E-Launch and Discussion of “the State of Southeast Asia: 2021” Survey Report


About the Survey and Webinar

The strategic geo-political spheres in Southeast Asia and the wider region are undergoing fundamental shifts. Yet, there is little understanding, and even less agreement on their implications and the region’s response to these new dynamics. The world is confronting one of the most difficult challenges since World War II with the most disruptive pandemic impacts going beyond health and matters of well-being that put every sector of the ASEAN Community to the test.

Against this backdrop, the ASEAN Studies Centre at ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute conducted the third edition of ‘‘The State of Southeast Asia 2021” survey to seek the views of Southeast Asian opinion leaders on regional affairs. The survey canvassed the views of 1,032 respondents who are regional experts and stakeholders from the policy, research, business, civil society, and media communities. Among the questions explored in this edition are the top challenges facing Southeast Asia; the COVID-19 pandemic; the South China Sea; the Mekong region; the region’s views and levels of trust regarding the major powers; ASEAN’s role and relevance; the geo-economics and regional integration; the US-China rivalry and impact on Southeast Asia, and soft power. The E-launch event will present some of the major survey findings, which will be highlighted for discussion and analysis by a distinguished panel of speakers.

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About the Speakers

Dr Dewi Fortuna Anwar is Co-Founder of Foreign Policy Community of Indonesia (FPCI)

Professor Joseph Chinyong Liow is Dean of College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

Mr Walter Lohman is Director of the Asian Studies Center at The Heritage Foundation, Washington, D.C.

Dr Chen Ding Ding is Professor of International Relations, Associate Dean of the Institute for 21st-Century Silk Road Studies at Jinan University, China.


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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For the best experience, please mute your microphone. If you have questions for the speaker, please key in your questions via the Q&A, stating your name and affiliation. The moderator will field them to the speaker during the Q&A session.


Feb 10 2021


9:00 am - 11:00 am