Wen-Qing Ngoei presents for the MacMillan Center

Wen-Qing Ngoei presented on behalf of the Yale MacMillan Center on October 23rd. The following is the Center’s description.

Major studies of American foreign relations treat U.S. failures in Vietnam as the end of both a short-lived American empire and western imperialism in Southeast Asia. Ngoei argues that Vietnam was an exception to the region痴 overall pro-U.S. trajectory after 1945, that British neocolonialism and Southeast Asian anticommunism melded with preexisting local antipathy toward China and the Chinese diaspora to usher the region from formal colonialism to U.S. hegemony. By the 1970s, Southeast Asia痴 anticommunist nationalists had established, with U.S. support, a geostrategic arc of states that contained Vietnam and China.

Wen-Qing Ngoei is assistant professor of history at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. He completed his PhD at Northwestern University and, before joining NTU, did postdoctoral stints at Northwestern and Yale University. Ngoei痴 book, Arc of Containment: Britain, the United States, and Anticommunism in Southeast Asia (Cornell, 2019), argues that British decolonization intertwined with Southeast Asian anticommunism to shape U.S. policy in the wider region. He has published in Diplomatic History (2017) and his prize-winning essay on the domino theory appears in the Journal of American-East Asian Relations (2014).

Edward Rugemer on The MacMillan Report

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Edward Rugemer talks about Slave Law and the Politics of Resistance in the Early Atlantic World.

Edward Rugemer is an Associate Professor of African American Studies & History at Yale who studies comparative slavery and abolition and antebellum U.S. history. We talk with Professor Rugemer about his new book, Slave Law and the Politics of Resistance in the Early Atlantic World, for which he was recently awarded the MacMillan Center’s Gustav Ranis International Book Prize for Best Book.

Learn more about Edward Rugemer.

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The MacMillan Report is an online interview show featuring the research of faculty in international and area studies.

Yale School of Forestry Hosts Minnie Degawan

The Forests Dialogue and the Yale Forest Forum this week hosted a discussion by Minnie Degawan, an indigenous Kanakanaey/Igorot from the Philippines, who discussed her work with indigenous and local communities.

During the event, Degawan stressed the importance of bringing in local perspectives related to rights and resource management. She was involved with the Cordillera Peoples Alliance (CPA) which was established to defend the ancestral domain of the Cordillera peoples from extractive and destructive development projects. As Secretary General to the CPA she conducted community education activities to inform indigenous peoples of their rights and led mobilizations against dams and mining activities.

The Yale Forest Forum hosts weekly lunch talks during the academic year. The theme during the fall semester is Dismantling Marginalization: Experiences and Lessons from Forest Peoples and Forest Professionals.


Democratic Reversal in Cambodia: Counter-movement and Shifting Dependency

The MacMillan Center Council on Southeast Asia Studies will feature Kheang Un,
Associate Professor of Political Science at Northern Illinois University, who will present Democratic Reversal in Cambodia: Counter-movement and Shifting Dependency on October 3rd as a part of their Southeast Asia Studies Brown Bag Seminar Series. The Center stated about the talk:

 In 2017, the Cambodian government dismantled the Cambodian National Rescue Party, clamped down on civil liberties and organized elections in 2018 without the presence of a credible opposition party. The presentation examines the reasons underlying the government’s decision to close down democratic space by focusing on the following arguments.     First, the presence of some semblance of democracy in Cambodia was the outcome of the Western community’s pressure through its granting financial assistance and preferential trade access to Cambodia. So long as this order permitted the Cambodian People’s Party to maintain its domination, it conceded to Western demands.

Second, by the 2013 elections, key socio-economic and political changes culminated in a counter-movement to the CPP’s patronage-based politics. When the CPP felt that its grip on power was threatened, it instituted hegemonic electoral authoritarianism.

Third, since Cambodia’s democracy is a product of Western intervention and continued engagement, Cambodia’s recent return to authoritarianism can to great extent be attributed to China’s role as a counter-leverage to Western pressure.


Wednesday, October 2, 12:00 Noon
Room 203, Luce Hall, 34 Hillhouse Avenue

20 2019-2020 Kerry Fellows Named

Twenty Yale University students have been named Kerry Fellows for the 2019-20 academic year. Part of the Kerry Initiative led by former Secretary of State John Kerry YC ’66, the Fellows will collaborate with Sec. Kerry on leading-edge research aimed at developing real-world policy solutions.

The students represent several of Yale’s professional schools, including the schools of Medicine, Forestry and Environmental Studies, Law, Management, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs.

The 2019-20 Kerry Fellows are:

  • J. Elizabeth Allan (Yale Law School)
  • Jariel Bytheway (School of Management)
  • Andrea de Sa (Yale Law School)
  • Katherine Fang (Yale Law School)
  • Anthony Formica (Jackson Institute for Global Affairs)
  • Nicholas Frisch (Graduate School of Arts and Sciences)
  • Max Goldberg (Yale Law School)
  • Kareem Hammoud (School of Forestry and Environmental Studies)
  • Kelsey Hartman (School of Forestry and Environmental Studies)
  • Hannah Heether (Jackson Institute for Global Affairs)
  • Annie Himes (Yale Law School)
  • Lucas Isakowitz (School of Forestry and Environmental Studies)
  • Brian Kim (Yale Law School)
  • Shobhit Kumar (Jackson Institute for Global Affairs)
  • Noah Lerner (School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and School of Management)
  • Isa Qasim (Yale Law School)
  • Zach Ratner (School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and School of Management)
  • Madison Sharp (School of Medicine)
  • Evelin Toth (School of Forestry and Environmental Studies)
  • Emily Tucker (School of Forestry and Environmental Studies)

Read more about this year’s Fellows.