CSIS Southeast Asia Sit-Rep – July 28:

CSIS Southeast Asia SIT-REP

This issue includes an analysis on U.S. relations with its strategic partner Singapore as the two countries celebrate 50 years of diplomatic relations, a critical look at Vietnam’s efforts to promote startups in its economy, a podcast exploring China’s intelligence services, 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

Singapore-U.S. Relations to Set Pace for Twenty-first Century U.S. Engagement in Southeast Asia,” by Phuong Nguyen (@PNguyen_DC )
Singapore prime minister Lee Hsien Loong will pay an official visit to Washington, complete with a state dinner in his honor hosted by President Barack Obama, on August 1-2. The visit comes as the two countries celebrate the 50th anniversary of their diplomatic relations. Lee will be the first leader from Southeast Asia hosted for a state dinner at the Obama White House, a privilege … Read more >>

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

How to Build a Start-up Hub in Vietnam? Not by Building One,” by Chau Hoang
To catapult Vietnam up the ranks of the world’s leading economies, Hanoi has resolved to turn the country into a “start-up nation” by 2020. The government plans to implement regulatory and financial measures to coax one million businesses, including 5,000 start-ups, into operation within four years. These plans are both encouraging and concerning. On the one hand, they herald Hanoi’s determination to boost the private sector … Read more >>

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The Leaderboard

Two-minute read on the real people that are making news

Aung Lynn, ambassador of Myanmar to the United States
As director-general of the ASEAN Affairs Department in Myanmar’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Aung Lynn has focused his efforts in recent years on promoting U.S.-ASEAN cooperation. During his tenure as ambassador, he is expected to continue to voice support for strengthened U.S.-ASEAN ties and the United States’ overall engagement in Southeast Asia… Read more >>

Joseph R. Donovan, Jr., nominee to be U.S. ambassador to Indonesia
In the wake of Indonesian president Joko Widodo’s visit to the United States in October 2015 and the upgrading of U.S.-Indonesian relations to a strategic partnership, Donovan will head to Jakarta looking to accelerate cooperation in a number of key areas. Indonesia’s signing last year of a memorandum of understanding with the United States on maritime cooperation… Read more >>

CogitAsia Podcast

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

CogitAsia Podcast: July 19, 2016
In this episode we explore how China spies. China’s role in geopolitics continues to expand, yet finding even the basics on China’s organizations responsible for foreign intelligence collection and espionage is a challenge. Jamestown Foundation Fellow Peter Mattis and CSIS Freeman Chair in China Studies Christopher Johnson rundown China’s key civilian and military intelligence services, describe their origin story, and discuss their role in service to the Chinese Communist Party and the state. Listen >>

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For more on the Southeast Asia Program, 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 U.S. policy in Southeast Asia and CSIS Southeast Asia. Join the conversation!

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