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May 14, 2008

A Conversation with Surin Pitsuwan

In the midst of a ratification process of a charter proposed in January 2007, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is on the cusp of new challenges and opportunities. Join ASEAN Secreta…

December 28, 2017

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Ten World Figures Who Died in 2017

I wrote yesterday about ten Americans who died in 2017 who helped shape U.S. foreign policy during their lifetimes. But Americans are not the only ones who influence world affairs. Below are ten worl…

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February 19, 2016

The U.S.-ASEAN Summit: Final Thoughts

The U.S.-ASEAN summit earlier this week, held at Sunnylands estate in California, was overshadowed by the death of Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia, and the political debate over his possible rep…

U.S.-ASEAN-leaders summit-sunnylands

December 2, 2015

ASEAN’s New Community---Only a Small Step

At an Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit last week, Southeast Asian leaders signed an agreement creating an “ASEAN Community.” The Diplomat reports that the “Community,” much discu…


September 4, 2012

Why ASEAN Will Stay Weak

In her visit to Asia this week, including her trip to Jakarta on Monday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has not only highlighted the renewed American focus on Southeast Asia, especially regarding…

U.S. secretary of state Clinton delivers remarks during a meeting at the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta.

November 15, 2012

Obama Heads to Southeast Asia Amid Regional Tensions

As President Barack Obama sets off this weekend for a historic trip to Southeast Asia, he arrives at a high point for himself —and a low point for the region. Obama, making his first trip since winni…

President Barack Obama waves at the door of Air Force One; The U.S. president will travel to Southeast Asia November 16-21, 2012.

October 30, 2012

More on the Strife in Rakhine State

While we on the East Coast of the United States get battered by the hurricane, reports suggest that the most recent wave of strife in Rakhine State has cooled, at least temporarily. The Irrawaddy rep…

Muslim children collect water at a refugee camp for those displaced by violence earlier this year outside Sittwe, Rakhine State, October 30, 2012.

December 6, 2012

South China Sea: Going to Get Worse Before It (Might) Gets Better

This week’s latest South China Sea incident, in which a Chinese fishing boat cut a Vietnamese seismic cable —at least according to Hanoi— is a reminder that, despite the South China Sea dominating ne…

A Chinese national flag is seen on a boat at a fishing village in Tanmen town, Hainan province, next to the South China Sea.

July 17, 2012

ASEAN’s Failures on the South China Sea

In the wake of the disastrous break-up of last week’s ASEAN foreign ministers meeting in Phnom Penh, at which ASEAN failed to agree to any statement summarizing their position on the South China Sea,…


May 10, 2011

The Continuing Impotence of ASEAN

ASEAN leaders walk after they held a retreat at the 18th ASEAN Summit in Jakarta May 8, 2011. (Supri Supri/Courtesy Reuters) This past week’s ASEAN Summit in Jakarta only further highlighted the org…

ASEAN leaders walk after they held a retreat at the 18th ASEAN Summit in Jakarta May 8, 2011.