CSIS Southeast Asia Sit-Rep – Jan 28

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CSIS Southeast Asia SIT-REP

This issue brings you a preview of China’s relations with Southeast Asia in the year ahead, analysis of Australia’s increasingly vital role on global issues, a video overview of the U.S. rebalance to the Asia Pacific, assessments of the Philippines’ military modernization and Indonesia’s counterterrorism measures, 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

For China, a Race to Retain Appeal in Southeast Asia,” by Phuong Nguyen (@PNguyen_DC)
The landslide election in Taiwan of pro-independence opposition leader Tsai Ing-wen to be president has led to speculation of a possible recalibration in Chinese foreign policy, at least in the year ahead. Observers believe that stable cross-strait relations over the past eight years… Read more >>

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

Nowhere Is a Long Way from Australia in 2016,” by Michael Sheldrick (@MickSheldrick )
If nothing else, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s visit to the United States in mid-January — his first as Prime Minister — served to highlight a simple fact: Australia matters. In 2016 the world’s most powerful country is taking notice of what Australia has to say about the great challenges facing humanity. Australians should not be surprised that the great powers are interested in what we have to say. We boast the 13th largest economy in the world… Read more >>

Video: An Overview of the Asia Rebalance & Analysis
The CSIS Asia Program and International Security Program have completed an extensive study of the U.S. rebalance to Asia as part of the National Defense Authorization Act. Watch this short video providing an overview of what the rebalance is and why it matters… Read more >>

EDCA Refocus: Eyes on the AFP’s Modernization Program,” by Victor Andres “Dindo” Manhit & Angelica Mangahas
On January 12, the Philippine Supreme Court ruled that the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) between the Philippines and the United States is an executive agreement that does not require Senate approval. With the ruling in hand, the Philippines and the United States governments can begin in earnest to implement the 2014 deal… Read more >>

Indonesia Should Prudently Weigh New Counter-terrorism Policy & Laws,” by Zachary Abuza (@ZachAbuza )
The dust had not even settled in Jakarta, after a barricade-style attack on a Starbucks on January 14, left eight dead and 26 wounded, before top Indonesian security officials called for the passage of laws to enhance policing powers, allow for preventative detention and criminalize overseas jihadis. Indonesian security forces have done a very good job dismantling terrorist networks since the 2002 Bali bombing… Read more >>

CSIS Commemorates 20th Anniversary of U.S.-Vietnam Relations
CSIS and the Center for Strategic Studies and International Development (CSSD) co-hosted a unique event on January 14, 2016, in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, titled 20 Years of U.S.-Vietnam Relations in Perspective. The conference recognized the 20th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the United States of America and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam in 1995. Speakers from the public and private sectors in both Vietnam and the United States… Read more >>

Revving up the Rebalance to Asia,” by Kathleen Hicks (@kath_hicks ) & Michael J. Green
The events of this month have reminded Americans that Asia is a region of both great opportunity and significant risk. In just the first two weeks of the year, North Korea conducted its fourth nuclear test, China began flying aircraft to airfields constructed on disputed features in the South China Sea, and Taiwan’s opposition candidate surged towards a victory… Read more >>

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CogitAsia Podcast

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

CogitAsia Podcast: January 28
In this episode, we explore the history and future of the U.S.-Philippines relationship. U.S. ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg and Philippine ambassador to the United States Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. join to discuss the significance of the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement signed between the two countries in April and the outlook of the U.S.-Philippine alliance amid regional challenges. Listen >>

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Recent Programs

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

Strategic Opportunities in the Indo-Asia-Pacific with Admiral Harry B. Harris, January 27
Adm. Harry B. Harris, Commander of the U.S. Pacific Command, speaks at the CSIS Military Strategy Forum on opportunities for the U.S. military in the Indo-Asia-Pacific, and offered his assessment on the most pressing regional security challenges facing the United States. Watch/Listen >>

Asia-Pacific Rebalance 2025: Capabilities, Presence and Partnerships, January 20
CSIS was tasked by the U.S. Congress in the National Defense Authorization Act of 2015 with conducting an independent assessment of the Asia-Pacific rebalance first announced by President Obama in 2011. The CSIS Asia Program and the International Security Program present the findings of this report and host a discussion on the importance of this vital region to U.S. national security.Watch/Listen >>

The Banyan Tree Leadership Forum with Malcolm Turnbull, January 18
Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull discusses Australia’s foreign policy and the opportunities facing the U.S.-Australia relationship in the coming years, hosted by the CSIS Pacific Partners Initiative. Watch/Listen >>

Upcoming Programs

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

U.S. Economic Statecraft and the Global Order, January 29
Dr. Lawrence H. Summers, former treasury secretary and president emeritus, Harvard University, will speak at the CSIS Economic Statecraft Speaker Series on the strategic role of economics in foreign policy. Read more >>

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For more on the Chair for Southeast Asia Studies, check out our website, follow us on Facebook and Twitter, visit our blog CogitAsia, 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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