Through efforts like the Belt and Road Initiative, China finances an increasing number of development projects in South Asia. Some analysts view this venture as an opportunity for states to upgrade infrastructure, while others express caution, warning that these funds come with strings attached and may threaten states’ sovereignty.

In this virtual panel based on a series in South Asian Voices, Stimson’s online policy platform, contributors explore Sri Lankan, Nepalese, Bangladeshi, and Pakistani perspectives on Chinese financing, as well as its impact on the region as a whole.

Join the Stimson Center for a discussion about what to watch for in Myanmar post-election.

The governing National League for Democracy won a stunning victory in Myanmar’s recent election. Supporters claim the NLD’s strong showing represents an endorsement of Aung San Suu Kyi’s leadership. Critics point to flaws in the electoral process, including censorship of NLD opponents and disenfranchisement of Rohingyas and other ethnic minorities. How will the NLD’s mandate affect democratic development and progress in the peace process? How should the incoming Biden administration respond to Myanmar?

Join East Asia Program Co-Director Yun Sun as she leads a one-on-one discussion with Professor David Shambaugh, author of Where Great Powers Meet: America and China in Southeast Asia. They will discuss the book’s comprehensive findings, as well as the future of the relationship as great power competition evolves under new leadership.

As China emerges as an inevitable dominant power within narrative of international relations, its complementary, competitive, and possibly conflicting interactions with the existing superpower will determine the nature of the broader geopolitical environment. In no other region are these interactions more at play than in Southeast Asia.

As the Mekong Basin pitches toward ecological crisis, knowledge of the operations of dams on the Mekong mainstream in China and other parts of the Mekong Basin has been kept inside a black box. The Mekong Dam Monitor is public resource which uses remote sensing and satellite imagery to provide near-real time reporting and data downloads across numerous previously unreported indicators in the Mekong Basin.

This project is a collaborative partnership formed by the Stimson Center’s Southeast Asia Program and Eyes on Earth, Inc. The Mekong Dam Monitor is supported by the Mekong-US Partnership and is hosted on

This is the first event of the International Nuclear Security Forum, a space for a diverse group of international experts to identify, create, and support strategies for reducing nuclear terrorism risks. Hosted by Forum Chair Laura Holgate, Ambassador (ret.), the event will feature Russian nuclear security expert, Dmitry Kovchegin, discussing how Russian nuclear security has evolved over the past decade.

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Past Events

Since the unveiling of the Belt and Road Initiative in 2013, Chinese rail infrastructure development has been crucial to Beijing’s approach to investment in Southeast Asia. In their recent book Rivers of Iron: Railroads and Chinese Power in Southeast Asia, Drs. Lampton, Kuik, and Ho dive into the motivations and implications of this Chinese infrastructure-led development, as well as the varied reactions across Southeast Asia.

Join East Asia Program Co-Director Yun Sun as she leads an in-depth discussion with the authors about their findings and what Chinese infrastructure means for Southeast Asia.

You are invited to the launch of Stimson South Asia’s latest online course, “Deterrence in Southern Asia,” with a panel discussion on rising military and strategic competition across the region. We are excited to welcome experts and “Deterrence in Southern Asia” course lecturers Rabia Akhtar, Chris Clary, Happymon Jacob, and Tong Zhao to discuss and assess the state of deterrence across the U.S.-China-India-Pakistan strategic chain and share their perspectives on crisis stability in this region in the 21st century.

Join us for the launch of the 2020 edition of Taiwan Security Brief. In three policy briefs, the challenges, opportunities, and critical policy choices that Taiwan has faced in 2020 are paired with recommendations for Taiwan and the U.S. to consider in 2021. The three authors will discuss developments in U.S.-Taiwan relations, cross-Strait relations, and Taiwan’s domestic policy response to the pandemic.

Please join the United States-Indonesia Society (USINDO) and the Stimson Center on November 12 for a Joint Open Forum on Indonesia’s evolving relations with the United States and China. Indonesia has been committed to navigate its foundational “free and active” and independent foreign policy through the increasing geopolitical rivalry between the United States and China.

As votes continue to be tallied from Myanmar’s general election on Sunday, Aung Sang Suu Kyi’s ruling party, the NLD, is set to emerge victorious, handing the State Counsellor a second term. Nevertheless, despite this continuation of government, the party still faces many of the domestic and international challenges it has witnessed since coming to power in 2015.

During these pivotal times for Myanmar, join East Asia Program Co-Director Yun Sun, Ambassador U Aung Lynn, Dr. Aung Naing Oo, and Priscilla Clapp in a post-election virtual discussion unpacking the results and what they mean for the future of the peace process, the Rohingya crisis, and Myanmar’s relationship with the world.

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