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Scholarly Publications

Decentralization and the environment: Assessing smallholder oil palm development in Indonesia

January 2019

Indonesia’s oil palm expansion during the last two decades has resulted in widespread environmental and health damages through land clearing by fire and peat conversion, but it has also contributed...

Organization of Disaster Aid Delivery: Spending Your Donations

April 2016

This article examines how different organizational structures in disaster aid delivery affect house aid quality.

Rebranding Islam: Piety, Prosperity, and a Self-Help Guru

November 2015

Kyai Haji Abdullah Gymnastiar, known affectionately by Indonesians as "Aa Gym" (elder brother Gym), rose to fame via nationally televised sermons, best-selling books, and corporate training...

Other Publications

ASEAN @ 50, Southeast Asia @ Risk: What Should Be Done?

January 2018

In October 2017, twenty-two scholars from eight countries attended a workshop titled “ASEAN @ 50, Southeast Asia @ Risk: What should be done?” The workshop was designed to facilitate a frank and...

Indonesia's Corruption Eradication Commission

April 2015

Indonesia's Corruption Eradication Commission focuses on efforts to reign in corruption in Indonesia, particularly since the fall of the Suharto regime in 1998.

Customs Reform in Indonesia

April 2015

This case describes the Indonesian government’s decision to combat systemic corruption and enhance efficiency in the customs service by “outsourcing” the customs inspections function to a foreign...

News

Between Hope and Caution: One American’s View of Indonesia’s Election

April 2019

On April 17, Indonesia, the world’s fourth largest country and the third largest democracy after India and America, goes to the polls.

The Double-Edged Sword of Palm Oil

January 2019

Nearly ubiquitous in products ranging from cookies to cosmetics, palm oil represents a bedeviling double-edged sword.

Indonesian Foreign Policy: Between Two Reefs Again?

October 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.

Events

The moderates’ dilemma: obstacles to mobilization against Islamist extremism

August 29, 2017

Abstract: Why do moderate majorities often fail to coordinate opposition to extremist minorities?

The South China Sea: What is to be Done?

February 6, 2017

Brunei, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan, and Vietnam have made ambiguous, intransigent, and overlapping claims of “sovereignty” and “rights” in the SouthChina Sea.

Poverty Alleviation through Sustainable Palm Oil Production – Research in Progress

September 27, 2016

The Global Development and Poverty Initiative Seminar Series kicks off the 2016 school year with a presentation of one of its most exciting and timely capacity-building projects, "Poverty...

Projects

Poverty Alleviation through Sustainable Palm Oil Production

This project focuses on private and public sector strategies for promoting sustainable palm oil, with sustainability defined by environmental, social, and economic objectives.
English

Oil palm development in Indonesia: Demand, trade, and land use

Indonesia is currently the world’s top palm oil producer.
English

Late Democratization in Pacific Asia

Professor Thompson builds on Barrington Moore's insight that there are different "paths to the modern" world.
English

Multimedia

The South China Sea: What is to be Done?

April 2017

Audio and transcript from the Shorenstein APARC China Program seminar, "The South China Sea: What is to be Done?", on March 8, 2017, with Donald K.

The 1965-66 Politicide in Indonesia: Toward Knowing Who Did What to Whom and Why

January 2017

Audio and transcript (forthcoming) from the Southeast Asia Program seminar, "The 1965-66 Politicide in Indonesia: Toward Knowing Who Did What to Whom and Why," with John Roosa on Feb.

Does Decentralization Lessen or Worsen Poverty? Evidence from Post-‘Big Bang’ Indonesia

January 2017

Audio and transcript from the Southeast Asia Program seminar, "Does Decentralization Lessen or Worsen Poverty? Evidence from Post-‘Big Bang’ Indonesia," with Sudarno Sumarto on Dec.

People

Rosamond L. Naylor Senior Fellow William Wrigley Professor of Earth System Science, Senior Fellow, Stanford Woods Institute and Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Professor, by courtesy, Economics, Senior Fellow and Founding Director, Center on Food Security and the Environment
David S. Battisti Affiliated scholar
Waka Takahashi Brown Waka Takahashi Brown Instructor and Manager, Stanford e-Japan
Lisa Lee Program Coordinator, Asia Health Policy Program and Southeast Asia Program