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Policy Memo: Economic Dimensions of New Power Dynamics in Southeast Asia

July 2007


In recent years, the nations of Southeast Asia have made considerable progress in poverty alleviation, literacy, transparent and accountable governance, and in forging a genuine regional community. Their commitment to a comprehensive approach to the region’s key challenges is crucial when considering efforts to narrow development disparities in the region. Even as these countries place greater emphasis on regional integration and coordination, the United States appears to lack an overall strategy that coordinates trade, assistance, and investment with its broader goals in Southeast Asia.

Discussions during a weeklong dialogue in Cambodia sponsored by the Stanley Center, in collaboration with The Cambodian Institute for Cooperation and Peace and The Asia Foundation, considered effective means of leveraging US engagement in the region.

This five-page policy memo summarizes the discussion and general recommendations.