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June 29, 2018

Southeast Asia
prayuth_9.30.2014 Southeast Asia’s Democratic Recession: An Interview with The Diplomat

Over the past decade, Southeast Asia’s democratic decline has accelerated, and in the past two years the recession has picked up notable speed. With the exception of Malaysia, which shocked the regio…

November 30, 2016

Asia
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…

June 15, 2018

Southeast Asia
Thailand train_12.17.2017 In Southeast Asia, Belt and Road Attracts Takers, But Skepticism is Rising

Since China’s Belt and Road Initiative was formally launched in 2013, Southeast Asia has been one of the major priorities of the infrastructure investment project. Beijing launched a new high-speed r…

August 12, 2015

Asia
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…

May 31, 2018

Southeast Asia
Vietnam_Carl Vinson_3.5.2018 Southeast Asia Between the United States and China: A CFR Workshop Report

Although the Barack Obama administration rhetorically made Southeast Asia a centerpiece of its “rebalance to Asia” strategy, the administration still largely focused on the Middle East and Europe, an…

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. …

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…

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…

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 …