Stories of the Day, Panetta in Cambodia Edition

The AP says: Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Friday that the U.S. would participate in three Southeast Asian military exercises next year. Panetta was in Cambodia for talks with his counterparts from 10 Southeast Asian nations in advance of President Barack Obama’s visit next week. The defense chief said the exercises will be a humanitarian […]

Story of the Day, U.S.-Asean Relations Edition

Following my post yesterday about President Obama’s upcoming Southeast Asia visit this weekend, I wanted share another story on U.S. engagement with the region. The Wall Street Journal reports today that U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta “has ordered the Joint Chiefs of Staff to review military ethics training in the wake of a series of […]

President Obama to Visit Thailand, Myanmar, and Cambodia

I wanted to point out a few stories ahead of President Obama’s upcoming Southeast Asia trip. Obama will be Thailand, Myanmar (Burma), and Cambodia from Saturday November 17 through Tuesday November 20. The U.S. Embassy in Bangkok provides details on Obama’s itinerary: In Thailand, he will meet with Prime Minister Yingluck to mark 180 years […]

Thitinan Pongsudhirak on the ASEAN Cambodia Meeting

Thitinan Pongsudhirak has in an op-ed in today’s Bangkok Post about the recent ASEAN meeting in Cambodia. He says: The post-mortems of the failure by Asean to agree on a hitherto routine joint statement after their 45th Ministerial Meeting are coming in thick and heavy. Recriminations and acrimony are crisscrossing the region, the shockwaves being […]

WSJ on what the U.S.-Taiwan jet deal could mean for the S. China Sea dispute

An interesting story in today’s Wall Street Journal looks at what the U.S.-Taiwan jet issue means for the South China Sea dispute and China’s relations with Southeast Asian nations: The Philippines and Indonesia shook off any concerns over a U.S. decision to forego selling new fighter jets to Taiwan, despite fears it could signal a […]

A World Cup in Southeast Asia?

The Bangkok Post has this short item: The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) country members are ready to jointly bid to host the Fifa World Cup in the next 13 years, Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said at the 15th Asean Summit on Sunday. And here’s more from the Jakarta Globe: Hua Hin, Thailan. Southeast […]

ASEAN summit kicks off in Thailand

BBC: “Asean opens with economic agenda” The 10-member Association of South East Asian nations (Asean) has started a summit meeting in Thailand. They will discuss how to address the impact of declining global demand on their export-dependent economies. This is the first summit since Asean implemented a charter making it a legal entity more like […]