CSIS – Southeast Asia Sit-Rep – August 11, 2016

CSIS Southeast Asia SIT-REP

This issue includes an assessment of Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte’s achievements and shortfalls during his first month in office, analysis of Duterte’s first State of the Nation address, 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 Quick but Concerning Start to the Duterte Presidency,” by Conor Cronin (@ConorCroninDC )
Rodrigo Duterte, the newly minted president of the Philippines, was quick out of the gates after taking office in late June. In an executive order on July 24, Duterte established new freedom of information regulations for the executive branch by circumventing Congress, where freedom of information bills have languished for decades. The president made infrastructure a top priority for his administration, pushing road construction projects around the country… Read more >>

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Deconstructing Duterte’s Clamor for Radical Change in the Philippines,” by Victor Andres “Dindo” Manhit
Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte on July 25 delivered his first State of the Nation Address in which he summed up his legislative, projects, and public services priorities to achieve his vision of a people-centered government during his six-year term. In his 90 minute speech, Duterte emphasized his desire to intensify the nationwide anti-drug, anti-crime, and anti-corruption campaign; build peace with the armed communist movement and Moro separatists; and transform the government into a federal-parliamentary system… Read more >>

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

Nora Tyson, Commander of the U.S. Third Fleet
Tyson commanded the combined task force at this year’s Rim of the Pacific Exercise (RIMPAC) — the world’s largest international naval exercise, held biennially in Honolulu, Hawaii. This year’s RIMPAC ran from June 30 to August 4. In the largest iteration of the exercise yet, the U.S. Pacific Fleet under Tyson’s command hosted 26 participating nations from around the Pacific region… Read more >>

Yar Pyae, Chair of the union-level Joint Monitoring Committee for Myanmar’s Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement
Lieutenant General Yar Pyae heads the Myanmar Armed Forces’ Bureau of Special Operations 2, based in Shan State in the country’s northeast. He previously served as the chief of training and judge advocate general of the Myanmar military. He also served as a commander in the Bureau of Special Operations 2 at a time when current commander-in-chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing was the bureau’s head… Read more >>

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