The Asia Foundation-Stanford APARC Fellowship
The Asia Foundation, in collaboration with Stanford University's Walter H. Shorenstein Asia Pacific Research Center (APARC), has awarded several research fellowships to Southeast Asian scholars to spend an academic year as a Visiting Fellow at APARC.
The Fellowship recipients and their research focus include:
Dr. Puangthong Pawakapan, Assistant Professor, Department of International Relations, Faculty of Political Science, Chulalongkorn University, (2010-11 academic year Fellow). Drawing on her expertise in the historical relationship between Thailand and Cambodia, Dr. Puangthong's research focused on current tensions between the two Southeast Asian nations. Designation by UNESCO of the ancient Preah Vihear Temple as a World Heritage Site has contributed to periodic outbursts of violence in a disputed border region and deteriorating bilateral relations.
Dr. Sudarno Sumarto, Director of the SMERU Research Institute, (2009-10 academic year Fellow). Director of a highly-regarded and independent think-tank for public policy studies in Jakarta, Indonesia, Dr. Sumarto has written extensively on issues such as poverty reduction, social protection, and labor and employment. His research has also addressed the broader concerns of economic growth and agricultural development. During his program at Stanford, Dr. Sumarto conducted research on an analysis of social protection programs in Indonesia, the lessons that can be drawn from a decade of experience with such programs, and comparisons with similar experiences in other developing countries.
Mr. Dennis Arroyo, Director of National Planning in the Philippines' National Economic Development Authority (NEDA), 2007-08 academic year Fellow). Mr. Arroyo's research resulted in a provocative paper on "The Political Economy of Successful Reform: Asian Stratagems." (Download the abstract of Mr. Arroyo's paper here or download the full paper from the Stanford University APARC web-site). Following his Visiting Fellowship, Mr. Arroyo spent two months in The Asia Foundation's Korea Office applying his research on reform efforts to the Korean context and assessing aspects of Korea's development experience and current economic and administrative practices of possible relevance to other countries.