The UP Asian Center will hold a virtual research conference, “Beyond ASEAN: Global and Local Impacts of Balancing Domestic and Foreign Policy Priorities,” on 13 January 2021, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm, Philippine time via Zoom. The event is free and open to the public, but interested participants are required to register using an authenticated Zoom account.
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This conference will feature sixteen (16) graduate student presentations from graduate students of the UP Asian Center. It focuses on various facets of Southeast Asian states and on ASEAN affairs, from geopolitics, diplomacy, and oil and gas to COVID-19, precolonial history, and the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
KEYNOTE ADDRESS: 9:30 am
ASEAN’S EXTERNAL RELATIONS: PUSHING THE ASEAN AGENDA
Ambassador Elizabeth P. Buensuceso
The keynote will be delivered by Ambassador Elizabeth Buensuceso, Officer-in-Charge, Undersecretary for Policy of the Department of Foreign Affairs, Republic of the Philippines. She was also the former Chair of the Committee of Permanent Representatives at the ASEAN, and has served as former Ambassador to Laos and Norway, with concurrent accreditation to Denmark and Iceland. She has worked in the Philippine foreign service for 39 years.
PANEL 1: ISSUES WITHIN SOUTHEAST ASIA (10:55 am)
- Pursuit of National Interest by the Philippines and Indonesia through ASEAN
- The Geopolitics of Southeast Asia
PANEL 2: ASEAN AND MAJOR POWERS (11:30 am)
- Discussions on the Code of Conduct in the South China Sea Amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic
- Future Impacts of the FOIP Strategy to the Southeast Asian Region by the US-Japan Alliance
- ASEAN’s Perspective of China’s Growing Global Governance
PANEL 3: NATURAL AND MAN-MADE CRISES (12:20 pm)
- The Power Shift from the Sinking Jakarta to the Forests of East Kalimantan: Indonesia’s Capital Relocation and its Impacts on International Affairs
- “Pandemic Politics” and Its Impact on ASEAN International Relations
- How Much is COVID-19? A Comparative Study of Expenditure of Southeast Asia Countries in Combat with the COVID-19 Pandemic
- Our Forests and COVID-19: Impacts of the Pandemic on the Forest Sector in Thailand and Cambodia
PANEL 4: ASEAN AS FORERUNNER OF SOUTHEAST ASIAN REGIONALISM (1:15 pm)
- Domestic Determinants and Foreign Policy Shifting: the Marcos and Duterte’s Foreign Policy Shift from West to East
- The “ASEAN Way”: ASEAN’s Role in Conflict Management in Southeast Asia
- Prediction 101: ASEAN Defense Diplomacy as the Saving Grace of ASEAN Centrality in the 21st Century
Patrick De Guzman
PANEL 5: ASEAN’S NATURAL AND MANMADE RESOURCES (2:05 pm)
- Vietnam’s Oil and Gas Exploration in the South China Sea: The Implications to Vietnam’s Conduct of Foreign Relations
- Harmonization of The Cross Border Data Flows Mechanism: The 4IR in ASEAN
PANEL 6: POLITICS OF HERITAGE (2:40 pm)
- Lessons on Citizenship in Pre-Colonial Southeast Asia
- Teaching of Bahasa Indonesia untuk Penutur Asing (Indonesian Language for Non-native Speakers) as Indonesia’s Soft Power
A synthesis and short Q and A will follow the presentations for each panel. Program subject to change without prior notice.
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- Attendance is first-come, first-served. The webinar can only accommodate 500. A live stream will be generated only if attendance exceeds 500. In this case, a link to the livestream will be posted on this page.
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- Questions may be typed via the Q&A panel. You may choose to remain anonymous. The moderator and/or the main speaker will choose from the questions and answer them during the Open Forum. Please note that time constraints may not allow us to answer all queries.
- The host(s) reserves the right to remove participants who send rude, inappropriate questions or messages.
The event is organized by Asian Center graduate students from the classes of Dean Joefe B. Santarita, PhD for the 1st Semester, A.Y. 2020-2021.