Webinar “ASEAN - Australia - New Zealand Roundtable: Effective Diplomacy in the COVID Era”

10:00 22/07/2020

Date: Wednesday 22 July 2020

Time: 3.30pm-5.15pm (NZL); 11.30am-1.15pm (KLU/SIN); 1.30pm-3.15pm (MEL); 10.30am-12.15pm (BKK/JAK/HAN)

The roundtable brings seven scholars and policy experts from across ASEAN, Australia and New Zealand for discussions over the course of 2 hours.

The experts analysed the impacts of COVID-19 on the global and regional affairs in terms of international politics, security, economy and diplomacy. The discussion also focused on how small and middle powers (including ASEAN) can use their influence strategically to shape global order in a COVID-19 environment. The experts agreed that ASEAN together with Australia and New Zealand should work toward cooperation frameworks, particularly for the post- COVID-19 recovery.

Host and MC: Mr Simon Draper, Executive Director, Asia New Zealand Foundation

Lead Discussants:

  • Prof Simon Tay, Chairman of the Singapore Institute of International Affairs (also Chair of the ASEAN ISIS-Network);
  • Prof Thitinan Pongsudhirak, Faculty of Political Science, Chulalongkorn University; Director of the ISIS Thailand
  • Mr Simon Murdoch CNZM, Former New Zealand Foreign Secretary; Deputy Chair of the Asia New Zealand Foundation Board; Standing Committee member of the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs
  • Mr John McCarthy AO, Senior Advisor, Asialink; Former Australian ambassador to the USA, Indonesia, Japan, Thailand, Vietnam and Mexico, and high commissioner to India; and former national president of the Australian Institute of International Affairs.
  • Dr Shafiah Muhibat, Head of Department of International Relations, Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Indonesia
  • Mr Calvin Cheng, Analyst in the Economics, Trade and Regional Integration, ISIS Malaysia
  • Dr Le Dinh Tinh, Director-General of the Institute for Policy Studies, Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam

Closing Remarks: Ms Penny Burtt, Group CEO, Asialink

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