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Issues & Insights Vol. 08 – No. 15

U.S. relations with Southeast Asia remain one of the most under-developed dimensions of American engagement with Asia. A rising chorus of voices argues that Washington has missed a series of opportunities to build better relations with a sub-region of growing weight in the global economy. That failure takes on greater significance given Chinese efforts to build stronger ties to a region that has traditionally looked at Beijing with considerable skepticism and even suspicion.