CSIS Southeast Asia Sit-Rep Sept 24, 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 analysis of Malcolm Turnbull’s ouster of Tony Abbott as Australian prime minister, a look at lessons from Singapore’s recent general election, the third annual Asian Architecture Conference @ CSIS, 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

Southeast Asia from Scott Circle: Myanmar’s Electoral Landscape Vibrant, but Fraught with Uncertainties,” by Phuong Nguyen (@PNguyen_DC)
On September 8, Myanmar entered a two-month election campaign period, the culmination of at least a year of excitement, political intrigue, and wrangling among different players. The United States and other international players have been concerned that the elections, expected to take place on November 8, will not be entirely free and fair… Read more >>

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

Vietnam Party Chief Visit to Japan Boosts Bilateral Defense Cooperation,” by Hunter Marston
The general secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Nguyen Phu Trong succeeded in advancing Vietnam-Japan relations on his trip to Tokyo from September 15 to 18. At a press conference on September 15, Trong and Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe announced a series of deals aimed at boosting bilateral trade and defense ties… Read more >>

Malcolm Turnbull Will Bring New Leadership Culture, New Policies to Australia,” by Jonathan Bogais
Australia’s new prime minister Malcolm Turnbull singled out Tony Abbott’s apparent denial about the serious challenges facing the country’s economy and his inability to communicate his economic agenda to explain why he challenged his predecessor. Turnbull said, “The prime minister had not been capable of providing the economic confidence that business needs”… Read more >>

Dealing with the Lure of the Islamic State in Southeast Asia,” by Derwin Pereira
Fourteen years after al-Qaeda redrew the religious map of the world, it has been replaced by a stronger subversive entity, the Islamic State (IS), proving how hard it is to put the genie of terror back into the bottle. IS has outlived hopes that it would be a temporary phenomenon. The repercussions of its longevity are being felt as far away as Southeast Asia… Read more >>

Australia’s Blood Sport, Politics: Turnbull Ousts Abbott,” by Ernest Bower
As the sun set in Canberra today, another Shakespearean-worthy political plot was thickening. Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s colleagues in his Liberal Party rallied around a former Goldman Sachs banker and the member of parliament from Wentworth, Malcolm Turnbull. Members caucused and voted 54-44 to oust an increasingly unpopular Abbott… Read more >>

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CogitAsia Podcast

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

CogitAsia Podcast: September 18, 2015
This week we look ahead to President Xi’s visit to the United States and the state of U.S.-China relations with CSIS Freeman Chair in China Studies Christopher Johnson. Then we discuss the size of China’s economy with Daniel Rosen and Beibei Bao of the Rhodium Group, the authors of a new study titled Broken Abacus?: A More Accurate Gauge of China’s Economy… Listen >>

CogitAsia Podcast: September 11, 2015
This week Sumitro Chair for Southeast Asia Studies Ernie Bower joins to analyze Singapore’s general election returns and discuss the future direction of the country’s democracy and foreign policy. We also explore the findings of a recent Pew Research Center survey on U.S. citizens’ views of China… Listen >>

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Recent Programs

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Asian Archictecture Conference @ CSIS, September 22, 2015
The third annual Asian Architecture Conference @ CSIS featured keynote addesses by U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman and Eurasia Group managing director for Asia Evan Medeiros, and expert panel discussions on regional economic and security architecture, as well their role in boosting small- and medium-sized enterprises in the Asia Pacific… Read More >>

Harnessing the Potential of Diaspora Finance, September 21, 2015
The Project on U.S. Leadership in Development at CSIS hosted an expert panel discussion on current trends and innovations in diaspora finance, with a focus on the experience of Bangladesh. In 2013 alone, middle and low-income countries received an estimated $414 billion in remittances from members of the diaspora… Read More >>

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Upcoming Programs

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

Banyan Tree Leadership Forum with Antonio Carpio, October 5, 2015
Antonio Carpio, senior associate justice of the Philippine Supreme Court, will discuss China’s nine-dash line claim as the root cause of the South China Sea disputes, and show how it encroaches on the maritime zones of other coastal states. He will suggest a possible resolution of the dispute whereby China would return to the original intent of the 1947 nine-dash line… Read More >>

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