ASEAN: Does it matter?- Panel Discussion and Book Launch
7.00pm, Thursday August 23, 2018
- Members: free,
- Non-members 450 Baht
- Thai journalists and Students with valid ID: 150 Baht
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations has been alternatively criticized and praised -- as a disparate group in search of meaning, or as a vital regional platform. Long hampered by divided views and the consensus principle, regional leaders have met with mixed results in efforts to overhaul ASEAN's framework.
The relentless rise of China, uncertainties ushered in by the Trump administration, a shifting security environment, and international efforts to form a pan-Asian trade grouping are among the many challenges facing regional governments.
These issues are of particular concern in Thailand as it prepares to take over the ASEAN chairmanship later this year.
In his book Does ASEAN Matter? former Indonesian foreign minister Marty Natalegawa offers a unique insider perspective on the relevance of the 10-member grouping.
In questioning ASEAN's very future, he examines the interplay of relations and interests that underpin the framework within which regional leaders seek both broader cooperation and national advancement. The book seeks to answer many other questions, including:
How can ASEAN deal with big power rivalries and the shifting strategic balance in broader Asia?
How can it collectively carve a more meaningful role in relation to the wider East Asia, Asia-Pacific, and Indo-Pacific regions?
How can ASEAN harness its resources to contribute more effectively to peace, security, and prosperity in Southeast Asia?
What more can ASEAN do to improve the lives of its citizens?
Confirmed Panelists include:
Marty Natalegawa, former foreign minister of Indonesia, author of Does Asean Matter?, and, inter alia, a member of the UN Secretary General's Advisory Board on Mediation, and president of the General Assembly's Team of External Advisors;
Kasit Piromya, senior member of the Democrat Party and former Thai foreign minister (2008-11); member of the 200-member National Reform Steering Assembly appointed in 2015 by the current government; and director of the Citizen Activation Academy, Kuang Apaiwong Foundation;
Thitinan Pongsudhirak, director of the Institute for Security and International Studies at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok; and
Bilahari Kausikan, former permanent secretary at the Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and chairman of the Middle East Institute at the National University of Singapore.
Copies of Does ASEAN Matter? will be available on the evening.
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