The First Weekly Update from CSIS Southeast Asia Program
February 9, 2010
|TO:||Members & Friends of CSIS Southeast Asia Program
|FR:||Ernie Bower | Senior Adviser & Director
CSIS Southeast Asia
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|RE:||Southeast Asia from the Corner of 18th & K – 9 February 2010
I am pleased to provide the first of what will be a weekly update from CSIS Southeast Asia.
As you know, I joined CSIS last November with a commitment to build a sustained, high level policy focus on Southeast Asia in Washington, DC.
That effort is well underway and I want to be sure you are part of it or at least well informed. If you'd prefer not to receive the update, just let us know. For those of you that want to stay in touch and get updates daily and on an ad hoc basis, please join the CSIS Southeast Asia Facebook group and sign on to follow the latest breaking news and insights on Twitter at SoutheastAsiaDC. We put the Facebook page up a couple weeks ago and already have nearly 700 followers!
To date this year, we initiated the Banyan Tree Leadership Series with an inaugural speech by The Hon. Alberto Romulo, Foreign Secretary of the Philippines. Former Deputy Secretary of State and Director of National Intelligence as well as former US Ambassador to the Philippines John Negroponte joined me as our guest commentator on the Secretaries He talked about US-Philippine relations, ASEAN, China's role in the region and his views on regional architecture. He also expressed his strong views on Burma policy. You can view, listen to or download hard copy of his presentation at http://csis.org/event/honorable-alberto-romulo-secretary-foreign-affairs -republic-philippines.
We will be hosting the region's top leaders in the Banyan Tree Leadership Series. The symbolism of the banyan tree is the strength of many standing as one. Our next guest will be His Excellency Gita Wirjawan, Chairman of Indonesia's Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) on February 23, 2010.
Deputy USTR for Asia, The Hon. Demetrios Marantis addressed CSIS in a Statesman's Forum on the eve of his trip to Southeast Asia and talked about US trade priorities in Asia and the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement. The US will join the initial set of TPP negotiations in Australia next month. You can see, hear and read Ambassador Marantis' speech here
I also testified on China's Role in ASEAN and the implications for US interests before the US China Security & Economic Commission in the Senate Dirksen Office Building on February 4. You can review the testimony here
We also invite you to read our commentary on Malaysian politics at the start of the second Anwar Trial http://csis.org/publication/low-note-malaysia-start-anwar-trial-today and CSIS Asia Team's analysis of Secretary of State Clinton's Asian Architecture speech in Honolulu http://csis.org/publication/analysis-secretary-state-clinton%E2%80%99s-asia-architecture-speech.
This morning, ahead of the next snow event, we had the honor to host US Ambassador to Indonesia The Hon. Cameron Hume here at CSIS. He talked about President Obama's visit to Indonesia next month and possible deliverables for that trip. You can view him summarizing his remarks here http://csis.org/program/southeast-asia-program.
Upcoming events include a discussion regarding US ASEAN relations and key ASEAN developments with H.E. Dr. Surin Pitsuwan on February 16, a Banyan Tree Leadership Series speech by H.E. Gita Wirjawan, Chairman of Indonesia's Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) on February 23.
Thank you for your interest in US policy in Southeast Asia and CSIS Southeast Asia. Join the conversation!