Southeast Asia in the Twenty-First Century: Issues and Options for US Policy

Southeast Asia in the Twenty-First Century: Issues and Options for US Policy examines current issues and trends in Southeast Asia. The Stanley Foundation believes that a fresh and in-depth look at the region would be useful as post-9/11 US policy toward Southeast Asia has shifted while countries in the region are forging broad new relations with China and India. At the same time, Southeast Asian governments are facing pressure to improve human rights protection and address a host of human security problems. Each of these challenges has strained regional institutions such as the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), while member states consider new roles for such multilateral organizations.

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US Policy in Southeast Asia: Fortifying the Foundation (147KB)
2003-2005

The US has long-term interest in Southeast Asia, but the policy community is not engaging the region effectively. This report—concluding a two-year program on Southeast Asia—addresses policy discrepancies and suggests a more appropriate US path.

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Islam in Southeast Asia: What Should US Policymakers Know?

Sponsored by The Stanley Foundation and The Asia Foundation
November 18-19, 2004
The Asia Foundation, San Francisco, CA

The war against terrorism has encouraged a monolithic view of Muslims in US foreign policy that is based on the "Arab street." As they craft policies toward Southeast Asian countries with significant Muslim populations, US policymakers are poorly served by this image and its attendant assumptions. Islam in Southeast Asia is, on the one hand, distinct from other regional strains and, on the other, a part of an increasingly globalized religion. This conference will examine Southeast Asian Islam in its own right and consider a number of issues. How has Islam influenced social change in Southeast Asia? What role does Islam play in the political systems and political culture of several Southeast Asian countries (Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines)? What are the most important external influences on Islam in the region? Can Southeast Asian Islam offer models to other regions? Is radical Islam on the rise and, if so, why? How should US policymakers tailor policies and programs with Southeast Asian Muslims?

These issues, as well as policy recommendations to address them, will help to define the agenda for the fourth meeting of the Stanley Foundation program on Southeast Asia in the Twenty-First Century.

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