Tuesday Linkage

Information Dissemination, a popular maritime security blog, notes the Russian agreement to help rebuild the port at Cam Ranh Bay in Vietnam, and has some ideas about how this plays into the regional security dynamic and U.S. strategy. We talked…

Kan's TPP Effort Deserves Some Credit

By Nicholas Szechenyi, Deputy Director and Fellow, Japan Chair, CSIS In an address to the Diet on October 1 Prime Minister Naoto Kan called for an “active foreign policy” and urged his fellow citizens to “be bold enough to open…

Heart but No Seoul

By Ernie Bower, Senior Adviser & Director, Southeast Asia Program, CSIS The Obama Administration deserves highest marks for reinvigorating the U.S. focus on Asia. Trips by the President and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have been well prepared and executed,…

Obama's Address to Indonesia– not the Islamic World

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kacZTEEZkNI&w=590&h=356] By Aaron L. Connelly President Obama’s address at the University of Indonesia was enthusiastically received by the crowd of nearly 7,000 there. Friends in the audience told me the feeling was reminiscent of a rock concert rather than a…

Burma’s Non-Election: A Sham, with Clues to the Future

Sunrise in Yangon By Ernie Bower, CSIS Senior Adviser and Director, Southeast Asia Program Lex Rieffel’s post last week on Brookings’ website, “Looking Ahead From Burma’s November 7 Election,” does an excellent job of laying out the current realities of…

A Friend Indeed: New Zealand

A Royal New Zealand Air Force P3K Orion in Antarctica, January 2006 By Peko Setboonsarng, Research Intern, CSIS Southeast Asia Program As anti-tax deficit hawks from the Tea-Party influenced Republican party tussle over office space on Capitol Hill, the United…

Moving Ahead: The Wellington Declaration

By Ernie Bower, Senior Adviser & Director CSIS Southeast Asia Program Well done!  Hillary Clinton and her New Zealand counterpart Murray McCully proclaimed the Wellington Declaration today in the Kiwi capital.  Mustering courage reminiscent of King Charles I when he…

Obama in Asia: Economic and Trade Priorities

By Charles W. Freeman III, who holds the Freeman Chair in China Studies at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C. President Barack Obama’s upcoming trip to India, Indonesia, South Korea, and Japan follows similar whirlwind Asia trips…