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May 8, 2017

Southeast Asia
Thirtieth ASEAN Summit Southeast Asia: Heading Backwards on Freedoms

The thirtieth ASEAN Summit, held two weekends ago, and this year’s fiftieth anniversary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, offer opportunities to reflect on ASEAN’s progress—and the might…

Apr 24, 2017

pence-australia Pence Returns Home: Southeast Asia Overshadowed

Vice President Mike Pence, after a brief but relatively successful trip in Asia, rushed back to Washington ahead of schedule this week; the U.S. administration plans to tackle a very important set of…

Nov 30, 2016

duterte-speech-airport Moving Forward in Southeast Asia

Although Southeast Asia was not mentioned often during the presidential campaign, the new U.S. administration will face several imminent regional challenges. For one, the relationship between the Uni…


Democratic Change in Southeast Asia

Southeast Asia was once a model of democratic transition. But in recent years the region has regressed away from democracy. The consequences of Southeast Asia’s democratic decline—for growth, securit…

Aug 12, 2015

myanmar-beach-fishing Southeast Asia Summer Reading

Summer is winding down. In the Washington area, the brick oven heat of late July and early August is giving way to that late August feeling of merely living in a sauna. School forms are due. And it i…

Sep 9, 2011

Wikileaks and Southeast Asia

Founder of WikiLeaks Julian Assange smiles as he arrives for his extradition hearing at Belmarsh Magistrates' Court in east London (Toby Melville/Courtesy Reuters). The recent releases of new b…

Mar 21, 2017

congress-southeast asia What Happens to Congressional Southeast Asia Policy Under a New U.S. Administration?

Unlike many regions of the world, where U.S. foreign policy has in recent decades been dominated by the executive branch, since the end of the Cold War Congress has played a major role in policy towa…

Nov 16, 2016

trump-southeast-asia Southeast Asia Responds to the U.S. Election

While the incoming U.S. presidential administration focuses on domestic issues that drove the presidential campaign, from health care to tax reform, U.S. relations with Southeast Asia are likely to b…

Jun 27, 2013

A worker stands as he looks on at fire from burning trees planted for palm oil, during haze in Indonesia's Riau province on June 24, 2013. Southeast Asia’s Purple Haze

Even before several of my CFR colleagues and I arrived in Indonesia earlier this week for discussions on regional security and governance, headlines in the region’s media were dominated by the haze t…

Feb 10, 2017

obama-laos The Laos War and its Long-Term Impact on U.S. Relations with Southeast Asia

In my new book, A Great Place to Have a War: America in Laos and the Birth of a Military CIA, I examine how the covert war in Laos, during the 1960s and early 1970s, dramatically changed the Central …