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Security Commentaries #008
March 12th, 2021


Asia Pacific

  • Japanese Prime Minister to visit White House as early as April in first official trip abroad. Amid rising tensions in the Indo-Pacific, Biden seeks to reaffirm US-Japan relations with the invitation of Prime Minister Suga to the White House.
  • Constructive engagements, the ASEAN dilemma, and democratic backsliding within the region. ASEAN needs a strong leader to intervene in Myanmar’s political crisis and Indonesia has shown its prowess through shuttle diplomacy. 

Around the World

  • The Biden Administration’s Interim National Security Strategic Guidance. Before the Biden administration publishes its National Security Strategy later this year, the two-months old administration has already released an outline on how it plans to re-engage America with the world.
Japanese Prime Minister to visit White House as early as April in first official trip abroad.

- Jaime Ocon, Taiwan Center for Security Studies

Indeed as President Obama did so in 2009, inviting then Prime Minister Taro Aso to the White House, the United States is once again demonstrating to the international community its deep-rooted relationship with Japan. In an era marked by the COVID-19 pandemic and increasing tensions with China in both the South and East China Seas, unilateralism can no longer suffice as an approach to global cooperation. The announcement of Prime Minister Suga and President Biden’s meeting comes at a time where both leaders could meet again in the first QUAD (Quadrilateral Security Dialogue) meeting today... Read more

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Constructive Engagements, the ASEAN Dilemma, and Democratic Backsliding within the Region

- Elpeni Fitrah, Taiwan Center for Security Studies

The international community is clearly unsatisfied with ASEAN's approach to solving problems in Myanmar. They demand that ASEAN collectively should be more proactive in resolving the crisis, rather than just calling for Myanmar to pursue reconciliation. The Myanmar military coup is clear evidence that Myanmar's military actions violated the ASEAN Charter's principles regarding constitutional governance enforcement. Besides that, the military apparatus' repressive measures against the demonstrators that left dozens of deaths and injuries are a severe problem that not only undermines democracy but is also a violation of humanity... Read more. 

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The Biden Administration’s Interim National Security Strategic Guidance  

- Richard Chen, Taiwan Center for Security Studies 

The Interim National Security Strategic Guidance, issued by the White House on March 3rd, provides a general blueprint on what the Biden administration’s national security priorities are. Despite having been largely vocal on their foreign policy ideologies and affinity towards US-led alliances since the beginning, this “interim” strategy gives new impetus to the directives and policies coming out of the Biden White House ... Read more. 

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International Webinar on: "The Biden Administration's Indo-Pacific Strategy & Foreign Policy Dilemmas in Asia" 

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Editors : Richard Chen & Jaime Ocon
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