Understanding the Drivers of Change in a Disrupted World

The Forum will explore the forces that are driving the global tectonic shifts in world affairs and discuss their implications for Southeast Asia. The far-reaching impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on global health, trade, finance and politics is still running its course, even as the fresh shocks of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on global energy and food security are exacerbating the economic and financial stress on many debt-laden countries across the globe.

All of this is taking place amidst intensifying US-China strategic rivalry which has expanded into critical arenas such as technology and supply chains; and has significantly raised risks of an unintended conflict over Taiwan and in the South China Sea. At the same time, existential risks surrounding climate change and the technological advances ushering in the 4th Industrial Revolution have not abated.

These are the drivers which can disrupt and reshape not only the global economic order, but more fundamentally, long-cherished paradigms about identity, religion and political ideology. For Southeast Asia, these forces of change portend significant risks to political and economic stability, social cohesion and prospects for growth and development.



Mr George Yeo

Former Minister for Foreign Affairs, Singapore; Visiting Scholar, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore

Dr Anies Baswedan

Former Governor of Jakarta, Republic of Indonesia

Dr Ashley J. Tellis

Tata Chair for Strategic Affairs, Senior Fellow, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, USA

Professor Ardeth Maung Thawnghmung

Professor, Political Science Department, University of Massachusetts Lowell


Registration information

Registration for ROF2023 is now open until 3 January 2023. Early bird promotion ends on 30 November 2022.


10 January 2023
Shangri-La Singapore
22 Orange Grove Road
258350 Singapore
+65 6778 0955