- Southeast Asia from Scott Circle: Crises Might Spare Najib, but Will Hobble Malaysia’s International EngagementNewsletterSep 3, 2015
In one of the biggest demonstrations in Malaysia’s history, tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets of Kuala Lumpur on August 29 and 30 calling, among other things, for Prime Minister Najib Razak to resign for his handling of the economy and alleged scandals at a state investment fund.
- CommentaryBy Kimberly Flowers, Anna Van NiekerkSep 1, 2015
In late July, President Barack Obama visited Ethiopia, where he met with smallholder farmers involved in U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)–led development programs to highlight the impact of his 2010 Feed the Future initiative. The president’s visit acknowledged the significance of U.S.-Ethiopian relations and the depth and sincerity of American engagement.
- Southeast Asia from Scott Circle: Endgame to Myanmar’s Cease-fire Deal Tests President Thein Sein’s ResolveNewsletterBy Phuong NguyenAug 20, 2015
- NewsletterBy Phuong Nguyen and John JuenemannAug 6, 2015
President Benigno Aquino used his final State of the Nation Address on July 27 to cement his legacy of anticorruption efforts and track record of revamping the once-sluggish Philippine economy.
- NewsletterJul 23, 2015
CSIS hosted its fifth annual South China Sea conference on July 21. The event garnered more interest and a considerably larger audience—both in CSIS’s at-capacity conference room and online—than its four predecessors.
- Southeast Asia from Scott Circle: Battle over Myanmar Constitution Caught Washington in its CrossfireNewsletterBy Phuong NguyenJul 9, 2015
Myanmar’s union parliament on June 25 voted to reject five of six major amendments to the 2008, military-drafted constitution, in a decision that has critical implications for Myanmar’s political landscape and puts U.S. policymakers in a delicate position.
- NewsletterJul 2, 2015
Ongoing troubles in the West Papua region, and the unwanted attention they have garnered, are a sore spot for Indonesian authorities. They undermine the larger narrative of an Indonesia finally at peace with itself, consolidating its democracy and putting the ghosts of its past human rights abuses to bed.
- NewsletterJun 25, 2015
At a time when U.S. relations with most countries in Southeast Asia are warming, the United States’ ties with its oldest partner in the region are a critical outlier. Thailand-U.S. relations have been in a deep freeze for the past 13 months since Gen.
- ReportBy Victor Cha, Marie DuMondJun 15, 2015
To commemorate the one-year anniversary of the report by UN Commission of Inquiry on human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, CSIS held an unprecedented gathering of policymakers, opinion leaders, and stakeholders on the topic of North Korean human rights. The gathering aimed to carry forward the momentum created by the commission report and subsequent UN actions.
- CommentaryJun 11, 2015
The beginning of the monsoon rains in the Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea, coupled with the international spotlight on human traffickers in the region, appears to have slowed the flight of Muslim Rohingya from Myanmar in recent weeks.