Pou Sothirak
Pou Sothirak
Pou Sothirak is Executive Director of the Cambodian Institute for Cooperation and Peace. Previously secretary of state at the Foreign Affairs Ministry, he remains an advisor to the Cambodian government. He has extensive experience in international relations through his time as a visiting senior research fellow at Singapore’s Institute of Southeast Asia Studies (ISEAS) and as Cambodian Ambassador to Japan. He was Minister of Industry, Mines, and Energy of Cambodia from 1993-1998.

The US needs to clearly explain why Asean needs America and how the grouping factors into the US’ Indo-Pacific strategy without asking the bloc to disregard China’s interest in the region.

Seoul’s New Southern Policy has helped expand ties to Southeast Asian nations, but the next iteration needs to more clearly identify the opportunities ahead and focus on efforts to build a more peaceful and secure East Asia.

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