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November 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…

December 29, 2017

Southeast Asia
Rohingya_12.25.2017 Events in Southeast Asia to Watch in 2018

Part Two Read Part One here. In addition to several crucial elections, other events in 2018 will shape Southeast Asia’s economies, security, and regional politics. Some more events to watch in…

December 28, 2017

Southeast Asia
Hun Sen_12.3.2017 Events in Southeast Asia to Watch in 2018

Part One Southeast Asia, like many parts of the world, had a turbulent 2017, with many of the biggest challenges related to a rollback in rights and democracy, and the strength of populism in the …

August 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…

June 9, 2017

Southeast Asia
Tillerson-ASEAN Foreign Ministers_5.4.2017 Southeast Asia in the Age of Trump

In the early months of the Donald Trump administration, most Southeast Asian nations have found themselves in a relatively familiar place in dealing with Washington: on the periphery of U.S. policy. …

March 14, 2018

Southeast Asia
Nguyen Xuan Phuc-Shinzo Abe-6.6.2017 Southeast Asia Seeks New Partners in the Era of “America First”

Amid uncertainty over U.S. foreign policy, countries across Southeast Asia are looking to build up strategic partnerships with regional powers to counter an increasingly assertive China.

March 9, 2018

Southeast Asia
Modi-Quang-9.3.2016 Vietnam and India Cement an Increasingly Vital Relationship in Southeast Asia

In addition to bolstering strategic ties with the United States, Vietnam is also building a strong strategic relationship with other partners, particularly India, that are skeptical of China’s growin…

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…

November 17, 2017

South Korea
The Strategy Behind South Korea’s Outreach to Southeast Asia The Strategy Behind South Korea’s Outreach to Southeast Asia

On November 9, South Korean President Moon Jae-in unveiled his “New Southern Policy,” aimed at deepening relations with the countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Moon’s ann…

April 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…