U.S. Foreign Policy in Southeast Asia

How is U.S. foreign policy in Southeast Asia taking shape today?

What are some of the challenges affecting U.S. foreign policy aims in the region?

The Center recorded this video at the Regional Policy dialogue program called A New Era of U.S.-Southeast Asia Relations, which took place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in March 2023. During the dialogue program, participants discussed how U.S. foreign policy in Southeast Asia may change due to new challenges from China.

Gregory Poling directs the Southeast Asia Program and Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, where he is also a senior fellow. He is a leading expert on the South China Sea disputes and conducts research on U.S. alliances and partnerships, democratization and governance in Southeast Asia, and maritime security across the Indo-Pacific. He recently authored On Dangerous Ground: America’s Century in the South China Sea. Additional publications include on U.S. relations with Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam. His writings have been featured in Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, the Wall Street Journal, and the Naval War College Review, among others.  Mr. Poling received an MA in international affairs from American University and a BA in history and philosophy from St. Mary’s College of Maryland.


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