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Frontier Myanmar
Law reform: A daunting challenge

Law Reform: A Daunting Challenge

A commission headed by former parliament speaker Thura U Shwe Mann has been reviewing the nation’s laws, but some say more clarity – and consultation – is needed from the government on its legal reform plans.

Asian American Writers' Workshop
Viet Thanh Nguyen: Anger in the Asian American Novel

Viet Thanh Nguyen: Anger in the Asian American Novel

The Vietnam War ended 40 years ago. A new regime rose from the battlefields. Families like mine fled across the Pacific. Many died at sea. Others wish they had. There’s no happy ending to this story—not when the losers ceaselessly obsess over their defeat by a people they regard as having little value for human life. This obsession, of course, dominates the ways Americans tell and retell their “intervention” in the Vietnamese peoples’ struggle for freedom.

Foreign Policy
Monkeys and Small Children Have Thai Officials on High Alert Ahead of Referendum

Monkeys and Small Children Have Thai Officials on High Alert Ahead of Referendum

Schoolgirls and macaques have come under the scrutiny of the military junta, which has been accused of intimidating those opposed to the referendum.

Nikkei Asian Review
Thai business heads give the government passing marks

Thai business heads give the government passing marks

Somkid has adjusted tax incentives for 10 industrial clusters, each focusing on a new industry, to be located in the Eastern Economic Corridor along Thailand's east coast industrial belt. The private sector is particularly keen to see whether the government can push its ambitious plans by next year, when an election is planned.

The Isaan Record
“It’s not wrong to campaign”

It’s not wrong to campaign

A newly formed activist group gathered at Si Than Lake on Khon Kaen University campus to protest against the ban on public campaigns to reject the draft constitution and military government’s intimidation of activists.

Final Report of the International People's Tribunal on 1965 Killings in Indonesia

IPT1965
Final Report of the International People's Tribunal on 1965 Killings in Indonesia

Final Report of the International People's Tribunal on 1965 Killings in Indonesia

The International People’s Tribunal on the 1965 Crimes Against Humanity (IPT 1965) has concluded  that the Indonesian government had committed acts of genocide, as stipulated in the 1948 International Genocide Convention, during the 1965 communist purge, which reportedly led to the death approximately 500,000 people. The IPT is not legally binding, but the  judges are sending their report to the UN with an eye on further action being taken.

TODAY
Rising conservatism in M’sian Islam not just from Arabisation

Rising conservatism in M’sian Islam not just from Arabisation

A useful analysis of the rising conservatism in Malaysian Islam. The author argues that blaming Wahhabism misses just as important local and political reasons. 

International Crisis Group
The Philippines: Renewing Prospects for Peace in Mindanao

The Philippines: Renewing Prospects for Peace in Mindanao

The southern Philippines is potentially closer to peace than at any time in the four decades since Muslim insurgents started fighting for independence, but the substantial progress over the past six years is also fragile.

Washington Monthly
Genocide in Burma

Washington Monthly Explores the Genocide in Burma 

The Rohingya may well be the most persecuted people on the planet, and nobody, including the United States, is lifting a finger to help.

Carnegie Council
Islam and Pluralism in Indonesia

Podcast on Islam and Pluralism in Indonesia 

Devin Stewart of the Carnegie Council discusses Islam, democracy and challenges in contemporary politics in Indonesia with Margaret Scott.

Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict
Rebuilding after Communal Violence: Lessons from Tolikara, Papua

Rebuilding After Communal Violence in Papua

Jakarta-based Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict takes a look at what has happened since violence broke out in Tolikara, Papua.

    Reuters
    Military Training Civilians to Protect Against Perceived Threats to Nation

    Military Training Civilians to Protect Against Perceived Threats to Nation

    The New York Times
    Governor of Jakarta Bucks Indonesia’s Party Politics

    Governor of Jakarta Bucks Indonesia’s Party Politics

    The Guardian
    ‘17,000 Islands of Imagination’: Discovering Indonesian Literature

    ‘17,000 Islands of Imagination’: Discovering Indonesian Literature

    The Economist
    Cash for questions : Barack Obama in Vietnam

    Cash for questions : Barack Obama in Vietnam

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    NYSEAN Voices

    Carnegie Council Presents New "Trump in Asia" Podcast Series

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    New Books Network Podcasts on Southeast Asia

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    Indonesia's Growing Islamist Populism

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    Human Rights and Duterte’s War on Drugs

    The Philippine president sees drug dealing and addiction as “major obstacles to the Philippines’ economic and social progress,” says John Gershman Read more

    Asian Views on America’s Role in Asia at Columbia University

    Watch the full video of the panel discussion here Read more

    China, Japan, and America: Three Tigers on One Mountain?

    Carnegie Council's Devin Stewart talks with Richard McGregor, a journalist and author specializing in East Asia. He is working on a new book that... Read more

    The Saudis Are Coming

    In 1980, Saudi Arabia started an all­ expenses-­paid university in Jakarta. The Institute for the Study of Islam and Arabic (LIPIA)... Read more

    Pluralism and Diversity: Best Practices from Singapore and Southeast Asia

    Representative Zafar and Minister Zulkifli discussed current trends in the regional-level approaches to cultivating mutual respect in diverse... Read more

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