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The Asia Pacific Bulletin, produced by the East-West Center in Washington, publishes summaries of Congressional Study Groups, conferences, seminars, and visitor roundtables, as well as short articles and opinion pieces. APB summaries are always two pages or less, designed for the busy professional or policymaker to capture the essence of dialogue and debate on issues of concern in US-Asia relations.

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    US Southeast Asia Policy: Towards A Balance of Commitment Approach
    ( 2022-03-17) Parameswaran, Prashanth
    Dr. Prashanth Parameswaran, a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and a Senior Columnist at The Diplomat Magazine, explains that "A balance of commitment approach in U.S. Southeast Asia policy can help policymakers be attentive to both the interrelationships between power, threats and resources shaping decisions in the U.S. domestic political system and the careful calibration of components in commitment level and distribution in the Southeast Asia required to sustain an expanded, balanced approach that serves U.S. interests and meets regional needs."
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    US-South Korea and the Philippines : towards a trilateral security initiative
    (Washington, DC : East-West Center, 2022-01-27) Amador, Julio S.
    It is possible for the United States (US), the Republic of Korea (South Korea), and the Republic of the Philippines (the Philippines) to pursue increased trilateral security cooperation as the three countries seek to respond to a more uncertain strategic environment in the Indo-Pacific region. History and more recent developments offer insights into the possibilities for such trilateral security cooperation.
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    China's dilemmas in bailing out debt-ridden Sri Lanka
    (Washington, DC : East-West Center, 2022-01-20) Wignaraja, Ganeshan
    Ganeshan Wignaraja, a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Institute of South Asian Studies (ISAS) of the National University of Singapore and a Senior Research Associate at the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) in London, explains that "Sri Lanka is now stuck in a 'debt trap'. However, the debt trap is not wholly Chinese."
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    US-ROK cooperation can improve IP protection in Southeast Asia by a strategic focus on online counterfeiting
    (Washington, DC : East-West Center, 2022-01-07) Hays, Seth
    Mr. Seth Hays, Chief Representative, Asia-Pacific, at the International Trademark Association, explains that “both the US and ROK cooperate with ASEAN countries to improve IP protections, including on the issue of online counterfeits, most notably through their respective IP offices: the United States Patent and Trademark Office and the Korean Intellectual Property Office.”
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    Creating smarter and more sustainable cities in Southeast Asia : a roadmap for United States-South Korea cooperation
    (Washington, DC : East-West Center, 2022-01-06) Kim, Sea Young "Sarah"
    Ms. Sea Young "Sarah" Kim, Visiting Scholar at the East-West Center in Washington and PhD student at Yonsei University, explains that "Washington's and Seoul's mutual interest in smart cities presents a valuable opportunity for the two nations to engage in tactical cooperation... under the broader framework of addressing non-traditional regional threats."
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    Old ally, new direction : Cobra Gold and beyond
    (Washington, DC : East-West Center, 2021-11-23) Prasirtsuk, Kitti
    Kitti Prasirtsuk, Ph.D., a Professor of International Relations at Thammasat University, explains that despite strained US-Thai relations over the past decade, the Cobra Gold (CG) military exercise "equates to a win for both sides" and "is the cornerstone of the US-Thailand alliance, representing a major bond between the two nations in their post-Vietnam War relations."
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    US-Thai economic prospects-–turning a new page
    (Washington, DC : East-West Center, 2021-11-23) Benn, Judy A.
    Judy A. Benn, Former Executive Director American Chamber of Commerce in Thailand, explains that "for Thailand to take full advantage of post-pandemic opportunities and reignite its economy to make-up for the last 18 months, the nation will need to capitalize on its centralized geographic location and position as one of Southeast Asia’s strongest manufacturing bases."
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    Thai-US bilateral relations : benefits and challenges
    (Washington, DC : East-West Center, 2021-11-23) Chumroentaweesup, Arunrat
    Arunrat Chumroentaweesup, Consulting Manager at Tractus Asia, explains that "American firms enjoy two significant benefits. First, US entities are permitted to maintain a majority shareholding or to wholly own a company, branch office or representative office located in Thailand. Second, US companies are permitted to engage in business on almost the same footing as Thai firms and are exempted from most of the foreign investment restrictions imposed by the Foreign Business Act."
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    Can US assistance reinvigorate the US-Thai alliance?
    (Washington, DC : East-West Center, 2021-11-23) Parks, Thomas
    Thomas Parks, the Thailand Country Representative for The Asia Foundation, explains that "US-Thai relations matter now more than ever. Since 2018, the United States has been expanding security cooperation with Thailand, after the historic lows of the post-2014 coup years."
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    The prospects of Thailand-US economic cooperation
    (Washington, DC : East-West Center, 2021-11-23) Pitakdumrongkit, Kaewkamol
    Dr. Kaewkamol Pitakdumrongkit, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) of Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, explains that "data runs contrary to the perception that Bangkok is leaning towards Beijing… Thailand embraces American economic clout while dreading its Chinese counterpart."

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