Remarks to Center for Strategic International Studies Meeting on 'U.S. and Southeast Asia: Toward a Strategy for Enhanced Engagement', [September 25, 2008]   [open pdf - 341KB]

Alternate Title: U.S. Engagement in Southeast Asia

This State Department prepared statement are remarks by Scot A. Marciel, Ambassador for ASEAN Affairs and Deputy Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs before the Center for Strategic and International Studies meeting on September 25, 2008. The following is taken from the text, "It is a pleasure to return to CSIS to see so many friends and colleagues here with an interest in Southeast Asia. I have just returned from a ten-day trip with Deputy Secretary Negroponte in Southeast Asia. In Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand and in Laos, I was again struck by the rapid development of U.S bilateral and regional ties. So, for me, this is a perfect time to talk about our relations and engagement with the region. East Asia, including Southeast Asia, is undergoing a remarkable transformation. Led by rapidly growing economies, the regional institutional architecture is growing. Longstanding organizations, such as ASEAN, are taking on expanded roles. Newer organizations, including the ASEAN +3 and the East Asia Summit (EAS), are being built on overlapping parts of this regional landscape, and have emerged in response to a growing desire in the region for an East Asian community."

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