Terence Chong

Deputy CEO and Director, Research Division, ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute

Dr Terence Chong is Deputy CEO and Director, Research Division at ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute. He also heads the institute's Temasek History Research Centre and Archaeology Unit. Dr Chong is a sociologist with a PhD from the University of Warwick, UK. His research interests include religious developments in Southeast Asia, new Chinese immigrants in CLMV countries, and politics and multiculturalism in Singapore.

Hundreds of residents queue to get the Covid-19 vaccine booster shot in Bekasi, Indonesia, on 5 February 2022. (Rezas/AFP)

2022 State of Southeast Asia survey: Diverse perspectives and hard realities

A Biden-led US seems to be gaining some traction in the contest for regional influence in Southeast Asia, according to the latest State of Southeast Asia survey report, even as China remains a presence to be wary of. Respondents also seemed receptive to structures like the Quad, particularly where it pertains to pragmatic cooperation. Apart from pandemic concerns which are still high, those surveyed expressed strong views on ASEAN's handling of the Myanmar issue. Recognising ASEAN's institutional limitations, they see the importance of continued cooperation with dialogue partners to tackle the challenges faced by the region.