 2011

In September 2011 the U.S. bilateral alliance system in the Asia-Pacific—the “San Francisco System” (SFS)—turned 60 years old.

An ASEAN Community by 2015? Prospects and Implications for Asia and the United States

October 27, 2011

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations has challenged itself is to become a single integrated community by 2015.  The prospect has raised high hopes inside the region.  Will they be met? ...

Beyond Representation? Portrayals of an Overseas Chinese Tycoon in Southeast Asia

April 26, 2011

Lee Kong Chian was among the most influential Chinese entrepreneurs in the Asian diasporic landscape from the 1920s to 1960s.

Rethinking the 'Overseas Chinese': What's in a Name?

April 12, 2011

The movement of people leaving and returning to China from the second half of the 19th century to the present is a vast and complex subject.

Back to the Future? Pre-World War II Europe and Corporatist Regionalism in Southeast Asia

September 29, 2010

The European Union’s efforts to export its model of regional integration have often been contrasted with the persistently top-down character of the Association of the Southeast Asian Nations.

Democratization and Regional Identity in Southeast Asia

May 3, 2010

Viewed from the realist perspective of mainstream international political economy, economic and elite-based political integration are the keys to building a region; “soft” or “normative” questions...

Stressed by Strife: ASEAN from Pattaya to Preah Vihear

April 26, 2010

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is Asia’s most resilient regional organization.  Its ambitious new charter aims to foster, in a dynamic but disparate region, a triply integrated...

Cultural Attraction and Regional Identity: "Arab" Film, Malay Pop, and Muslim Politics in Southeast Asia

April 1, 2010

Southeast Asian identity is thought to be far more elite-political than mass-cultural in nature.

Better Governance by Remote Control? How Foreign Donors Steer ASEAN

October 26, 2009

Few realize that foreign donors currently disburse funds of at least $ 50 million annually on behalf of the integration of the ASEAN region.  This amount is more than the triple the size of ASEAN’s...

A Gathering Storm? The Politics of Recession in Southeast Asia

April 2, 2009

Economic growth in the main economies of Southeast Asia is expected to be cut in half this year.

Tough Times, Hard Choices: Security, Democracy, and Regionalism in Southeast Asia Now

January 13, 2009

ISEAS is pleased to invite you to the panel discussion and book launch for Donald Emmerson's new book, Hard Choices: Security, Democracy, and Regionalism in Southeast Asia.Program 3:00 pm - Welcome...

Science and Secularity: Rethinking Religous Reform

October 9, 2008

This series of talks explore a number of issues which have arisen from a study of ethnogenesis, identity formation, state building, religious reform, and socio-economic "modernization" in selected...

Dynamics of Identity: Empires, States & Groups

October 6, 2008

This series of talks explore a number of issues which have arisen from a study of ethnogenesis, identity formation, state building, religious reform, and socio-economic "modernization" in selected...

Comparing Modernities: Is Southeast Asia Unique?

October 2, 2008

This series of talks will explore a number of issues which have arisen from a study of ethnogenesis, identity formation, state building, religious reform, and socio-economic "modernization" in...

Muslim Politics in Southeast Asia: Democratic Islam Hijacked? Or Re-invigorated?

May 1, 2008

Civil Islam - Beyond the Headlines      A lecture and three seminars by Robert W.

Schooling Islam: Madrasas and the Remaking of Muslim Modernity

April 30, 2008

Civil Islam - Beyond the Headlines     A lecture and three seminars by Robert W.