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Indonesia's presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto gestures as he speaks during a debate with his opponent Joko Widodo (not pictured) in Jakarta, Indonesia, on February 17, 2019. Willy Kurniawan/Reuters

Indonesia’s Election: Drift in the Most Important State in Southeast Asia

Indonesia, the biggest economy in Southeast Asia and long the dominant strategic actor, is a country whose bilateral relationship with the United States has historically underperformed its potential. As I noted in a Council Special Report, U.S.-Indonesia economic and security ties lag Washington’s links with other leading countries in the region, though Indonesia is becoming one of the biggest consumer markets in the world, and wields the most influence over regional diplomacy. Read More

March 19, 2019

South Korea
The U.S.-ROK Alliance and Policy Coordination Toward China

The United States and South Korea should establish a regularized mechanism to enhance dialogue, coordination, and cooperation on policies and strategies related to China.

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March 18, 2019

Southeast Asia
Five Eyes Intelligence Sharing Has Failed to Combat White Nationalist Terrorism

By Van Jackson New Zealand may appear to be a paradise in the Pacific, but it is afflicted by many of the problems facing other liberal democracies, such as a rising suicide rate and deep socioeconomic inequalities with no clear solution. To this list of shared problems, tragically, one can now add white nationalist terrorism.

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March 15, 2019

Southeast Asia
Potential Scenarios in Thailand’s Election

With a week left before Thailand’s first national elections in eight years, the kingdom looks unlikely to resolve its political tensions, no matter the result of the vote. Instead, Thailand seems destined for continued political instability, although that instability could come in different forms, depending on the results of the election.

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