Regional Outlook Forum 2021 – DAY 1

About the Regional Outlook Forum

The Regional Outlook Forum (ROF), ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute’s flagship event held at the beginning of each year, will take place in a month’s time on the 6th and 7th of January 2021.

Themed “POWER, POLICY AND POLITICS IN A POST-COVID WORLD”, ROF 2021 will examine key dynamics at the regional and national level, informed by two far- reaching global events – the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and the outcome of the 2020 US Presidential Election. At the national level, the impact of the COVID pandemic as well as the strategic US-China competition will intersect with underlying and unfolding domestic dynamics.

The ROF has also had to adapt to the COVID pandemic. In order to comply with current public health and safety practices, while also keeping our commitment to vigorous discussion, ROF2021 will be delivered over two half-day sessions online.

We invite you to attend the forum and to contribute to the discussion.

More info available on the Event website.

Managing US-China Tensions: The New Normal?

Professor Dong Wang
Professor and Executive Director
Institute for Global Cooperation and Understanding, Peking University, China

Dr Zack Cooper
Research Fellow
Foreign and Defense Policy, American Enterprise Institute, United States

Mr Shivshankar Menon
Visiting Professor
International Relations, Ashoka University, India

Vietnam in 2021: Looking Beyond the CPV’s 13th Congress

Amb Ton Nu Thi Ninh
HCMC Peace and Development Foundation, Vietnam

Mr Nguyen Xuan Thanh
Senior Lecturer, Fulbright University Vietnam
Senior Fellow, Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard University

Protests and Pandemic: Challenges to Thailand’s Political and Economic Orders

Dr Pitch Pongsawat
Assistant Professor, Director of the MA program in Government, and Associate Dean
of the Faculty of Political Science
Chulalongkorn University

Dr Kirida Bhaopichitr
Director, Economic Intelligence Service
Thailand Development Research Institute


Please register for ROF 2021 here. To help defray the cost of organising the ROF this year, we are asking that all registrants make a contribution of $50 per participant in one of the following forms by 28 December 2020:

•   A direct online donation of at least $50 to the ISEAS Research Funds on line via this link (these donations are tax deductible for Singapore taxpayers), or

•   An online purchase of at least $50 from ISEAS e-book shop which is accessible here.

Please use the same email address in registering and making your contribution so that the two can be correlated.

Please feel free to contact Ms Yang Yi Zhuang at 67780955 or email: if you require further information regarding registration, payment and other administrative details.


Jan 06 2021


9:00 am - 1:20 pm