Event Highlights

Seminar on Does Urbanization Equal Development in Myanmar? by Dr Jayde Lin Roberts


The Myanmar Studies Programme at the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute, in collaboration with the ISEAS Regional Socio-Cultural Studies Programme, invited Dr Jayde Lin Roberts, a lecturer at the University of Tasmania currently living in Yangon as a U.S.Fulbright Fellow for Burma/Myanmar, to  share her insights on Myanmar’s urbanisation and its relation to ideas about national development.


Seminar-Cum-Book Launch for “The Rise of China and the Chinese Overseas”


Dr Leo Suryadinata, Visiting Senior Fellow at the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute launched his recently published book, The Rise of China and the Chinese Overseas: Beijing’s Changing Policy in Southeast Asia and Beyond (ISEAS), on 2 March 2017. The Guest of Honour and the speaker for the Book Launch cum Seminar was Professor Wang Gungwu, a leading historian on China and the Chinese overseas.


Roundtable on Myanmar’s Media Landscape: Changes and Challenges


The roundtable discussion discussed the contours of the changing media landscape in Myanmar, and the challenges going forward.


Seminar on Malaysia’s Religious Interaction with Saudi Arabia


Religious interaction is one of the significant elements in Malaysia-Saudi Arabia relations. There are two important features in Malaysia’s religious interaction with Saudi Arabia. Click on to read more about this seminar.


Seminar on “Elektabilitas” Politics and the 2017 Local Elections: quo vadis Indonesia’s Party System?


This presentation reviewed the recent elections for governors, district heads and mayors, looking in particular at the relationship between parties and their most prominent candidates, usually chosen for “electability” above all else. The recent gubernatorial election in Jakarta was a major focus of the presentation, along with references to other areas.


Seminar: A 500 Years ‘Cosmic Ritual’: The Cremation of a Royal Corpse in Thailand


This talk prepared us to what we may expect later in the year in Bangkok where a more than 500 year tradition is expected to be adhered to.


ASEAN Lecture by Mr Iman Pambagyo on “The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP): Progress, Challenges and Outlook”


Mr Iman Pambagyo, Director-General for International Trade Negotiations, Ministry of Trade, Republic of Indonesia delivered a Lecture titled “The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP): Progress, Challenges and Outlook” at the ASEAN Lecture Series organised by the ASEAN Studies Centre.


Seminar on “Contending Paradigms of Japanese Diplomacy”



Professor Yoshihide Soeya from Keio University, Faculty of Law, delivered a Lecture on “Contending Paradigms of Japanese Diplomacy” at the Institute


Seminar-Cum-Book Launch: Thaipusam in Malaysia: A Hindu Festival in the Tamil Diaspora


The Hindu festival of Thaipusam at Batu Caves outside Kuala Lumpur has become the largest single gathering of any religious festival in Malaysia, and is believed to be the most significant Hindu festival to be held outside India.


Seminar: Is Thailand Ripe for Liberalism?


Aiming to add one small piece to the larger regional jigsaw, this talk answered some basic questions about liberalism in Thailand. Does Thailand have a liberal tradition? To what extent have Western liberal thinkers captured the imagination of Thai intellectuals? Is Thailand now ripe for liberalism?