Sumitro Chair for Southeast Asia Studies

South East Asian Children

The CSIS Sumitro Chair for Southeast Asia Studies is the premier forum for a sustained high-level policy dialogue focusing on Southeast Asia and U.S. interests in the region.


The Chair for Southeast Asia Studies provides policy recommendations and support for U.S.-Southeast Asia relations, and builds political, economic, and people-to-people ties between the United States and Southeast Asian countries.

In this effort, the Chair for Southeast Asia Studies:

  • Raises the level of focus on Southeast Asia through educating, enlightening, and making regional issues and leaders more accessible to a U.S. audience.
  • Broadens the constituency of active and interested parties in the United States that are engaged in the policy dialogue on Southeast Asia.
  • Develops a strong foundation of research-based knowledge to encourage dynamic policy dialogue in support of sound security, economic, human rights, and people-to-people policies toward Southeast Asia.
  • Attracts the world’s most talented and knowledgeable researchers and thinkers to contribute to the CSIS Chair for Southeast Asia Studies.

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