Q&As: Southeast Asia
Understanding India's Evolving Role in Asia through an ASEAN Prism
Michael Kugelman, the Wilson Center’s senior associate for South and Southeast Asia, discusses the key drivers and constraints of India’s foreign policy toward its neighbors, and particularly the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
Air Pollution in Indonesia
Satya Widya Yudha (House of Representatives, Indonesia) discusses the causes and severe costs of air pollution in Indonesia and outlines policy prescriptions for improving emissions outlooks and combatting climate change.
ASEAN Economic Community Prepares for December Launch
In advance of the December 31, 2015, launch of the ASEAN Economic Community by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, Rachel Wagley (NBR) looks at the obstacles to full integration that Southeast Asia still faces.
How to Watch Myanmar's 2015 Elections
Myanmar’s upcoming election in November 2015 will be a bellwether for the government’s willingness to incorporate its entire population into a more meaningful political system. In this NBR commentary, Rachel Wagley analyzes the electoral process, constitutional barriers to democratic governance, and ethnic disenfranchisement.
Myanmar’s Peace Process: Mediating Historic Distrust
Gum San Nsang, president of Kachin Alliance, discusses the current status of negotiations and explains what ethnics groups hope to achieve through the process. He argues that both the Myanmar government and military must commit to substantial institutional and political reforms in order to generate credibility for the difficult peace negotiations. He also makes the case for why a diverse group of international observers should be allowed to witness the ceasefire talks.
The Road Back to Democracy in Thailand
The Thai military government’s consolidation of power and crackdown on political expression are preempting a crucial national dialogue on the country’s approach to democracy. The military government is gambling on the Thai people’s willingness to surrender their basic rights for an undefined political future.
A New Year of Apprehension in Myanmar
Complications over the upcoming general elections, stagnating peace negotiations, widespread land confiscations, and the treatment of ethnic minority groups have reinforced U.S. concerns that 2015 could witness an unraveling of Myanmar’s reform process.
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Indonesian Foreign Policy under Jokowi
Indonesia’s new president Joko Widodo (“Jokowi”) has outlined key foreign policy priorities, including expanding the country’s maritime presence, developing its role within ASEAN, and increasing defense spending. These decisions will affect Indonesia’s relations with its neighbors and the United States in 2015 and beyond.