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Anchored by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Southeast Asia is one of the most dynamic and diverse regions in Asia. It includes Brunei, Cambodia, East Timor, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. Over the past 50 years, Southeast Asian nations have managed to overcome instability and conflict to build a successful multilateral forum that promotes regional cooperation and consensus-building among a highly distinct and internally diverse group of countries.

ASPI’s work on Southeast Asia focuses on policy dialogues and solution-oriented projects and recommendations reports, as well as sharing insights about and perspectives from the region through public events and expert commentary. ASPI conducts projects that aim to enhance the security, prosperity, and sustainability of the region, as well as advance Southeast Asia’s relations with the United States and the rest of the Asia-Pacific. For instance, ASPI’s U.S.-Myanmar Track II dialogue helped inform policymakers in both countries at a time that Myanmar’s government was inching toward reform and opening up to the international community.

Featured Initiatives

Reports

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ASPI paper on future opportunities for U.S.-ASEAN cooperation.
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AidData report analyzing China's public diplomacy and its impact in East Asia.
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In this ASPI issue paper, Debra Eisenman analyzes five critical challenges facing Myanmar in 2018.
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ASPI report on how to strengthen regional institutions in the Asia-Pacific to manage peace and security in increasingly turbulent times.
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In the wake of the recent U.S. withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, this ASPI report makes recommendations to bolster regional economic integration in the Asia-Pacific.
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The latest report from ASPI’s Myanmar Initiative takes stock of progress and challenges in Myanmar’s reform process over the past two years and thinks through ways forward for U.S.-Myanmar relations.
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Through ASPI’s Myanmar Initiative, a group of experts recommended policy measures that the U.S. and other actors could take to advance the establishment of a sustainable democracy in Myanmar.
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An Asia Society task force recommends a practical strategy for how G-20 states can do more to foster economic growth and counter economic nationalism, based on the ideas of experts across Asia.
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Ahead of Myanmar's first elections in 20 years, Asia Society published an update on key developments in the country’s political situation and relationship with the U.S.

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  • ASPI's projects and analysis on Myanmar.

Commentary