Lee Sue-Ann

Lee Sue-Ann

Senior Fellow and Coordinator, Regional Strategic and Political Studies Programme, ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute

Lee Sue-Ann is Senior Fellow and Coordinator of the Regional Strategic and Political Studies Programme at ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute. She also directs the Media, Technology and Society Programme at the same institute. Sue-Ann graduated from the National University of Singapore with an honours degree in Political Science and from Harvard’s Kennedy School with a Master of Public Policy. Her research interests include topics such as the rise of China and its strategic implications, technology as the emerging key arena for big-power competition, the politics of Islamisation and the continued salience of identity politics as a divisive factor in political discourse.

US President Joe Biden (sixth from left) with ASEAN leaders including then ASEAN Secretary General Lim Jock Hoi (first from left) at the US-ASEAN Special Summit at the White House, 13 May 2022. (SPH Media)

US-Southeast Asia strategic dialogue must shift gears

Amid intensifying China-US competition, the strategic conversation between the US and Southeast Asia is in danger of being stuck in a rut. While messages from the region's leaders to their American counterparts have been received, the latter see these refrains as hackneyed. It is high time for Southeast Asia to internalise the shifts in Uncle Sam's approach to the region and proceed accordingly.