The Future of America's Southeast Asian Alliances
Recorded on July 24, 2008
Location: The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium
The United States has two treaty allies in Southeast Asia,
Thailand and the Philippines. These security commitments and
the military presence that accompany them serve as the backbone of
the American presence in the region. But Southeast Asia, and
the broader Asia Pacific, is nothing if not dynamic. The
relative weight of regional powers, the regional economy, and the
nations themselves are all changing. The world's greatest
political/economic challenge - the rise of China - is both
Southeast Asia's daily concern and its biggest opportunity.
How do our allies and friends in Southeast Asia see the new
environment and how are they responding? How is America
responding? Is America exercising the sort of leadership
necessary to maintain its alliance structure and serve as the force
of peace, security, and prosperity that has been its mission?
Join us as our panelists address these and other issues relevant to
the future of America's Southeast Asian alliances.