Southeast Asia And Australia
The region stretches from the Indochinese Peninsula through the Indonesian archipelago all the way to Australia, forming the dividing line between the Pacific and the Indian Oceans. This area is very diverse – geographically, culturally and historically. What the region’s countries have in common is their largest trading partner: China. Beijing’s assertive policymaking is the most important strategic issue in the region.
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Myanmar: Prospects for civil war and regional instability
Ongoing conflict in Myanmar has raised the specter of a full-blown civil war, with the Myanmar military cracking down on protesters internally and on armed ethnic groups in border regions. As the country’s neighbors watch the instability unfold and consider whether to get involved, the potential for a larger, more protracted conflict increases.