The 10-member ASEAN bloc has come under strain. First in 2020 came the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic and the restrictions used to contain it, both of which have had severe effects on Southeast Asian economies. Now, in 2021, with a post-COVID future in sight, the relevance of ASEAN as a decision-making body faces scrutiny, as the military coup in Myanmar and resulting instability threatens to spill over beyond the country’s borders. How does ASEAN view the crisis? What does the growing emphasis on the Quad and the attention to the South China Sea mean for Southeast Asia? Also, what can the administration in Washington do to promote stability in the region as it competes with China for influence? To answer these questions Pacific Forum has brought together an esteemed panel, authors of Comparative Connections chapters on Southeast Asia, for our first Comparative Connections Roundtable.