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

October 20, 2015 | EXPERT: Yun Sun

Recognising the problems in its previous policy toward Myanmar under its military government, over the past three years China has enhanced its public diplomacy efforts in Myanmar, improved the behaviours and local outreach of its companies and diversified ties with different political forces.

October 15, 2015 | EXPERT: Yun Sun

Yun Sun, Senior Associate at the Henry L.

October 9, 2015 | EXPERT: Courtney Weatherby , EXPERT: Richard Cronin

This issue brief - the second in Stimson's "Letters from the Mekong" series - examines the current status of mitigation efforts at Laos' Xayaburi and Don Sahong dam projects and the relevance of the existing narrative surrounding hydropower development on the river's mainstream.

September 17, 2015 | EXPERT: Brian Eyler

The Obama administration has once again named Myanmar and Laos to its list of twenty-two countries determined to be major drug trafficking countries or major drug transit countries.

September 8, 2015 | EXPERT: Courtney Weatherby

August 13 dawned in Myanmar with the news that Shwe Mann - chairman of the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) and Speaker of Myanmar's Parliament - had been unexpectedly removed from his party leadership position.

July 25, 2015 | EXPERT: Yun Sun

On Wednesday, the news that Burma had sentenced 153 illegal loggers from China to life imprisonment was splashed across Chinese media.

July 1, 2015 | EXPERT: Richard Cronin

Senior Associate Richard Cronin discuses Stimson’s work in the Lower Mekong Basin in Southeast Asia. There are highly contested plans over the construction of up to eleven hydropower dams on the lower half of Mekong River.

June 18, 2015 | EXPERT: Brian Eyler

The Stimson Center announced today the appointment of Brian Eyler as Deputy Director for Stimson's Southeast Asia program.

June 1, 2015 | EXPERT: Courtney Weatherby , EXPERT: Richard Cronin

Debates over whether sovereignty trumps moral responsibility towards refugees has taken on new urgency in Southeast Asia, as Thailand’s crackdown on human trafficking pushes traffickers to reroute thousands of migrants and refugees out to sea.

May 4, 2015 | EXPERT: Yun Sun

Last week, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) issued one of its strongest statements yet on China’s land reclamation in the South China Sea, saying Beijing’s actions h

April 17, 2015 | EXPERT: Brian Eyler

China’s ‘new silk roads’ will have huge environmental consequences in Asia and Africa as giant infrastructure projects open up remote areas and build links reaching as far as Europe

March 25, 2015 | EXPERT: Richard Cronin

Last year, Laos announced it would go ahead with the second of two massive, controversial dams on the Lower Mekong River, over the strong objections of its downstream neighbors, Vietnam and Cambodia.

March 18, 2015 | EXPERT: Yun Sun

On Mar. 13, a Myanmar warplane reportedly dropped a bomb in the Lincang county of Yunnan Province, killing four Chinese civilians.

March 12, 2015 | EXPERT: Courtney Weatherby

Courtney Weatherby, Research Associate, along with Richard Cronin, Director of the Southeast Asia program, were recently given rare access to dams being built in Laos to examine their potential impact on food security in the region.

February 28, 2015 | EXPERT: Yun Sun

One week before the Chinese New Year, the former leader of the ethnic Kokang National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA), Peng Jiasheng, launched ferocious attacks on the government military in Kokang.
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