There is a compelling case to be made that over the last several years, we have witnessed the front end of an “ASEAN spring.” Citizens and voters across Southeast Asia have told their governments about their new and rising expectations for empowerment, governance, and rule of law.
U.S. secretary of state John Kerry will visit Bandar Seri Begawan, the capital of Brunei Darussalam, to attend the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) on July 2. He will meet with counterparts from the 26 other member states and the European Union, and consult directly with his 10 ASEAN counterparts. The U.S.
Now that We Understand Each Other, Time to Get to Work
By Christopher K. Johnson
Twenty years ago, India launched its “Look East” policy. For most of those 20 years, Myanmar’s isolation, mistrust between India and its neighbors, and poor infrastructure connectivity hindered the development of links between South and Southeast Asia.
This year’s U.S.-India Strategic Dialogue will be held in New Delhi on June 24, and will be led by Secretary of State John Kerry and External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid of India.
President Obama’s forthcoming trip to Africa offers an opportunity to reenergize U.S. engagement on a continent where economic opportunities are rising, tough security challenges endure, and relative U.S. influence is waning.
On June 6, protests broke out in São Paulo, Brazil, in response to the increase of the bus fare from R$3 to R$3.20. Since then, the protests have grown, with more than 250,000 people participating in coordinated protests in Brazil’s major cities. Meanwhile, Brazilians abroad are staging demonstrations in London, Dublin, New York City, Berlin, and Montreal.
Attention will soon be focused on the Fourth U.S. – India Strategic Dialogue, to be held on June 24 in New Delhi. It will be the first meeting between Secretary of State John Kerry and External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid. It comes at a time when many close observers of the U.S. – India relationship – in both countries – believe that a fresh impulse to our bilateral ties is needed.
The CSIS Sumitro Chair for Southeast Asia Studies hosted its third annual conference on the South China Sea disputes on June 5-6.
Nearly four years after he and fellow leaders declared the G20 “the premier forum for our international economic cooperation,” why is President Obama joining a clutch of mainly European counterparts in Northern Ireland this month for a G8 Summit?