CSIS Southeast Asia SIT-REP, July 30, 2015

CSIS Southeast Asia SIT-REP

The SIT-REP gives you links to all of CSIS Southeast Asia’s (@SoutheastAsiaDC) best updates and programs in a five minute read. This issue includes extensive South China Sea coverage, a look at Singapore’s pivotal upcoming elections, a podcast discussion of developments in the Philippines, and much more. Links will take you to the full publications, multimedia, or to registration for upcoming programs when available. To jump to a section, select one of the following:


Deep insight into developments that move the dial

The Dual Policy Challenge of the South China Sea,” by Gregory Poling (@GregPoling)
CSIS hosted its fifth annual South China Sea conference on July 21. The event garnered more interest and a considerably larger audience—both in CSIS’s at-capacity conference room and online—than its four predecessors. Interest in the conference reflected the wider discussion on the South China Sea among policy communities in Washington and Asia… Read more >>

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The CSIS Asia blog features insights on policy around the Asia Pacific

Singapore Faces Watershed Elections as it Marks 50th Jubilee,” by Rui Hao Puah
The air is thick with anticipation over Singapore’s upcoming general elections, which will be the first since the passing of founding father Lee Kuan Yew in March 2015. It comes after the ruling People’s Action Party (PAP) lost ground in the 2011 elections. This year also marks the 50th anniversary of the city-state’s founding… Read more >>

The Mystery of South China Sea Arbitration,” by Michael Sheng-ti Gau
On January 22, 2013, the Philippines initiated a compulsory arbitration against China according to Article 287 of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, under the procedure described by Annex VII of the treaty. The goal, as announced by the Philippines, is to settle part of the maritime disputes with China and to reduce regional tensions… Read more >>

Public Opinion Is Strong Foundation for Future U.S.-Vietnam Relations,” by Cu Chi Loi
The visit of Communist Party general-secretary Nguyen Phu Trong to the United States in early July helped address what many described as the lingering “America syndrome” within Vietnam’s ruling party. At the grassroots level, an overwhelming majority of Vietnamese also support closer relations with the United States… Read more >>

Reading Between the Lines: China & the South China Sea,” by Donald Emmerson
At the 7th U.S.-China Strategic & Economic Dialogue on June 24, 2015, Secretary of State John Kerry and State Councilor Yang Jiechi made closing remarks. Included in Councilor Yang’s statement were a few sentences on the South China Sea. China’s U-shaped (nine-dash) line around most of the South China Sea has been, for Beijing, a masterpiece of useful ambiguity… Read more >>

CogitAsia Podcast

An engaging mix of news, analysis, and predictions from around the region

CogitAsia Podcast: July 30, 2015
In a new article, the CSIS Freeman Chair in China Studies’ Christopher Johnson and Scott Kennedy argue that Xi Jinping has reasserted and expanded the role of the Chinese Communist Party in governing China. Chris Johnson joins the podcast to explain how the party has begun to supplant the institutions of China’s state for formulating and implementing policy… Listen >>

CogitAsia Podcast: July 24, 2015
On the podcast this week we take a broader look at developments in the Philippines. Sumitro Chair Fellow Gregory Poling joins to discuss the candidates for next year’s election and what challenges Manila faces in ensuring both economic growth and continued security… Listen >>

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Recent Programs

CSIS programs are designed to expose you to policymakers through open and honest dialogue

Developing a Transatlantic Strategy to Strengthen Southeast Asian Cooperation, July 29
This panel discussion explored ways in which the EU and the U.S. can work jointly to reinforce Southeast Asia’s institutional and conflict prevention architecture. Made possible by the generous support of the EU Delegation, this event is part of ongoing CSIS research which examines ways to enhance and deepen U.S. –EU engagement in the Asia Pacific… Read more >>

Fifth Annual CSIS South China Sea Conference, July 21
This full-day conference provided opportunities for in-depth discussion and analysis of U.S. and Asian policy options in the South China Sea. It featured senior U.S. officials and speakers from throughout the region, including claimant countries. Panels addressed recent developments, legal issues, the strategic balance, and engaged in a crisis simulation… Read more >>

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