Fifth Round of TPP Negotiations Open in Auckland

By Ernie Bower, Senior Adviser and Director of the Southeast Asia Program, CSIS With a KORUS deal like wind in their sails, teams from the nine countries negotiating the Transpacific Partnership (TPP) kicked off their fifth round on Sunday in…

Will Political Capital Be Spent on Trade?

By Ernie Bower, Senior Adviser and Director, Southeast Asia Program, CSIS As President Obama left Seoul last month without a U.S.-Korea trade agreement (KORUS) in hand, a proverbial sigh could be heard emanating from leaders of Asian countries. They share…

CSIS Launches U.S.-ASEAN Strategy Commission

Earlier this month, CSIS launched the U.S-ASEAN Strategy Commission, with a mandate to provide recommendations for a long-term U.S. strategy for Southeast Asia. The Commission Chairmen, Maurice “Hank” Greenberg, Chairman of the C.V. Starr Company, and Secretary William S. Cohen, former…

ASEAN and the Heat of Hot Money

By Chayut “Peko” Setboonsarng, Intern Scholar, Southeast Asia Program, CSIS In October, Dr. Prasan Traiatvoraku, the Thai Central Bank governor, expressed his concern over competitive devaluation between the United States and China, given what it could mean for ASEAN countries.…

Ernie Bower Interviews Vietnamese Ambassador Le Cong Phung

[blip.tv http://blip.tv/play/hYpBgo32CwI]  Vietnam’s Ambassador to the U.S., His Excellency Le Cong Phung, talks about Vietnam’s commitment to become a full member of the Trans Pacific Partnership trade negotiations, Vietnam’s leadership of ASEAN as Chairman in 2010, and why Vietnam pushed…