CSIS Southeast Asia Sit-Rep – July 14, 2016

CSIS Southeast Asia SIT-REP

This issue includes an analysis on the threats posed by the Islamic State in Southeast Asia, an explainer on the Permanent Court of Arbitration’s ruling on the Philippines’ case against China, a critical look at the implementation of Indonesia’ Global Maritime Fulcrum vision, 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:

  • Commentaries on ISIS in Southeast Asia
  • CogitAsia articles covering South China Sea, the Philippines, Vietnam, Indonesia, and Cambodia


Commentaries

Deep insight into developments that move the dial

Recalibrating the Islamic State Threat in Southeast Asia,” by Phuong Nguyen (@PNguyen_DC) and Conor Cronin (@ConorCroninDC)
For many Southeast Asian governments, terrorism threats rank among their top security concerns. Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore—no strangers to dealing with violent Islamist threats—have been on heightened alert for the past two years over concern that attacks linked to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militant group could take place in their territories… Read more >>

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CogitAsia

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

Judgment Day: The South China Sea Tribunal Issues Its Ruling,” by Gregory Poling, Michael J. Green, Amy Searight, Murray Hiebert, Bonnie Glaser, and Christopher K. Johnson
Today an arbitral tribunal at the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague issued a long-awaited ruling in Manila’s case against Beijing’s claims in the South China Sea. The five-judge tribunal was established under the compulsory dispute settlement provisions of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), and despite China’s refusal to participate in the proceedings, its ruling is final and legally binding…. Read more >>

Philippines Must “Set the Tone” for Peaceful Resolution of China Dispute,” by Victor Andres Manhit
Now that the Permanent Court of Arbitration has released its decision on the case lodged by the Philippines against China, Manila should immediately set the tone of what is to follow. In the days ahead, the country should continue to advocate that all states, including China, must abide by the terms of the ruling and that all claimants should avoid any activity that could worsen tensions in the region… Read more >>

Political Analyst Slain in Cambodia,” by Abby Seiff (@instupor)
On the morning of July 10, political analyst Kem Ley was gunned down at his local café in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. An analyst and social researcher, Kem Ley was a media mainstay. For foreign newspapers, he provided pithy quotes. For Khmer-language radio, he spoke sonorously for an hour or more at a time about topics of deep political importance. In this way, his voice became familiar to millions of Cambodians across the country… Read more >>

In Debate over Bob Kerrey’s Wartime Role, Vietnam Confronts its Past Demons,” by Chau Hoang
The recent controversy over former senator Bob Kerrey’s chairmanship of the U.S.-sponsored Fulbright University Vietnam (FUV) deserves the attention of those interested in the progress of U.S.-Vietnam relations. The debate transcends the ethical merits of having a soldier who ordered the killing of civilians during the Vietnam War to reveal two crucial developments in Vietnam… Read more >>

Blowing Up Fishing Vessels is Not Enough to Be a Global Maritime Fulcrum,” by Conor Cronin (@ConorCroninDC) and Norashiqin Toh (@norashiqintoh)
Indonesian maritime affairs and fisheries minister Susi Pudjiastuti on June 6 said the government will sink 30 more foreign-flagged vessels caught for illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing in Indonesian waters, the latest casualties in a crackdown started by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo in 2014. As Jokowi attempts to transform Indonesia into a leading maritime nation, blowing up illegal vessels in a war on IUU fishing has been the government’s most public demonstration of strengthened maritime security… Read more >>

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