Building for Stability. Infrastructure improvement, even small-scale efforts like this CARE water project in Burma can contribute greatly to economic development and stability.
Building for Stability. Infrastructure improvement, even small-scale efforts like this CARE water project in Burma can contribute greatly to economic development and stability.
(Photo by EC/ECHO/Bernard Delpuech)
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Southeast Asia
US Lacks Strategy
Aid, trade, infrastructure

The nations of Southeast Asia have made considerable progress in poverty alleviation, literacy, transparent and accountable governance, and in forging a genuine regional community in recent years. Their commitment to a comprehensive approach to the region’s key challenges is crucial when looking at ways to narrow the economic gap in the region. Even as these countries place greater emphasis on regional integration and coordination, the United States seems to lack an overall strategy that coordinates trade, assistance, and investment with its broader goals in Southeast Asia.

Social, economic, and political stability form the foundation of a durable peace in Southeast Asia according to experts at a recent weeklong dialogue in Cambodia sponsored by the Stanley Foundation, in collaboration with the Cambodian Institute for Cooperation and Peace and the Asia Foundation. This stability, on the one hand, requires economic growth and development, poverty alleviation, literacy, and transparent and accountable governance.


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