The 2020 US Election Results and Asia: Views from the Philippines and Malaysia


About the Webinar

The US presidential election 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 Charmaine Misalucha-Willoughby from the Philippines and Mr Shahriman Lockman from Malaysia 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.

The webinar is supported by Konrad Adenauer Stiftung.

About the Speakers

Dr Charmaine Misalucha-Willoughby is Associate Professor in the International Studies Department of De La Salle University. Her areas of specialization are ASEAN’s external relations, security cooperation, and critical international relations theory. She was a Joint Fellow in the Institute of East Asian Studies and the Käte Hamburger Kolleg Centre for Global Cooperation Research at the University of Duisburg-Essen in Germany, an Advanced Security Cooperation Fellow (ASC15-2) at the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies in Honolulu, a Visiting Research Fellow under a Japan Foundation grant in the Osaka School of International Public Policy at Osaka University in Japan, and a recipient of the inaugural US-ASEAN Fulbright Program in the School of International Service at American University in Washington, DC.

Shahriman Lockman is a Fellow in the Foreign Policy and Security Studies Division of the Institute of Strategic and International Studies, Malaysia. His research interests include Malaysian foreign and defence policies, Southeast Asian maritime security affairs, and Malaysia-China relations, including in the context of the South China Sea. He also manages the institute’s China Engagement Initiative, which promotes Track 2 dialogue between Malaysia and China. Shahriman was a consultant to the Ministry of Defence on Malaysia’s inaugural Defence White Paper (2019), specifically on budgeting and implementation issues. He was also Malaysia’s representative in an academic assessment of common security challenges impacting the Five Power Defence Arrangements (FPDA) nations for the period 2020-2031 for the FPDA Policy Group (FPG). Shahriman is a member of the Malaysian chapter of the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific (CSCAP). He has a Master of Strategic Affairs from the Australian National University


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Nov 23 2020


3:00 pm - 4:15 pm