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

Join the Stimson Center and the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) Monitor for a discussion about transparency in the global arms trade, featuring insights from the 2020 ATT Monitor Annual Report. The event will launch a new Stimson analysis, “Reporting During a Pandemic: Reflections on the Arms Trade Treaty 2019 Annual Reports.”

Contrary to the perception that Southeast Asia is a mere recipient of the Chinese attempt to dominate the region, countries in the region have developed diverse strategies to cope with China’s growing influence. This discussion seeks to explore the origins, methods, and success of different Southeast Asian countries’ counterstrategy to China, as well as the role of the United States.

This edited volume sheds new light on US interventions in Southeast Asia after World War II, including US bombings in Laos and Cambodia. Please join us on October 28 for a discussion with Noam Chomsky, Elaine Russell, Channapha Khamvongsa, and Ngo Vinh Long and chapter authors about the way that this history continues to shape the lives of people in Southeast Asia today.

Armed drones continue to proliferate, and States remain largely silent on their legal justifications guiding targeted drone strikes. Without bold leadership and multilateral collaboration, the global community remains at risk of unchecked proliferation and irresponsible use and export of drones.

In this webinar, experts will discuss current trends, initiatives, and opportunities that could be undertaken in a multilateral and collaborative process to build meaningful standards on the proliferation and use of armed drones.

Changing regional dynamics and new realities in Philippine domestic politics over the past four years have posed challenges to policy makers in both Washington and Manila.

Duterte previously declared his intention to abrogate the Visiting Forces Agreement that authorized US military personnel to train with the Armed Forces of the Philippines and a key element of the bilateral security relationship. Termination has now been suspended, and last month during his UNGA speech Duterte articulated a more forceful defense of the Philippine position on the South China Sea dispute.

With less than two years left in his term, where is President Duterte taking Philippine policy? Are we seeing hints of “rebalance” in Duterte’s “equi-balanced” foreign policy approach toward the U.S., China, and other major players? What is the U.S. strategy to sustain its relationship with the Philippines?

This event is co-hosted with the US – Philippines Society.

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