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.

To assess these trends, as well as US policy responses to them, the foundation has assembled a working group of Southeast Asia experts from the academic, think tank, governmental, nongovernmental, and business communities.

Projects include US Security Relations with Southeast Asia: A Dual Challenge, US Human Rights Policy in Southeast Asia: New Issues for a New Era, Regionalism in Southeast Asia and US Policy, and Moderate Islam in Southeast Asia and the War Against Terrorism.