The 20th ASEAN Lecture: How to Think about the Indo-Pacific?
About the Seminar
The Indo-Pacific is a concept that holds multiple meanings. These uncertainties have not prevented Indo-Pacific from progressively becoming part of the regional discourse. ASEAN has also proclaimed its Outlook on Indo-Pacific at the 34th ASEAN Summit, a document which is read by many as differentiating the regional organisation’s position from those of the major Indo-Pacific proponents. Mr. Bilahari Kausikan will share his perspective on why this new concept developed, how ASEAN ought to view the Indo-Pacific, and how ASEAN should position itself in this nascent strategic concept.
About the Speaker
Mr. Bilahari Kausikan is currently Chairman of the Middle East Institute, an autonomous institute of the National University of Singapore. He has spent his entire career in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs before retiring as Ambassador-at-Large in 2018. During his 37 years in the Ministry, he served in a variety of appointments at home and abroad, including as the Second Permanent Secretary and Permanent Secretary. Raffles Institution, the University of Singapore and Columbia University in New York all attempted to educate him.