Covid-19 horizontal and vertical policy coordination: Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand


About the Webinar

COVID-19 responses have called for coordination in two dimensions. Horizontally, government departments in different domains – especially those overseeing finance, health, industry, education and labour – have had to align their information, communication and actions. Vertically, national and sub-national governments have been summoned to interact and cooperate in new ways.

The geographic and political diversity of Southeast Asian countries have translated into significant variations in coordination. This webinar, which is the second webinar of an ISEAS’ “COVID-19 Impact and Response in Southeast Asia” research project, will consider the experience of Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand, which display differing levels of centralisation and contrasting forms of federalism, and specific administrative structures. Our speakers will survey and analyse the coordination aspects of COVID-19 responses.

This webinar is supported by Konrad Adenauer Stiftung.

About the Speakers

Yanuar Nugroho is a Visiting Senior Fellow at ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute. He is also co-founder and advisor to the Jakarta-based Centre for Innovation Policy and Governance (CIPG) and Honorary Research Fellow at the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research, UK. He was Deputy Chief of Staff to the President at the Executive Office of the President of Indonesia (2015-2019) and Director and Special Advisor to the Head of Indonesian President’s Delivery Unit for Development Monitoring and Oversight (2012-2014).

Sofie Syarief is a journalist, working as a news anchor/talk show host and executive producer for Kompas TV, one of Indonesia’s popular news channels. Although expected to cover large varieties of news, she specialises in politics, democracy, policy, and law and order. She has also been co-writing analytical pieces as an independent researcher within those subjects.

Tricia Yeoh is the CEO of the Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS), Kuala Lumpur. She is a PhD Candidate at the University of Nottingham Malaysia, studying subnational opposition politics in dominant party authoritarian regimes. She is the author of “States of Reform: Governing Selangor and Penang“, editor of “The Road to Reform: Pakatan Rakyat in Selangor” and has published several policy papers for IDEAS. She was also a Southeast Asia Research Group (SEAREG) Fellow 2020.

Punchada Sirivunnabood is Visiting Fellow in the ISEAS Thailand Studies Programme and an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Mahidol University, Bangkok. With James Ockey, she is preparing a book manuscript on stability, change, institutionalisation and evolution in the Thai political-party system.


This webinar will be delivered online entirely. You can join the webinar at the specified date and time using devices (computer, phone, or tablet) with internet connection.

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Oct 18 2021


10:00 am - 11:30 am