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Why Washington’s Latest Trade Plan for Asia is Probably Dead on Arrival

IPEF is the latest U.S. acronym that we're going to hear a lot more of as of today. President Joe Biden will tout the new Indo-Pacific Economic Framework during the two-day summit with eight ASEAN leaders that begins on Thursday. The IPEF is ...

White House Sticks With Group Diplomacy Rather Than One-on-Ones

At no point in the two-day schedule of the U.S.-ASEAN summit is there any time allocated for President Joe Biden to meet one-on-one with any of the visiting Southeast Asian leaders. Instead, the eight leaders will meet collectively with the President and other senior-level stakeholders.

Chinese State Media is Predictably Downbeat About the Summit

It is widely acknowledged that China will feature prominently during this week’s U.S.-ASEAN summit. For that reason, it’s interesting to track how the summit is being covered in the Chinese state press.  The most prominent response so far was penned by ...

Which Issues will Dominate the U.S.-ASEAN Summit?

U.S. officials are coming to the ASEAN summit eager to emphasize the region’s importance, and to rebalance perceptions that it is currently mostly focused on the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.  Cross-cutting issues like climate change are sure to occupy some of the discussion. ...

Why Africans Should Keep an Eye on the U.S.-ASEAN Summit

Nobody would blame Africans for not focusing on this week’s summit between the United States and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN.) After all, the continent is dealing with a few prior priorities: creeping debt distress in key states largely ignored by the international community, ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Misadventures in the Skin Trade

This week I spent a few days in Cape Town, in time for a minor, if telling, crisis in international agricultural trade. A ship crammed with 19,000 (mostly still living) cows was stuck in Cape Town harbor, en route from Brazil to the Middle East.
As South African animal welfare authorities scrambled to inspect the horrors on board, the city was enveloped in a powerful farmyard funk. The entire episode can ...