The 2020 US Election Results and Asia: Views from Indonesia and Vietnam


About the Webinar

The US presidential elections has been a closely watched affair not just for what it means for US politics but also what it portends for US foreign policy globally and towards Asia. For the countries in Southeast Asia, they will be closely watching US foreign policy in two particular aspects. One will be in terms of the changes and continuities in US foreign policy towards Southeast Asia in general and individual Southeast Asian countries in particular. Equally important will be the changes and continuities in US foreign policy towards key players in the region such as China, India and Japan which will in turn have a bearing on the orientation of countries in Southeast Asia. To shed light on this topic from the Southeast Asian perspective, we will have Dr Evan Laksmana from Indonesia and Dr Pham Cao Cuong from Vietnam sharing their initial impressions of the outcome of the US presidential elections, its likely impact on US foreign policy towards Asia and Southeast Asia, and the responses of their respective countries to expected changes and continuities in US foreign policy.

This webinar is supported by Konrad Adenauer Stiftung.

About the Speakers

Evan A. Laksmana is a senior researcher at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Jakarta, Indonesia. He has held visiting and research positions with the National Bureau of Asian Research, Sydney University’s Southeast Asia Centre, the Lowy Institute for International Policy, the German Marshall Fund of the United States and the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies in Singapore. His scholarly research has appeared in the Journal of Contemporary Asia, Asian Security, Asia Policy, Asian Politics & Policy, Defense & Security Analysis, Defence Studies, Contemporary Southeast Asia, Journal of the Indian Ocean Region, Harvard Asia Quarterly and others. His policy essays have been published by The New York Times, Washington Post, Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, South China Morning Post, East Asia Forum and others. He earned his MA and PhD in political science from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs as a Fulbright Presidential Scholar.

Pham Cao Cuong is a senior researcher and Vice President of the Vietnam Institute of Americas Studies (VIAS), Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences, Hanoi. Prior to joining to VIAS, Cuong was a researcher at the Institute for Southeast Asian Studies in Hanoi; Faculty Dean of Academy of Policy and Development (APD), Ministry of Planning and Investment; and Vice President of Nguyen Trai University. He obtained his PhD in Politics and International Relations at the University of New South Wales, Sydney in 2009. His current research focuses on US foreign policy, US-ASEAN relations; security Issues in Southeast Asia and US strategy towards the Asia-Pacific region.


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Nov 16 2020


10:00 am - 11:15 am