CSIS Southeast Asia Sit-Rep – Feb 25, 2016

CSIS Southeast Asia Sit-Rep

This issue includes a preview of key developments related to the South China Sea this year, analyses on the path forward for the peace process in southern Philippines and the recent U.S.-ASEAN Special Leaders’ Summit in Sunnylands, 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

A Tumultuous 2016 in the South China Sea ,” by Gregory Poling (@GregPoling)
This promises to be a landmark year for the claimant countries and other interested parties in the South China Sea disputes. Developments that have been under way for several years, especially China’s island-building campaign in the Spratlys and Manila’s arbitration case against Beijing, will come to fruition. These and other developments will draw outside players… Read more >>

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

Seeing the Forest through the SAMs on Woody Island ,” by Michael J. Green, Bonnie Glaser (@BonnieGlaser), and Zack Cooper
The recent deployment of Chinese surface-to-air missiles (SAMs) to Woody Island is a notable tactical development, but a far more significant strategic signal.Tactically, the HQ-9 batteries deployed to Woody Island could target aircraft at ranges up to 125 miles (200 kilometers), covering much of the Paracel Islands, which are also claimed by Vietnam and Taiwan. Such air defenses are a core element… Read more >>

Prospects for the Mindanao Peace Process after Aquino ,” by Norashiqin Toh
President Benigno Aquino’s plan for lasting peace in the southern Philippines came to its long-anticipated end on February 3, as the Philippine Congress adjourned for election season without having passed his legacy peace agreement. The Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), which would have created an autonomous political entity for the ethnic Moro people … Read more >>

Sunnylands & ASEAN’s Common Approach to the South China Sea Disputes ,” by Do Viet Cuong
The unprecedented gathering in Sunnylands – the first hosted by U.S. president Barack Obama with the ASEAN leaders – signals the deepening engagement of the United States with ASEAN, and will further advance the Obama administration’s rebalance to the Asia-Pacific region. ASEAN’s role in the South China Sea (SCS) disputes, among other topics, featured high on the summit agenda as regional maritime security is increasingly … Read more >>

Not Your Average Zhou: China’s Central Bank Governor Finally Speaks,” by Scott Kennedy (@KennedyCSIS)
Zhou Xiaochuan, the urbane governor of China’s central bank for the past 13 years, gave a lengthy interview on Saturday to media outlet Caixin. This represents Zhou’s first public comments on China’s economy in almost five months, the last time being when he attended a meeting of G-20 finance ministers and central bankers in Ankara, Turkey, in September. In the intervening time China’s stock market and currency, the renminbi (RMB), have continued to display… Read more >>

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Recent Programs

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

Statesmen’s Forum: Wang Yi, Minister of Foreign Affairs, People’s Republic of China
Wang Yi, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China, discusses the key tasks of Chinese diplomacy and the current state of U.S.-China relations. Watch/Listen >>

Strengthening EU-U.S. Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific Region 
The EU-U.S. Dialog for the Asia-Pacific Region (EUDAP) initiative at CSIS hosts a half-day conference that explores new ways in which the EU and the U.S. can enhance cooperation in the region, with panels addressing trade and investment and security issues. Watch/Listen >>

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Upcoming Programs

Banyan Tree Leadership Forum with Daniel J. Kritenbrink
The CSIS Chair for Southeast Asia Studies is pleased to invite you to a Banyan Tree Leadership Forum featuring Daniel J. Kritenbrink, senior director for Asian affairs, National Security Council. He will discuss the outcomes of the recent U.S.-ASEAN Special Leaders’ Summit at Sunnylands, California, and President Barack Obama’s upcoming travel to Vietnam in May and Laos in September. Register >>

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