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Donald K. Emmerson, PhD

Senior Fellow at FSI, Emeritus; Affiliated Faculty, CDDRL; Affiliated Scholar, Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies and Director, Southeast Asia Forum (SEAF)

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July 11th, 2014

Indonesia’s presidential election: What’s at stake?

Shorenstein APARC, SEAF News

Donald Emmerson, director of the Southeast Asia Forum at Shorenstein APARC, answers a few questions about Indonesia’s tight-raced presidential election, which has still yet to declare an official winner. The election is considered a historic event for the world’s third largest democracy that was once a dictatorship. Read more »



May 28th, 2014

Stanford scholars publish wide array of literature on contemporary Asia

Shorenstein APARC News

FSI's Shorenstein APARC faculty and scholars have published a variety of publications in early 2014, covering topics from the Japanese fiscal condition to disability policy in North Korea. Read more »



May 14th, 2014

China, Vietnam at odds in South China Sea

Shorenstein APARC, SEAF News

Southeast Asia Forum Director Donald Emmerson talks with media about the recent confrontations between Vietnam and China in the South China Sea, and what role ASEAN may play in managing the issues.




April 24th, 2014

Obama's Asian trip reflects new global dynamics, Stanford scholar says

FSI Stanford, Shorenstein APARC, SEAF News

Donald K. Emmerson, director of Shorenstein APARC's Southeast Asia Forum and FSI senior fellow emeritus, offers insight on U.S. President Barack Obama's Asian tour. He says the trip most notably reinforces America's 'rebalance' efforts to upgrade security commitments and promote freer trade negotiation in that region. Read more »



April 8th, 2014

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

SEAF News

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. +BUY+
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America pivots toward ASEAN
Don Emmerson: "To the sounds of a gamelan orchestra, white-dressed Balinese pay ritual homage to Saraswati, the Hindu goddess of knowledge and learning. The timing is apt as over a thousand journalists and others try to ...
November 22, 2011 in Asia Times Online

US, China role play for ASEAN
Don Emmerson: "Southeast Asian policymakers looking north to the Asian mainland and east across the Pacific Ocean see two major, different, and complementary assets to their region: China's biggest-in-the-world economy and America's best-in-the-world military."
November 18, 2011 in Asia Times Online

China-Vietnam: Weighing the Cost-Benefit of War in South China Sea Face-Off
"There is a way to measure how likely things are to lead to military confrontation," said Dr. Donald K. Emmerson, Director of the Southeast Asia Forum at Stanford University. Emmerson attended the 2011 Shangri-La dialogue in Singapore, after Chinese ships cut cords on PetroVietnam's survey ships late last month.
June 15, 2011 in International Business Times

Lessons from a whirlwind
Donald K Emmerson is an affiliate of the Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies at Stanford University and a co-author of Islamism: Contested Perspectives on Political Islam (2010). His website is http://seaf.stanford.edu/people/donaldkemmerson/.
February 22, 2011 in Asia Times Online

Obama Speaks to Two Muslim Worlds from Indonesia
Donald Emmerson is the director of the Southeast Asia Forum at Stanford University and Imam Shamsi Ali runs the Islamic Cultural Center in New York City.
November 10, 2010 in The Takeaway

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