CSIS Southeast Asia Sit-Rep – Jan 14, 2016

CSIS Southeast Asia Sit-Rep – Jan 14

A five-minute read on our best updates and programs

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This issue brings you a preview of the Sunnylands summit between President Barack Obama and ASEAN heads of state in February, an explainer on the Jakarta terrorist attacks, analysis on the timing of the Philippines’ arbitration case against China, 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

Sunnylands Summit Provides Opportunity to Bolster U.S.-Southeast Asia Ties,” by Murray Hiebert (@MurrayHiebert1)
President Barack Obama will host leaders from the 10 ASEAN countries for a summit at the lush Sunnylands retreat in southern California on February 15 and 16 in a gesture aimed at deepening U.S. ties to this dynamic region… Read more >>

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

Jakarta Attacks Heighten Alert across Southeast Asia,” by Ernest Z. Bower (@BowerCSIS), Thomas Sanderson (@tomsanderson98), and Phuong Nguyen (@PNguyen_DC)
Washington awoke on January 14 to news that a series of explosions and gunfire in the bustling Indonesian capital Jakarta, a city of more than 10 million, left at least seven dead and many more injured. Reports indicate that fighters linked to the terrorist group known as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS)… Read more >>

Time is of the Essence in South China Sea Arbitration Case,” by Ernest Z. Bower (@BowerCSIS) and Conor Cronin (@ConorCroninDC)
The timing of the decision by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague on the Philippines’ case against China’s nine-dash-line claims has critical geopolitical implications for Asia’s security. Specifically, a decision delivered well before the Philippine presidential election this May would allow the administration… Read more >>

Malaysia: Recalibrating its South China Sea Strategy?,” by Elina Noor (@elinanoor)
For a little over a year, between 2013 and the first quarter of 2014, Malaysia’s policy surrounding the South China Sea dispute hit a shroud of confusion. Taken aback by Chinese naval patrols around James Shoal (Beting Serupai in Malay), only 43 nautical miles off the coast of Sarawak State, the government responded with a baffling array of silence… Read more >>

Myanmar’s Old Judiciary a Challenge to the New Era of Governance,” by Aung Din
In February 2016 in Myanmar, the new Union Parliament will begin to exercise legislative power with newly-elected members. Myanmar’s new government will take administrative power in April. The National League for Democracy (NLD) party, led by Aung San Suu Kyi, won a landslide victory in the November 2015 election, so both the new parliament… Read more >>

China’s Strategic Focus on Mainland Southeast Asia,” by Yun Sun
In the Belt and Road initiative China announced in 2013, Southeast Asia is the main region covered under the 21st century Maritime Silk Road project. Mainland Southeast Asia is defined as a key hub for China, especially Yunnan province, to develop an international transportation network to both South and Southeast Asia… Read more >>

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

CogitAsia Podcast: December 18, 2015
CSIS Distinguished Visiting Fellow Andrew Shearer, former Australian national security adviser and previously director of studies at the Lowy Institute, outlines the key strategic choices Australia faces with regards to terrorism threats, balancing ties with China, and reinvigorating its economy… Listen >>

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

India’s Security Interests in Southeast Asia, December 18, 2015
Jonah Blank, senior political scientist at RAND Corporation, and Vikram Singh, vice president for national security and international policy at the Center for American Progress, discuss India’s growing engagement with Southeast Asia… Watch/Listen >>

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

The Banyan Tree Leadership Forum with Malcolm Turnbull, January 18
The CSIS Pacific Partners Initiative is pleased to invite you to a conversation with The Honourable Malcolm Turnbull MP, Prime Minister of Australia. He will discuss Australia’s foreign policy and the opportunities facing the U.S.-Australia relationship in the coming years… Read more >>

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For more on the Chair for Southeast Asia Studies, check out ourwebsite, follow us on Facebook and Twitter, visit our blogCogitAsia, and listen to our podcast at CogitAsia and iTunes. Thank you for your interest in CSIS Southeast Asia and U.S. policy in Southeast Asia. Join the conversation!

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