Event Highlights

Webinar on “The Party of Hardship: What Shaped Malaysia’s People Justice Party (PKR) from 1999 to 2022”


In this webinar, Mr James Chai shared his findings on the founding, evolution, and potential trajectories of Malaysia’s People’s Justice Party (PKR).


Seminar on “Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC): Building Bridges to Pursue Continued Economic Prosperity and Inclusive Growth amid Global Uncertainties”


In this hybrid seminar, Mr Carlos Kuriyama and Mr Emmanuel A. San Andres provided insights from recently concluded APEC meetings, including an analysis of the May 2024 issue of the APEC Regional Trend Analysis (ARTA). They also discussed key regional economic and trade-related trends.


Webinar on “Navigating Strategic Uncertainties: Vietnam’s Pursuit of Strategic Autonomy in a Changing World”


In this webinar, Dr Vu Le Thai Hoang introduced the concept of strategic autonomy as the utmost level of autonomy a state can achieve within a five-level framework. He also discussed measures Vietnam has undertaken to enhance its resilience and adaptability in an unpredictable future, especially amid great power competition.


Webinar on “Thailand’s Most Influential Mastermind, or Troubled Captive of His Own Complicated Fate”


Prof Ukrist Pathamanand (Institute of Asia Studies, Chulalongkorn University) and Dr Weera Wongsatjachok (Lecturer in Political Science and Public Administration, Naresuan University) discussed the phenomenon of influential former 2-time Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra following his return to Thailand after 17 years of self-exile.


Special ASEAN Roundtable on “ASEAN-Australia Relations for the Next 50 Years”


In this Special ASEAN Roundtable, panellists explored the depth and breadth of the ASEAN-Australia relationship over the last five decades, and discussed ways to enhance the partnership going forward, as well as contemporary issues and their implications on the region.


Webinar on “Myanmar’s Relations with Russia and China: Convenience or Co-optation”


In this webinar, two long-time experts discussed Russia and China’s interactions with Myanmar since the military coup in February 2021, and also shared their thoughts on bilateral relations in the present scenario.


Webinar on “Whither Institutional Reform in Malaysia?”


In this webinar, Dr Meredith Weiss shared her views on the state of institutional reform in Malaysia under the Pakatan Harapan-led Unity Government.


Webinar on “SME Participation in the Digital Economy: Thailand and Vietnam”


In this webinar, Juthathip Jongwanich and Nguyen Dinh Chuc shared their views on the state of SME participation in the digital economies of Thailand and Vietnam. They discussed some of the ongoing challenges facing SMEs in adopting digital technologies and offered policy recommendations for the digital transformation of SMEs in the two countries.


Seminar on ” Identifying Priority Sectors in the Blue Economy Development in Indonesia”


In this hybrid seminar, Dr. Amalia Adininggar Widyasanti shared greater insights on Indonesia’s blue economy programme and discussed policy implementations to facilitate further growth in this new sector.


Webinar on “Different Frontiers of Social Media War in Indonesian Election 2024” 


In this webinar, Dr Ismail Fahmi shared his analyses of social media strategies employed by the three Indonesian presidential candidates in the 2024 Election. Dr Ismail presented data retrieved from two most popular social media platforms in Indonesia, namely TikTok and X.