The UP Asian Center and the UP Open University ASEAN Studies Graduate Program will be holding a Zoom webinar, “ASEAN Centrality: Up Close and Personal,” on 14 August 2020, 2 pm (GMT+8, Philippine Standard Time). Featuring Ambassador Elizabeth Buensuceso, the webinar is free and open to the public, but online registration and a Zoom account are required. In the registration form, please supply the email address you use to sign in to Zoom. Please see full guidelines below.
Many academics and researchers have advanced definitions of ASEAN centrality. An Insider’s definition and perspectives would add a more realistic dimension to this scholarship and provide a pragmatic and useful way of understanding ASEAN: what it is and not what others think it ought to be, as well as what it can and cannot do.
Through autoethnography, Ambassador Elizabeth Buensuceso will:
Ambassador Elizabeth Buensuceso is the Officer-in-Charge, Undersecretary for Policy, Department of Foreign Affairs, Republic of the Philippines. She is also the Philippines’ ASEAN SOM (Senior Officials Meeting) Leader and the Philippine Representative to the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR). She was, until recently, the Ambassador/Permanent Representative of the Philippines to ASEAN for six years, and was also the former Ambassador to Laos and Norway, with concurrent accreditation to Denmark and Iceland. She has been with the Philippine foreign service for more than 39 years.
Ambassador Buensuceso majored in English and graduated magna cum laude. She is now a candidate for graduation in October 2020 for the degree of Master in ASEAN Studies at the UP Open University. In 2017, she was awarded the Presidential Grand Cross, Gawad Kamanong, rank of Commander.
• H.E. Ma. Hellen De La Vega
Philippine Ambassador to Australia
• Mr. Bala Kumar Palaniappan
Director of External Relations, ASEAN Political-Security Community Department, ASEAN Secretariat
• Joefe B. Santarita, PhD
Dean, UP Asian Center
To celebrate the 53rd founding anniversary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, this webinar is organized by the UP Asian Center in partnership with the ASEAN Studies Graduate Program of the Faculty of Management and Development Studies, UP Open University.
The webinar is part of the Asian Center’s “Current Affairs Lecture Series,” which aims to tackle challenges arising from issues concerning progress, growth and development in 21st-century Asia, and of the UPOU ASEAN Studies Graduate Program’s Lecture Series.
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