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ASEAN-U.S. Relations

What Are the Talking Points?

Pavin Chachavalpongpun

Publication Year: 2011

This book entitled ASEAN-U.S. Relations: What Are the Talking Points? is a result of a workshop organized by the ASEAN Studies Centre of the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies. The workshop was timely then, as the two sides, all of ASEAN, and the United States held their first-ever summit in Singapore in November 2009, heralding a new era of renewed engagement. The United States is very important for ASEAN, as a guarantor of regional stability and a vast market for ASEAN products. At the s... This book entitled ASEAN-U.S. Relations: What Are the Talking Points? is a result of a workshop organized by the ASEAN Studies Centre of the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies. The workshop was timely then, as the two sides, all of ASEAN, and the United States held their first-ever summit in Singapore in November 2009, heralding a new era of renewed engagement. The United States is very important for ASEAN, as a guarantor of regional stability and a vast market for ASEAN products. At the same time, ASEAN has gained more public attention from the United States, particularly since the advent of the Obama administration. This publication will serve as a reminder that ASEAN and the United States have shared many benefits as well as concerns for many years. Their continued engagement will undoubtedly ensure regional peace and order. I highly recommend this book to those who are interested in ASEAN’s external relations." -- Professor Charnvit Kasetsiri, Former Rector of Thammasat University and Visiting Professorial Fellow, ISEAS "Much has been made in the last few years of Washington's 're-engagement' with ASEAN, warmer ties with several Southeast Asian states, and the review of U.S. policy towards Myanmar. What explains this change and where are U.S.-ASEAN ties headed in the future? This timely collection of short essays and speeches by eleven leading academics and senior officials provides valuable background to what it calls a 'new era' in U.S. policy and thoughtfully explores where future challenges and opportunities might lie. The chapters are practically focused and forward looking, offering critical perspectives as well as policy recommendations. Covering security issues, aid, Myanmar, the South China Sea, and the evolving U.S. role in regional institutions, ASEAN-U.S. Relations: What Are the Talking Points? will be essential reading for anyone wanting to understand the changing dynamics of American policy in Southeast Asia." -- Dr David Capie, Senior Lecturer in International Relations, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

Published by: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies

Title Page, Copyright

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Contents

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pp. v-vi

List of Tables and Figures

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pp. vii-viii

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Preface

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pp. ix-xii

This book is the result of a workshop of the ASEAN Studies Centre (ASC) held in July 2010. The primary objective is to raise important “talking points” in ASEAN-U.S. relations, in the hope that the workshop would produce a set of recommendations on how to improve their intricate ties. ...

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Contributors

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pp. xiii-xiv

Collin Koh Swee Lean is Associate Research Fellow at the Military Studies Program, Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies in the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. ...

List of Abbreviations

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pp. xv-xvii

Overview

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1. U.S. Engagement with ASEAN

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pp. 3-5

The objective of this publication and of the workshop on which it is based is to illuminate the facts of those relations and the specific matter of the United States’ engagement with ASEAN and East Asia, for possible use by ASEAN in discussions at the subsequent ASEAN-U.S. Summit Meeting and at other ASEAN-U.S. policy forums. ...

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2. ASEAN-U.S. Relations

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pp. 6-9

ASEAN has come a long way since its inception, and even since I was last working in Malaysia in the early 1990s. ASEAN has taken on an increasingly broad role in a wide array of regional and global issues, and the United States is determined to support ASEAN in its endeavours. ...

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3. Developments in ASEAN-U.S. Relations

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pp. 10-16

At this stage in ASEAN–United States relations, we should thoroughly explore ways to expand those relations, which have been given a renewed impetus under the administration of President Barack Obama. We should also reflect on the current situations in global and regional affairs that impact on ASEAN-U.S. relations, ...

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4. The United States, Russia to be Part of East Asia Summit

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pp. 17-20

Towards the end of October 2010, the heads of government of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) gathered in Hanoi for the second time that year, as called for in the new ASEAN Charter. Afterwards, they met with their counterparts, collectively and individually, from China, Japan and South Korea in the context of ASEAN Plus Three, ...

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5. How Does the United States Play into the East Asia Summit for ASEAN

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pp. 21-24

Members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) have agreed to invite the United States and Russia to participate in the region-wide forum, the East Asia Summit (EAS), which encompasses ASEAN Plus Six: Japan, China, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, and India. ...

Quintessential Issues

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6. A New Era in the Long-standing U.S.ASEAN Relationship

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pp. 27-38

The United States and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) have entered a new era in our relations. I would like to discuss the current relationship and what we hope that relationship will look like in the coming years. I do not want to emphasize too much our past relations with ASEAN, ...

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7. Maritime Security in Southeast Asia and the United States

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pp. 39-54

Southeast Asia is essentially a maritime region. All ten Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) members bar one — Laos — depend on the sea for commerce and food security. Singapore is an island state, the Philippines and Indonesia are archipelagic countries, and Malaysia, Thailand, Myanmar, and Vietnam have extensive coastlines. ...

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8. ASEAN's Views on the U.S. Military Role in the Region

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pp. 55-82

Southeast Asia, being strategically positioned in the region, stands at the confluence of great power rivalry and, at the same time, faces a multitude of non-traditional security challenges as well as residual intramural rivalries. The Barack Obama administration on its part adopts a moderate, fiscally-sustainable security approach ...

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9. United States-China Relations

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pp. 83-98

The relationship between the United States and China is the most important bilateral relationship in the twenty-first century. The status of the bilateral relationship is significant not only for the two most powerful nations, but also for the rest of the world. This relationship has three important characteristics. ...

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10. Shift in U.S. Policy towards Myanmar

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pp. 99-111

In September 2009, the United States announced a new course in its policy towards Myanmar following a seven-month review undertaken by the Obama administration. Recognizing that decades of pursuing policies of isolation and sanctions had done little to influence change among Myanmar’s military leaders, ...

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11. United States Assistance to ASEAN through the Advance Programme

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pp. 112-121

The United States is deeply committed to supporting ASEAN and its goal of creating the ASEAN Community by 2015. For over thirty years, the United States has been a faithful dialogue partner, working closely with ASEAN to implement a wide range of projects and programmes that have supported growth, security, democracy, and prosperity in the region. ...

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12. Conclusion

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pp. 122-126

In July 2010, the ASEAN Studies Centre of the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies organized a workshop on ASEAN-United States relations. The workshop entertained lively discussions on topics related to the overall theme — what are the talking points? ...

Index

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pp. 127-137


E-ISBN-13: 9789814311762
Print-ISBN-13: 9789814311557

Page Count: 137
Publication Year: 2011

Edition: 1

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Subject Headings

  • Southeast Asia -- Foreign economic relations -- United States -- Congresses.
  • United States -- Foreign economic relations -- Southeast Asia -- Congresses.
  • ASEAN.
  • Regionalism -- East Asia -- Congresses.
  • Security, International -- Southeast Asia -- Congresses.
  • China -- Foreign economic relations -- United States -- Congresses.
  • United States -- Foreign economic relations -- China -- Congresses.
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