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Beyond the Grass and the Elephants: Strategic Thinking in Southeast Asia

  • Harriman Institute, Room 1219 420 West 118th Street New York, NY, 10027 United States (map)

What is strategic thinking? Are the foreign policies of some Southeast Asian states more strategic than those of others? If so, in what way, and with what implications for US policy?

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Donald K. Emmerson heads the Southeast Asia Program in the Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center at Stanford University, where he is also a faculty affiliate of the Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies and the Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law. An edited book, The Deer and the Dragon: Southeast Asia and China in the 21st Century, is forthcoming. Work published in 2017-19 includes ASEAN @ 50, Southeast Asia @ Risk (as co-ed./author), The South China Sea Disputes (ed. Yang Razali Kassim), and pieces in outlets such as Asia Policy, Asia Times, Contemporary Southeast Asia, The Diplomat, IPP Review, The Jakarta Post, Journal of Democracy, PacNet, RSIS Commentary, TRaNS: Trans-Regional and –National Studies of Southeast Asia, and YaleGlobal. Earlier publications dealt with Southeast Asia-related topics including ASEAN, security, democracy, Indonesia, Islamism, fisheries, and fieldwork. Before coming to Stanford in 1999, he taught political science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and was a visiting scholar at the Institute for Advanced Studies (Princeton) and elsewhere. His degrees are from Yale University (PhD) and Princeton University (BA).

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