Seminar: The United States and Southeast Asia Under the Trump Administration


About the Seminar

President Trump is expected to make his first visit to Asia in November 2017 for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting, East Asia Summit (EAS) and bilateral meetings with leaders of regional countries. This seminar offers one American perspective prior to the visit on the continuities and divergences between the Obama and Trump Administrations regarding Southeast Asia, developments in U.S.-Southeast Asia relations during the first nine months of the Trump Administration and the prospects for U.S. bilateral and multilateral ties with Southeast Asia. It argues that there are clear differences (and uncertainties) regarding the Trump Administration versus the Obama Administration’s approaches to Southeast Asia. However, the weight and diversity of American interests in Southeast Asia remains a constant, and the Trump Administration has pursued active ties with regional countries. Key unknowns that remain include the relative balance between key drivers of U.S.-Southeast Asia ties as well as between diplomacy/defense and trade/investment elements of ties.

Dr. Limaye will also discuss the findings from the latest edition of ASEAN Matters for America/America Matters for ASEAN, a cooperative effort of the East West Center, ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute and the US-ASEAN Business Council.

About the Speaker

Dr. Satu Limaye is Director, East West Center in Washington, Senior Advisor, CNA Corporation, and Creator & Director of His recent U.S.-Southeast Asia publications include: Why ASEAN is Here to Stay and What That Means for the U.S. (2016), Signs are Taken for Wonders: The Trump Administration and Southeast Asia (2017), From ‘Peak’ to ‘Plateau’ in U.S.-ASEAN Relations (forthcoming), ASEAN is Neither the Problem Nor Solution to South China Sea Disputes (forthcoming). Dr. Limaye covers a range of U.S.-Asia Pacific international relations issues. He is a graduate of Georgetown and Oxford Universities where he was a George C. Marshall Scholar.


For registration, please fill in this form and email to by 25 September 2017.


Sep 26 2017


10:00 am - 11:30 am


ISEAS Seminar Room 2