Launch of Latest ASEAN Matters for America/ America Matters for ASEAN

ASEAN Matters for America/America Matters for ASEAN is a project that maps the trade, investment, employment, business, diplomacy, security, education, tourism, and people-to-people ties between the United States and the 10 member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) at the national, state, and local levels. The publication, which forms part of the Asia Matters for America initiative, is a collaborative effort between the East-West Center in Washington, the US-ASEAN Business Council, and the ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute in Singapore.

The launch will include opening remarks from Mr Choi Shing Kwok (Director, ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute), Ambassador Michael W Michalak (Senior Vice President and Regional Managing Director, US-ASEAN Business Council) and Ms Dorthe Mikkelsen (President, Asia Pacific, MSD), one of the sponsors of the report. This will be followed by a presentation on the key findings from the latest edition of the report from Dr Satu Limaye (Vice President and Director of the East-West Center).

The launch will also feature a panel discussion by Ambassador Michael W Michalak (US-ASEAN Business Council), Mr Rafik Mansour (U.S. Embassy in Singapore), and Professor Joseph Liow Chin Yong (Nanyang Technological University) on the state of US-ASEAN/Southeast Asia relations.

About the speakers

Ambassador Michael W Michalak joined the US-ASEAN Business Council in September 2015 as Senior Vice President and Regional Managing Director. He oversees the Council’s six offices in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) from the Council’s regional headquarters in Singapore, and leads the Council’s regional advocacy efforts and engages regularly with key ASEAN policymakers and thought leaders to offer his unique perspective on the key role U.S. businesses can play in ASEAN.

A career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, Chargé d’Affaires Mr Rafik Mansour arrived in Singapore in July 2019. He oversees the 19 U.S. government agencies represented in Singapore, working to strengthen our bilateral ties ranging from security cooperation to our robust economic relationship. Prior to his assignment to Singapore, he served as Deputy Chief of Mission and Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. of the U.S. Embassy in Yerevan, Armenia.

Professor Joseph Liow Chin Yong is Tan Kah Kee Chair in Comparative and International Politics at Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. He is Professor and former Dean at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, and currently Dean of College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences at NTU Singapore. He held the inaugural Lee Kuan Yew Chair in Southeast Asia Studies at the Brookings Institution, Washington DC, where he was also a Senior Fellow in the Foreign Policy Program.

Launch programme: Tentative Programme attached here.


Update on 19 September 2019 – Registration is now closed due to overwhelming response.  Thank you for the support!


Sep 27 2019


9:30 am - 12:00 pm


ISEAS Seminar Room 2