Southeast Asia

Grand Strategy in Pivotal Places

Southeast Asia

The Southeast Asia program addresses major challenges facing the region today, ranging from the food-water-energy security nexus in the Mekong Basin to political and economic issues of ASEAN integration. Through a combination of our unique analytical perspective and cooperation with regional partners from all sectors, we strive to offer pragmatic steps forward.


Research and Analysis

September 19, 2016 | EXPERT: Yun Sun

Discussion about a fourth option for the Myitsone dam project has generated great interest in Myanmar and China since late June.

August 10, 2016 | EXPERT: Yun Sun

Contrary to wide-spread speculation, tensions in the South China Sea did not peak after the 

August 10, 2016 | EXPERT: Yun Sun

It is looking increasingly likely that the United Wa State Army (UWSA) and the National Democratic Alliance Army—or “Mongla Group”—will participate in and support the 21st Century Panglong peace conference scheduled for late August.

June 1, 2016 | EXPERT: Alan D. Romberg

President Obama's current trip to East Asia was organized around the G-7 meeting in Japan that is currently underway. But some of the most consequential developments center around his other activities.

April 20, 2016 | EXPERT: Yun Sun

China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi traveled to Myanmar two weeks ago pledging friendship and cooperation between the two countries. Wang met with his Myanmar counterpart, Aung San Suu Kyi, the first visit he’s made since Myanmar’s president was sworn into office.

April 7, 2016 | EXPERT: Yun Sun

Five days after the inauguration of the National League of Democracy (NLD) government, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi visited Myanmar at the invitation of party head Aung San Suu Kyi.  Knowing that the peace process will be a top priority for the new government, China is assumed to have put for

March 11, 2016 | EXPERT: Yun Sun

As the inauguration date of the new Myanmar government draws close, one of the most urgent questions that the incoming National League for Democracy (NLD) administration will have to answer concerns the fate of the suspended Myitsone dam project in Kachin State.

March 11, 2016 | EXPERT: Yuki Tatsumi

On February 29, Japan and the Philippines signed a defense equipment transfer agreement, making th

February 18, 2016 | EXPERT: Yun Sun

Reports have emerged that China has set up a missile launch base on Woody Island, part of an archipelago disputed with Taiwan and Vietnam. This comes just as the US President was wrapping up an ASEAN summit to strengthen ties after the recent Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal.

February 15, 2016 | EXPERT: Richard Cronin

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January 28, 2016 | EXPERT: Brian Eyler

China needs to promote sustainable practices in the Mekong region, rather than simply shifting its carbon footprint downstream. Read the full article here.  

January 8, 2016 | EXPERT: Yun Sun

By China’s standards, 2015 was a year of success in the festering South China Sea debate China’s activities in the South China Sea have created a new status quo in the region, writes Yun Sun.

December 17, 2015 | EXPERT: Yun Sun

The National League for Democracy (NLD), the party of Aung San Suu Kyi, won a landslide electoral victory in Myanmar’s general elections.

December 8, 2015 | EXPERT: Yun Sun

With the National League for Democracy’s (NLD) landslide victory in the general elections in November, China expects a new page in Myanmar’s domestic politics and foreign policy under the new government to be inaugurated at the end of March 2016.

November 18, 2015 | EXPERT: Brian Eyler

It’s somewhat surprising that the South China Sea is not on the agenda of this week’s APEC meeting given a majority of the world’s container trade passes through the disputed area.
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