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  • WebMemo posted July 12, 2006 by Daniella Markheim, Dana Robert Dillon The Case for Permanent Normal Trading Relations with Vietnam

    On May 31, America and Vietnam signed a bilateral market access agreement detailing the requirements for Vietnam's accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO). Vietnam will now work to finalize a multilateral draft Protocol of Accession that must be approved by the WTO General Council before it can become a WTO member. In order for the U.S. to share in the…

  • WebMemo posted July 11, 2006 by Dana Robert Dillon Terrorist Strike at Fault Lines in South Asia

    On July 11, terrorists attacked the transportation network in Mumbai, India, killing and wounding hundreds, possibly more than a thousand. A grenade attack against a bus earlier in the day killed five people in Kashmir and raised suspicions of a coordinated attack across the country. Though there was no initial claim of responsibility for either attack, it is very…

  • WebMemo posted June 2, 2006 by Dana Robert Dillon Bringing Burma to the U.N. Security Council

    On May 31, 2006, the State Department announced that the United States would "pursue a U.N. Security Council resolution that will underscore the international communities concerns about the situation in Burma."[1] It's about time. The military has ruled Burma since 1962, and this effort, if it succeeds, would be the first time that the U.N. Security Council has…

  • Backgrounder posted May 18, 2006 by Baker Spring, Dana Robert Dillon Nuclear India and the Non-Proliferation Treaty

    The Bush Administration's initiative to sell civilian nuclear technology to India, a de facto nuclear-weapon state, is a landmark decision that will have a broad and lasting impact on the international nonproliferation regime. The challenge will be to develop cooperative nuclear energy relationships with friendly, democratic, de facto nuclear powers such as India…

  • Commentary posted April 17, 2006 by Dana Robert Dillon In Philippines, killing of journalists growing problem

    Philippines President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is in trouble. The political situation in her island nation is in crisis. Her popularity ratings have dropped into the low teens. "People power" demonstrations break out regularly in Manila. She recently survived an alleged coup attempt. Arroyo appears to have given up on convincing her constituents of her…

  • Commentary posted February 28, 2006 by Dana Robert Dillon President Should Push for Democracy in Nepal

    President Bush will be in South Asia soon and one of the burning issues he'll confront will be the crisis in Nepal that has claimed 13,000 lives. If he wants to make the most of his visit, President Bush needs to work with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to craft a policy toward Nepal that is grounded in the president's promise to expand democracy worldwide. It…

  • Backgrounder posted February 23, 2006 by Dana Robert Dillon President Bush's Challenge in South Asia

    President George W. Bush will travel to India and Pakistan in the first part of March. Although the United States, India, and Pakistan agree on several issues-such as the war on terrorism and trade issues generally-the President probably will face some requests that are contrary to both American interests and international arms control measures. Addition­ally,…

  • Executive Memorandum posted February 2, 2006 by Dana Robert Dillon Time for a U.N. Security Council Resolution on Burma

    The plague of the State Peace and Development Council (SPDC), the despotic military junta that rules in Burma, is no longer simply an issue of human rights abuse and economic mismanage­ment inside Burma's borders. The SPDC's arbitrary and secretive decisions are causing vast human suf­fering across Asia, including ram­pant drug production and smuggling, displacement…

  • WebMemo posted January 26, 2006 by Dana Robert Dillon Timika Arrests Show Growing Respect and Strength in Indo-U.S. Relations

    On January 11, near the town of Timika in the Papua province, Indonesian police from the American-trained Special Detachment 88 and working in close cooperation with the U.S. FBI arrested 12 Indonesians who are suspected in the murder of two American teachers. The capture of these fugitives is an enormous boost to U.S.-Indonesian relations and reflects growing…

  • Backgrounder posted October 19, 2005 by John J. Tkacik, Jr., Dana Robert Dillon China and ASEAN: Endangered American Primacy in Southeast Asia

    China is rapidly becoming the predominant power in Southeast Asia. Beijing's diplomats have effectively translated China's burgeoning economic clout into political influence, leaving in question the U.S. role and commitment to the region, even with traditional allies and friends. If the United States hopes to avoid the emergence of a Beijing-dominated Southeast…

  • Testimony posted September 30, 2005 by Dana Robert Dillon Evolving Counterterrorism Strategy

    Testimony by Dana R Dillon Senior Policy Analyst Asian Studies Center The Heritage Foundation Before The House International Relations Subcommittee on International Terrorism and Nonproliferation   Regarding Evolving Counterterrorism Strategy   September 29, 2005   Thank you, Mr. Chairman and members of the…

  • Commentary posted August 18, 2005 by Dana Robert Dillon Watching the East Asia Summit

    In 1990, when Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir proposed the "East Asian Economic Caucus" -- his legendary caucus without Caucasians -- the U.S., working closely with Japan, Australia and other countries, countered with a proposal for APEC, the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum. The forum, with its annual summit of regional leaders, has provided a valuable…

  • WebMemo posted August 1, 2005 by Dana Robert Dillon Rice Misses the ASEAN Regional Forum: Now What?

    This July, Condoleezza Rice became the first American Secretary of State to send her deputy to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Regional Forum since it was first held in 1994. Taking their cue from Rice, foreign ministers from Japan, India, and China either skipped the meeting or departed early. The Forum has been valuable almost solely for the networking…

  • WebMemo posted July 27, 2005 by Dana Robert Dillon Peace in Aceh: What it Means for the U.S.

    After 29 years and the loss of an estimated 15,000 lives, the Indonesian government and the Free Aceh Movement ("GAM" for its Indonesian name, Gerakan Aceh Merdeka) may finally end a war that frequently damaged U.S.-Indonesian relations and nearly landed GAM on the list of foreign terrorist groups. Both parties announced they had reached a negotiated agreement on…

  • WebMemo posted July 18, 2005 by Dana Robert Dillon Crisis in the Philippines: What does it mean for the U.S.?

    Caught on tape discussing her reelection with an election official, and with her husband allegedly involved in a gambling scam, Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo is in political hot water and may not finish her term. Ten members of Arroyo's Cabinet, including key members of her economic team, recently resigned from their posts, urging that Arroyo follow…