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Southeast Asia: Issues in Focus

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After looking last week at the broader issues affecting Southeast Asia, this week we look at a handful of specific problems – i.e., the possible impact of Indonesia’s 2014 presidential election on its strategic ambitions; the maritime and territorial disputes still plaguing the South China Sea; the rising concerns about nuclear security and proliferation among Southeast Asian states; and the prospects for increased energy security cooperation in the region. Finally, we look at the deteriorating security situation in the South China Sea and what it might mean for the future.

Indonesia's Grand Strategy

08 Jul 2013 / Special Feature

Indonesia’s foreign policy will both shape and be shaped by its next presidential election in 2014. Today, the CFR’s Josh Kurlantzick and ex-Foreign Minister Hassan Wirajudawe help us explore the interplay between the country’s politics and its strategic ambitions. More on «Indonesia's Grand Strategy»

The South China Sea and Regional Order

05 Dec 2012 / Video

The South China Sea's territorial and maritime disputes are more intense than ever. Today, the IISS’s Christian Le Miere profiles these disputes and explores the negative impacts they might have on trade, energy supplies and the region’s overall balance of power. More on «The South China Sea and Regional Order»

ASEAN’s WMD Scorecard

May 2012 / Publication

With several Southeast Asian nations set to invest in nuclear power programs, is WMD proliferation around the corner? As the CSIS Pacific Forum’s David Santoro admits, he’s worried about the region’s commitment to current nonproliferation agreements, instruments or processes. More on «ASEAN’s WMD Scorecard»

Energy Cooperation in the South China Sea

11 Jul 2013 / Article

Does China covet the disputed energy reserves of the South China Sea? Only for their symbolic value, argues the CSS’s Jonas Grätz. The disputes over ownership and access enable Beijing to whip up nationalist sentiments and to promote its broader geostrategic interests. More on «Energy Cooperation in the South China Sea»

Southeast Asia’s Future

12 Jul 2013 / Special Feature

Despite the deteriorating security situation in the South China Sea, there are reasons for optimism about the future of Southeast Asia (SEA). The participants at the 2013 World Economic Forum on East Asia, for example, were cautiously bullish on ASEAN, while Rory Medcalf expects Australia to intertwine its future with SEA in positive ways. More on «Southeast Asia’s Future»

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