Stimson Center Southeast Asia Program

The Stimson Center is a nonpartisan policy research center working to protect people, preserve the planet, and promote security & prosperity. Our formula is simple: we gather the brightest people to think beyond soundbites, create solutions, and make those solutions a reality. We follow the credo of one of history’s leading statesmen, Henry L. Stimson, in taking “pragmatic steps toward ideal objectives.” The Center’s research and analysis focus on reducing environmental, nuclear, and other transnational threats to global security and engaging civil society and industry to help fill gaps in existing governance structures.

Stimson’s Southeast Asia team leads the Mekong Basin Connect initiative with partners IUCN and UC Berkeley’s Energy Resources Group to build capacity for innovative planning methods and opportunities provided by the renewable energy transition to engage Mekong stakeholders and development partners toward reducing hydropower and coal impacts in Southeast Asia.
Climate Action Platform

Organisation Representative

Endorsers that Stimson Center Southeast Asia Program partner with


MacArthur Foundation

Aavishkaar Capital is the equity arm of The Aavishkaar Group which manages in excess of US$1 billion in AUM across equity and credit. The Group’s shareholders include TIAA-Nuveen, Shell Foundation, Triodos Bank and Dutch Entrepreneurial Development Bank.

MacArthur Foundation

MacArthur is one of the nation’s largest independent foundations. Organizations supported by the Foundation work in about 50 countries. MacArthur Foundation supports creative people, effective institutions, and influential networks building a more just, verdant, and peaceful world. MacArthur is placing a few big bets that truly significant progress is possible on some of the world s most pressing social challenges, including over-incarceration, global climate change, nuclear risk, and significantly increasing financial capital for the social sector. In addition to the MacArthur Fellows Program, the Foundation continues its historic commitments to the role of journalism in a responsible and responsive democracy, as well as the strength and vitality of our headquarters city, Chicago. We also make awards to individuals for extraordinary creativity through the MacArthur Fellows program; for institutional support through the MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions; and for solutions to critical problems through 100 amp;Change. In India, the Foundation has supported a significant number of interventions to promote secondary education and population and reproductive health. More recently, the Foundation has invested in a significantly large portfolio of interventions to combat the adverse impact of Climate Change.

On-going/Past projects

Mekong Basin Connect

By Stimson Center Southeast Asia Program

Mekong Basin Connect reduces the environmental and social impacts of big dams and coal in mainland Southeast Asia through power planning capacity building and promoting the renewables transition.

Climate Action and Environment, Conservation, Energy, Water and Sanitation and Hygiene

War Legacies Working Group

By Stimson Center Southeast Asia Program

The War Legacies Working Group builds leadership and educates the public on how and why the effects of Agent Orange and unexploded ordnance in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia must be ameliorated.

Agriculture, Governance, Livelihood and Poverty Alleviation

Mekong Dam Monitor

By Stimson Center Southeast Asia Program

The Mekong Dam Monitor uses remote sensing processes to provide unparalleled, near-real time reporting on reservoir and river conditions to communities and decision makers in the Mekong Basin.

Agriculture, Climate Action and Environment, Energy, Governance