In this episode we discuss the challenges in balancing the U.S.-Thai security relationship with continued concerns over the Thai military's intervention in domestic politics following the May 2014 coup. Desmond Walton, the U.S. military attache to Bangkok from 2012 until 2015 and former NSC director for Southeast Asia, joins to provide his perspective on the strategic importance of a stable U.S.-Thai relationship. Hosted by Colm Quinn. Audio edited by Samuel Ellis. Produced by Jeffrey Bean.
Myanmar's Malaria Challenge
August 8, 2015
This week we cover the challenges that Myanmar faces maintaining public health and fighting disease, specifically malaria. In this segment you’ll hear briefly from CSIS’s Dr. Stephen Morrison, and then Myanmar’s Deputy Minister of Health, Ms.Thein Thein Htay, then Mr. Eh Kalu Shwe Oo, Director of Kayin State’s Department of Health and Welfare, and lastly the National League for Democracy’s senior health advisor to Aung San Suu Kyi, Dr. Tin Myo Win as they describe the efforts to eliminate the tropical disease given the numerous ethnic groups, several conflict zones, and low government capacity in Myanmar. Hosted by Colm Quinn. Audio edited by Madeleine Schafer. Produced by Jeffrey Bean.
Audio: China's Communist Party Ups Its Game
July 30, 2015
This week we turn to Chinese politics. In a new article for Foreign Affairs, CSIS Freeman Chair in China Studies scholars Christopher Johnson and Scott Kennedy argue that Xi Jinping has reasserted and expanded the role of the Chinese Communist Party in governing China. Chris Johnson joins the podcast to explain how the party has begun to supplant the institutions of the state for formulating and even implementing policy. Hosted by Colm Quinn. Audio edited by Sam Ellis. Produced by Jeffrey Bean.
Audio: Prospects for the Philippines
July 24, 2015
On the podcast this week we take a broader look at developments in the Philippines. Sumitro Chair Fellow Gregory Poling joins to discuss the candidates for next year's election and what challenges Manila faces in ensuring both economic growth and continued security. Hosted by Colm Quinn. Audio edited by Sam Ellis. Produced by Jeffrey Bean.
Audio: Future of U.S.-Vietnam Relations
July 18, 2015
Following General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Nguyen Phu Trong's historic visit to Washington, Sumitro Chair Senior Fellow Murray Hiebert sat down with Colm Quinn to discuss the future of U.S.-Vietnam relations and what factors will shape ties between the two countries going forward. Hosted by Colm Quinn. Audio edited by Sam Ellis. Produced by Jeffrey Bean.
CSIS Sumitro Chair Senior Fellow Murray Hiebert talks with Deborah Elms, Executive Director of the Asia Trade Center in Singapore about the status of the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the future of trade integration in the Asia Pacific. Then CSIS Sumitro Chair Ernie Bower asks Tim Rieser, a professional clerk with the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs, how the U.S. Congress has funded a unique humanitarian program to help Vietnamese people affected by the use of toxins in Agent Orange during the Vietnam War, which has helped build trust in the U.S.-Vietnam relationship. Hosted by Colm Quinn. Audio edited by Sam Ellis. Produced by Jeffrey Bean.
S&ED Preview & Korea's MERS Response
June 19, 2015
CSIS Freeman Chair in China Studies Christopher Johnson joins to take stock of the U.S.-China relationship and previews what to expect at the bi-lateral Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED) on June 23-24. Then we turn to Dr. Daniel Lucey, leading public health expert from Georgetown University Medical Center, to discuss South Korea's response to the outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). Hosted by Colm Quinn. Audio edited by Sam Ellis. Produced by Jeffrey Bean.
U.S.-India Defense Ties
June 11, 2015
On this week's podcast, CSIS Wadhwani Chair Richard Rossow joins to assess Secretary of Defense Ash Carter's visit to Delhi and explains what the renewed defense framework agreement means for the future of U.S.-India military ties. We also review the region’s news and share our one to watch. Hosted by Colm Quinn. Audio edited by Sam Ellis. Produced by Jeffrey Bean.
Audio: Shangri-La Dialogue 2015
June 4, 2015
This week we review Asia's annual informal meeting on security issues, the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore. CSIS Senior Adviser for Asia Bonnie Glaser attended the dialogue and sat down with Colm afterwards to share her take on the themes of the event this year and to analyze U.S. and Chinese messaging on the South China Sea. We also cover the region's news and share our one to watch. Hosted by Colm Quinn. Audio edited by Sam Ellis. Produced by Jeffrey Bean.
Audio: Assessing Xi Jinping's Economic Reforms
May 29, 2015
Here at CSIS we continue to track the progress of Chinese president Xi Jinping’s economic reform efforts alongside the Communist Party's ongoing anti-corruption drive. Recently, Freeman Chair in China Studies Chris Johnson hosted a wide-ranging conversation on the progress and contradictions of the reform process with two prominent China-watching economists, Barry Naughton of the University of California San Diego and Tom Orlik of Bloomberg during a China Reality Check forum. We also review the region’s news and share our one to watch. Hosted by Colm Quinn. Audio edited by Sam Ellis. Produced by Jeffrey Bean.