CSIS: Southeast Asia SIT-REP, Oct. 22, 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 analyses of Vietnam’s upcoming Communist Party congress, politicial issues in Myanmar’s November elections, the uncertain fate awaiting the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law in the Philippines, and a discussion with Australian foreign minister Julie Bishop, 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

Vietnam Eyes Greater International Integration—and That’s Good News For The United States,” by Phuong Nguyen (@PNguyen_DC)
For the first time since Vietnam opened up to the world in the late 1980s, the country’s trajectory could shape the future geopolitics of Southeast Asia in significant ways. What that trajectory ought to look like has been a topic of intense discussions among Vietnamese leaders in recent months, as Vietnam gears up for the twelfth Communist Party Congress, expected to take place in early 2016… Read more >>

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Myanmar Military’s Role in the Elections: Straddling the Old & the New,” by Phuong Nguyen (@PNguyen_DC)
When Myanmar’s military, known as the tatmadaw, helped orchestrate the ouster in August of the once powerful Lower House speaker Shwe Mann from his post as chairman of the ruling, military-backed Union Solidarity and Development Party, it unmistakably sent a signal that the military was still intent on pulling the trigger when it feels that its power is being put at risk… Read more >>

Vietnam Debates the Trans-Pacific Partnership,” by Cuong Nguyen
Officials from the 12 countries in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement concluded talks on October 5, after years of heated negotiations. The deal must now be ratified by various individual governments before it takes effect. Nevertheless, the accord is one of the greatest accomplishments in the history of free trade agreements, gathering together countries whose gross domestic product (GDP) accounts for two-fifths of the global economy and potentially serving as the stepping stone to a larger free trade agreement for the Asia Pacific… Read more >>

Possible Political Scenarios Following Myanmar’s November Elections,” by Aung Din
A variety of outcomes are possible in the wake of Myanmar’s general elections on November 8 and each of them has different potential implications for political jockeying. The opposition National League for Democracy (NLD) led by Aung San Suu Kyi and the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) are the primary contestants, while ethnic political parties and the military will play a key role in determining who takes leadership positions in the new parliament and government… Read more >>

Hope Fades for Draft Bangsamoro Basic Law,” by Conor Cronin
Philippine lawmakers on September 23 set December 16 as the new deadline for passing the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), after their earlier plans to approve the draft legislation before the congressional recess from October 10 to November 2 unraveled. There is, however, a possibility that the proposed law, which will implement the peace agreement between Manila and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), will not get passed at all. Even if it does limp through the Philippine Congress, the prospects of its implementation appear slim… Read more >>

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CogitAsia Podcast

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

CogitAsia Podcast: October 16, 2015
In this week’s episode, we talk to President Park Geun-hye of South Korea about her views on the future of the U.S.-Korea alliance, and Foreign Minister Julie Bishop of Australia joins to discuss the current geopolitical environment in the Asia-Pacific region from Canberra’s perspective with CSIS Senior Vice President for Asia and Japan Chair Dr. Michael J. Green. Hosted by Colm Quinn… Listen >>

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Recent Programs

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

Statesmen’s Forum: The Hon. Julie Bishop MP, Foreign Minister of Australia, October 14, 2015
CSIS hosted a Statesmen’s Forum with Julie Bishop, Foreign Minister of Australia. Bishop discussed global and regional challenges facing the U.S.-Australia alliance and democratic governance,… Read More >>

Schieffer Series: Assessing U.S.-China Relations after the Obama-Xi Summit, October 20, 2015
The CSIS-Schieffer Series Dialogue hosted a discussion on U.S.-China relations after the summit between President Barack Obama and Chinese president Xi Jinping with Kurt Campbell, Demetri Sevastopulo, and Chris Johnson… Read More >>

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