Southeast Asia / SEA

  • Features

    Indo-Pacific Strategy Update

    FORUM Staff The United States has made significant progress in implementing its dynamic strategy to modernize long-standing alliances, strengthen existing and emerging partnerships, and forge innovative networks to address pressing security challenges. The region’s evolving and increasingly complex threats range from growing aggression by the People’s Republic of China (PRC) to nuclear proliferation to potential climate impacts, especially for Nations…

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  • Features

    Common Ground

    Forum Staff The United States and its Allies and Partners are doubling down on efforts to reinforce peace and stability throughout the Indo-Pacific. Collective measures for ensuring a Free and Open Indo-Pacific include investing in secure and resilient technology ecosystems that enhance shared values. The U.S. also continues supporting its Allies and Partners’ defense and security capabilities to bolster regional…

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  • Across The Region

    Australia, Philippines Upgrade Strategic Ties

    Australia and the Philippines agreed in September 2023 to hold annual defense ministers’ meetings as the nations upgraded bilateral ties to a strategic partnership amid rising security challenges in the region, including in the South China Sea. Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese signed a strategic partnership agreement with Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. during his trip to Manila, the first…

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  • Climate

    The Coming Storm

    MAJ. AFUA O. BOAHEMA-LEE/U.S. ARMY  |  Photos by AFP/GETTY IMAGES Southeast Asia has recorded rising average temperatures since 1960. With climate change effects becoming more pronounced over the last decade, it is now considered one of humanity’s most crucial challenges. Based on data collected over the past two decades, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) included Thailand and Vietnam among countries…

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  • Features

    Mounting a Biodefense

    Dr. Deon Canyon and Dr. Benjamin Ryan Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies Emergent infectious diseases are a constant threat to global health security. Southeast Asian countries are particularly vulnerable to infectious diseases due to their location, population density, rapid urbanization, increased development in wildlife areas and overwhelmed resources. In recent years, the Indo-Pacific has experienced outbreaks of…

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  • Features

    Shared Vision

    FORUM Staff Deterring war is the main reason to prepare for war, Gen. Romeo Brawner, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief of staff, told FORUM on the sidelines of the May 2023 Land Forces Pacific (LANPAC) Symposium & Exposition in Hawaii. Multilateral training and exercises are gaining headway with widespread acceptance among like-minded militaries throughout the Indo-Pacific, Brawner said…

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  • Climate

    Scientists Identify 380 More Species in Mekong Region

    Radio Free Asia An aggressive color-changing lizard, a venomous snake named after a goddess in Chinese mythology and a camouflaging green frog found only in the forested limestone mountains of northeastern Vietnam were among the hundreds of plant and animal species discovered in the Mekong River region in the past two years, researchers announced in May 2023. Hundreds of scientists…

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  • Features

    Unified Resolve

    FORUM Staff With the practiced steps of a choreographer, Australian Army Col. Ben McLennan traversed northeast Queensland, careful not to crush the enemy at his heels. Striding across an 8-by-16-meter map dotted with red and blue plastic models of tanks, warships, aircraft and troops, McLennan outlined the unfolding maneuvers of Talisman Sabre to Warrant Officer Ken Robertson, the senior enlisted…

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  • Features

    Unifying efforts Against The Military Junta

    Lt. Col. (Ret.) Dr. Miemie Winn Byrd/Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies Two years after seizing power in a coup, the Myanmar military is on the verge of collapse. Coup plotters have failed to gain control of the country since they overthrew its democratically elected government and detained its leader, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, and other high-ranking…

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  • Free and Open Indo-Pacific/FOIP

    PRC still dragging its feet on South China Sea code of conduct

    FORUM Staff A decadeslong effort to craft a South China Sea code of conduct (COC) between the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the People’s Republic of China (PRC) took an incremental step forward in July 2023. Observers, however, say the PRC remains intractable. The latest agreement sets guidelines to accelerate negotiations on a COC, ASEAN foreign ministers said,…

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