CSIS – Southeast Asia Sit-Rep – September 8, 2016

CSIS Southeast Asia SIT-REP

This issue features analyses on U.S.-Myanmar relations in coming years in light of State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi’s visit to Washington and U.S.-Laos cooperation on the Agent Orange war legacy as the two countries expand ties; and includes upcoming CSIS events on Myanmar and the Philippines. 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

Cementing a New Normal in U.S.-Myanmar Relations,” by Murray Hiebert (@MurrayHiebert1) and Phuong Nguyen (@PNguyen_DC)
Aung San Suu Kyi’s visit to the United States on September 13-14 as state counselor and de facto leader of Myanmar will be one of the highlights in U.S.-Myanmar relations since the two countries normalized diplomatic ties in 2012, after the military began political reforms. Now that a democratically elected government has taken office, the next five years will allow the two countries to lay the foundation… Read more >>

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

Obama Visit to Laos Offers Opportunity to Address Agent Orange Legacy,” by Jacqui Chagnon
President Barack Obama will become the first sitting U.S. president to visit Laos between September 6-8. He is expected to announce an increase in aid to speed up the cleanup of unexploded ordnance, remnants of the U.S. “secret war” in Laos from 1962 to 1973. Given that Laos holds the record for being the “most heavily bombed country per capita,” this is a positive… Read more >>

U.S. Leadership & the TPP: Good for ASEAN, Good for the United States,” by James Wallar
At the ASEAN Summit and East Asia Summit meetings in Laos from September 6-8 President Obama would be wise to lay out a vision of how other ASEAN member states can join the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and why it would not only be in their interests, but also the interest of ASEAN as a grouping to do so. He should do this even though it is not clear when Congress will ratify… Read more >>

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Upcoming Events

The United States and Myanmar: Next Steps
The CSIS Southeast Asia Program is pleased to present The United States and Myanmar: Next Steps on Tuesday, September 13, 2016. Taking place the day before Aung San Suu Kyi’s historic first visit to Washington as Myanmar’s state counsellor and foreign minister, the conference will explore the country’s ongoing democratic transition and the potential for greater U.S. engagement. CSIS will feature a keynote address from Ben Rhodes, Assistant to the President, and two panels of expert speakers from Myanmar and the United States. Register >>

Philippines CSIS Forum with Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay, Jr.
The CSIS Southeast Asia Program is pleased to invite you for a discussion with Secretary Perfecto Yasay, Jr., Secretary of Foreign Affairs of the Philippines. He will discuss his perspectives on Philippine foreign policy under President Rodrigo Duterte and developments in the Asia-Pacific region. Register >>

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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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