January 08, 2013
Postdoctoral Fellowship Inter-Asia Program
Deadline: January 10, 2013
The Inter-Asia Program at the MacMillan Center, Yale University, invites applications for a postdoctoral position. This is a 12 month appointment with the possibility of extension for up to another 6 months, beginning no later than Sept. 1, 2013. Duties include 1) serving as primary programmatic liaison with Principal Investigators Helen Siu (East Asian Studies) and K. Sivaramakrishnan (South Asian Studies), the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) and the program's researchers around the world; 2) working with SSRC staff to document and analyze existing materials from completed and planned Inter Asia Connections conferences and the work of scholars and researchers associated with the Program since its inception in 2008; 3) promoting faculty and student interest in program activities and engaging and expanding program networks on campus. Web announcement: academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/2333.
Research Fellowships on Indonesia
Research Fellowships on Indonesia
USINDO 2013 Sumitro Fellows Program
Deadline: January 15, 2013
The Sumitro Fellows Program is a $10,000 travel/study grant for postdoctoral scholars, Ph.D. candidates, senior academics, and otherwise professionally qualified candidates to engage in field research. One Fellowship is available for a United States citizen/permanent resident for research relating to the political economy of Indonesia. One Fellowship is also available for an Indonesian citizen with a project related to the Indonesian-U.S. relationship. See the USINDO website for application detailswww.usindo.org/grants-fellowships/sumitro-fellows.
Summer Advanced Indonesian Abroad Program 2013
For U.S. Students, Teachers, Educational Administrators, and Independent Scholars
Program Dates: June 17 - August 8, 2013
Location: Language Center, Universitas Kristen Satya Wacana (UKSW) in Salatiga, Central Java, Indonesia
Web announcement: www.international.ucla.edu/cseas/news/article.asp?parentid=122827
Deadline: February 19, 2013
For non-native speakers of Indonesian who have completed at least intermediate level by June 2013.
Generous Fulbright-Hays fellowships are available for U.S. citizens and Permanent Residents. (Fulbright-Hays fellowships cannot be used in conjunction with FLAS fellowships, but students who are eligible for FLAS fellowships [or any other fellowships] from their home institutions are encouraged to apply for them as a back-up, since Fulbright-Hays fellowships are limited.)
March 04, 2011
The American Experience in Southeast Asia, 1946-1975
The Office of the Historian Announces that the Proceedings of
“The American Experience in Southeast Asia, 1946-1975” are Now Available Online.
The Department of State’s Office of the Historian in the Bureau of Public Affairs convened a conference September 29-30, 2010, on U.S. policy and the war in Southeast Asia, 1946-1975, with special emphasis on the years of greatest American involvement in the conflict in Vietnam. Featured speakers at the conference included Secretary of State Hillary R. Clinton, Dr. Henry A. Kissinger and Ambassador John D. Negroponte, participants in the Vietnam policy process, and the late Ambassador Richard C. Holbrooke.
The conference showcased and commemorated the completion of the Indochina/Vietnam War documentary histories prepared by the Office of the Historian in the Foreign Relations of the United States series. In approximately 26 volumes, the Office of the Historian has printed over 24,500 pages of policy related documents. Transcripts and videos can be found on the Office of the Historian website at http://history.state.gov/conferences/2010-southeast-asia/videos-transcripts.
Dr. Kissinger defended the Nixon Administration’s Vietnam War policy, stating that “most of what went wrong in Vietnam we did to ourselves” and that he was “absolutely unreconstructed” on this point. Ever the realist, he argued that a key lesson from the war must be that when the United States goes to war it must do so as a united country and with a “global strategic analysis that explains to us what the significance of this [going to war] is.” He called the conference “an extraordinary, moving experience in my life.”
Ambassador John D. Negroponte, similar to the other speakers, focused on lessons learned from the war. The central one, he concluded, “really goes to the question of Iraq and Afghanistan and many subsequent experiences for me, but I guess it’s pretty simple. Be careful before you take the first step, because once you get in, then you just – you lose a little bit of control about the next ones and the consequences. And it becomes harder to decide to disengage.”
Ambassador Holbrooke’s career started in Vietnam – his first posting as a Foreign Service Officer – and was an experience that influenced his thinking throughout his career. In Holbrooke’s speech, he reflected on this experience, concluding that “our goals in Vietnam did not justify the immense costs of the war. Nor do I believe that success was denied to us because of domestic events and lack of patience on the part of the American public.” In short, “success [in Vietnam] was not achievable. Those who advocated more escalation or something called, ‘staying the course,’ were advocating something that would have led only to a greater and more costly disaster afterwards.”
The program included a panel on the role of the media on the Vietnam War to explore the impact of the press on public opinion and United States policy. Marvin Kalb moderated the panel, which consisted of journalists Morley Safer, William Beecher, and Edith Lederer, all of whom reported from Vietnam or about the Vietnam War, as well as the late Barry Zorthian, former Director of Media Relations at U.S. Embassy Saigon. Succinctly summing up the subject, moderator Marvin Kalb said: “I think that you have to have lived on Mars to have missed the central role that the media played during the Vietnam War.”
Other panels featured thought-provoking presentations by leading American and international scholars on topics such as force and diplomacy, counterinsurgency and pacification, the United States and its allies, and the war at home.
Aided by the recollections of participants in the policy process such as Dr. Kissinger and Ambassadors Holbrooke and Negroponte, by documents in the Foreign Relations series, and by presentations of the most recent research by scholars, this conference provided a special opportunity to re-examine the formation, development, and consequences of United States policy in Indochina and the Vietnam War for America and the world. Those in attendance broadened and deepened their knowledge and understanding of the war in Southeast Asia, as will those who read and study these videos and transcripts online at the Office of the Historian website.