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Jul 26

Southeast Asia's Forgotten Tier: Burma, Cambodia and Laos

Location: The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium

Burma, Laos, and Cambodia are vastly overshadowed by their neighbors, geographic and demographic giants like China, India, and Indonesia.  Economically, as well, they are far behind developments in the region.  The most visible of the three in Washington is Burma - but that only by virtue of its dismal human rights record.  What is going on in ASEAN's forgotten tier of underdeveloped countries?  What are their prospects for development, both economic and political?  What is the extent of Chinese and other outside influence?  And what does all this mean for ASEAN and the U.S. position in the region?  Join us as these and other questions are addressed by our panelists.

More About the Speakers

Eric John
Deputy Assistant Secretary of State (Southeast Asia),
U.S. Department of State 

Joshua Kurlantzick
Visiting Scholar,
China Program,
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and
Author, Charm Offensive: How China's Softpower is Transforming the World

Matthew Daley
US-ASEAN Business Council

Cynthia R. Bunton
Regional Program Director, Asia,
International Republican Institute

Hosted By

Walter Lohman Walter Lohman

Director, Asian Studies Center Read More