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Rajawali Semester in Review

This past semester, the Rajawali Foundation Institute for Asia engaged in conversations and research on topics ranging from Indonesia’s election to US-Taiwan relations with the goal of continuing to develop policy solutions to the region’s most pressing concerns.

Collage of photos taken from various Rajawali events over the semester

Whether it’s commenting on the outcome of Indonesia’s momentous election or helping strengthen the US-Vietnam relationship through critical archival work, the Rajawali Foundation Institute for Asia is at the forefront of some of the region’s greatest challenges. Every semester, we continue to deepen our impact through our research, commentary, and events.  

As the semester wraps, we encourage you to explore the compilation of our most popular events and top insights below. Looking forward to the start of the next school year, we hope you’ll join us at one of our events, which can always be found online here.

Insights

Understanding Indonesia’s Recent Election 

Democracy and development were on the ballot during Indonesia’s national elections earlier in February according to experts at a Rajawali Foundation Institute for Asia event on what Prabowo Subianto’s victory now portends for the future of the country. 

Harvard research project aids return of wartime personal effects to Vietnamese veterans and families 

At a May event at the US Embassy in Hanoi, researchers from the Unseen Legacies team returned personal ephemera to families and veterans alongside research that helped answer decades-old questions about the fates of missing Vietnamese soldiers.  

Events

The Implications of Taiwan’s Presidential Election, 

January 29 

The Rajawali Foundation Institute for Asia and the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies co-hosted a webinar on Taiwan’s recent presidential election, which saw the Democratic Progressive Party’s Lai Ching-te capture the presidency. 

Implications of Indonesia’s Presidential Election: The Future of Democracy and National Development, 

February 23 

The Rajawali Foundation Institute for Asia hosted a Global Elections Webinar Series event to reflect on the implications of President Prabowo’s landslide victory for the state of democracy and prospects for national development in Indonesia. 

AI and Democracy – Threats, Promises, and Reality Checks, 

February 27 

This hybrid conversation tackled the pressing issue of artificial intelligence’s influence on democracy. The panel explored such dynamics in Taiwan’s recent election and the upcoming US election and offered ways of thinking about — and countering — such threats. 

Spillover Implications of a China Growing 0-2%, 

February 29 

This webinar delineated the consequences of China’s slowing economic growth and what kind of response is warranted from educators, policymakers, and business leaders.  

The Future of US-Taiwan Relations,

April 3 

During this event, Rajawali Foundation Institute for Asia Director Tony Saich spoke with Alexander Tah-ray Yui, Taiwan’s Representative to the United States, on the future of US-Taiwan relations.  

AAPI Solidarity in Action: AAPI Communities Shaping Democratic Futures, 

April 16 

Speakers Viet Thanh Nguyen and Shehab Chowdhury highlight the dynamic role of AAPI communities in advocacy, grassroots and liberation movements, and social activism. 

East Germany and China: A conversation with Axel Berkofsky, 

April 29 

The Rajawali Foundation Institute for Asia hosted a book talk with Axel Berkofsky, author of China-GDR Relations from 1949 to 1989: The (Bad) Company You Keep. 

News

The Real Roots of Xi Jinping Thought, Foreign Affairs, Rana Mitter 

The Great Creep Backward: Policy responses to China’s slowing economy, PolicyCast Rana Mitter 

Taiwan sees warning signs in weakening congressional support for Ukraine, Harvard Gazette, Tony Saich 

Biden Aims to Project United Front Against China at White House Summit, New York Times, Rana Mitter 

The U.S. vs China, The Face-Off, Rana Mitter 

What will a potential TikTok ban mean for Chinese tech in the U.S.?, CNN, Wenchi Yu 

Xi Jinping warns Putin to ‘hold back’ on using nuclear weapons, Times Radio, Rana Mitter 

Sharif’s Beijing trip: Can China-Pakistan Economic Corridor be revived?, Aljazeera, Stella (Hong) Zhang 

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Democracy and development were on the ballot during Indonesia’s national elections earlier this month according to experts at a Rajawali Foundation Institute for Asia event on what Prabowo Subianto’s victory now portends for the future of the country.

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Understanding Indonesia’s Recent Election

Democracy and development were on the ballot during Indonesia’s national elections earlier this month according to experts at a Rajawali Foundation Institute for Asia event on what Prabowo Subianto’s victory now portends for the future of the country.