A weekly download from the CSIS’s Asia experts on policy and trends in the region.
Myanmar Faces the Future
April 14, 2016
In this episode we discuss the remarkable rise of Aung San Suu Kyi and the National League for Democracy (NLD) in Myanmar, or Burma. Following inauguration on April 1, 2016, the NLD and Aung San Suu Kyi must now address significant internal and external challenges while governing for the first time. Southeast Asia Program scholars Murray Hiebert and Phuong Nguyen analyze Myanmar's political landscape and discuss the economic reforms, domestic tensions, and foreign relations that will shape Myanmar’s future. Hosted by Colm Quinn. Audio edited by Lauren Abuali. Produced by Jeffrey Bean.
Feeding South Asia: Food Security in Bangladesh & India
April 4, 2016
In this episode we explore the challenge of feeding the hungry in South Asia. CSIS Global Food Security Project Director Kimberly Flowers and CSIS Wadhwani Chair Richard Rossow explain how issues of nutrition, markets, government programs, climate change, and technology each play a major role in assessing and addressing food security problems in Bangladesh, India, and greater Asia. Hosted by Colm Quinn. Audio edited by Lauren Abuali. Produced by Jeffrey Bean.
Taiwan Under Tsai's Leadership
February 29, 2016
In this episode we examine Taiwan’s politics and foreign policy following the landslide election of Dr. Tsai Ing-wen, Taiwan’s first female president.
CSIS's China Power Project Director Bonnie Glaser joins to discuss the origin story of the Democratic Progressive Party, explore what the victory means for the future of Taiwan’s economy, and analyze how Tsai’s leadership will affect the island’s complicated diplomatic relationship with mainland China and the United States. Listeners also hear from DPP Secretary General Joseph Wu, PRC Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Dr. Tsai herself. Hosted by Colm Quinn. Audio edited by Lauren Abuali. Produced by Jeffrey Bean.
Tracking the Reinvigorated U.S.-Philippines Alliance
January 29, 2016
In this episode we explore the story of the relationship between the United States and its key ally and partner in Southeast Asia – the Philippines. With a shifting geopolitical environment, the lull in U.S.-Philippines ties following the Cold War has been reinvigorated in recent years. We spoke with Ambassador Philip Goldberg of the U.S. Embassy in Manila, Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. of the Philippines Embassy in Washington, and CSIS Asia Maritime Security Initiative Director Gregory Poling, about the history of the relationship, the importance of a new defense agreement, how Filipinos feel about the alliance, and what pending elections in both countries mean for the alliance. Hosted by Colm Quinn. Audio edited by Lauren Abuali. Produced by Jeffrey Bean.
CogitAsia Podcast: Australia's Future Strategy
December 18, 2015
Description: This week the show explores Australia's future strategy. To do this, we spoke with CSIS Distinguished Visiting Fellow Andrew Shearer, former Australian National Security Advisor and previously the director of studies at the Lowy Institute. Andrew outlines the key strategic choices Australia faces with respect to terrorism, balancing China ties, and reinvigorating its economy. He describes the huge importance of China to Australia in terms of trade and economics, and the defense initiatives Canberra is implementing to address security concerns with Beijing in the Asia-Pacific. In addition, Andrew provides his view on the friction in the Australia-Indonesia political relationship, and discusses the sources of Australia's soft power. Hosted by Colm Quinn. Audio edited by Sam Ellis. Produced by Jeffrey Bean.
CogitAsia Podcast: North Korea's Cyber Ops
December 5, 2015
This week we turn to the topic of North Korea’s cyber capabilities just over a year after the hack against Sony Pictures Entertainment. CSIS Korea Chair Dr. Victor Cha joins to discuss a new study on North Korea’s cyber tactics and how countries can respond. Hosted by Colm Quinn. Audio edited by Sam Ellis. Produced by Jeffrey Bean.
In this week's featured discussion, we turn to China's maritime strategy. CSIS Freeman Chair in China Studies Christopher Johnson gives an overview of how President Xi Jinping has restructured and re-energized various components of the Chinese government and military to pursue its maritime aims. Hosted by Colm Quinn. Audio edited by Sam Ellis. Produced by Jeffrey Bean.
This week we cover the victory of Aung San Suu Kyi's National League of Democracy party in the Myanmar elections with Phuong Nguyen of CSIS Chair for Southeast Studies. Then we turn to the upcoming United Nations Paris Climate Convention, or COP21, and discuss the variety of positions and interests for the countries of the Indo Pacific. Jane Nakano and Michelle Melton of the CSIS Energy and National Security program join to analyze what is at stake for states in the region as the international community attempts to address climate change.
CogitAsia Podcast: Ben Rhodes on Myanmar's Elections
November 6, 2015
This week we hear from U.S. Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes who discussed his recent trip to Myanmar and what the White House is watching for in the November 8 elections with Sumitro Chair for Southeast Asia Studies Ernie Bower. Hosted by Colm Quinn. Audio edited by Sam Ellis. Produced by Jeffrey Bean.
Cogitasia Podcast: South China Sea FON Op & Jokowi's DC Visit
October 31, 2015
This week Bonnie Glaser, Director of CSIS’s China Power Project, joins to analyze the U.S. Navy's recent freedom of navigation operation in the South China Sea and to assess China's reaction. Then Sumitro Chair Ernie Bower discusses Indonesian president Joko 'Jokowi' Widodo's summit meeting with President Obama in Washington, D.C. and what the outcomes mean for U.S.-Indonesia relations. Hosted by Colm Quinn. Audio edited by Sam Ellis. Produced by Jeffrey Bean.