Climbing the Summits: ASEAN, America, and the Future of Asia

RSVP Required by 5PM on September 29

H.E. Dino Patti Djalal - Indonesian Ambassador to the US
H.E. Datuk Othman Hashim - Malaysian Ambassador to the US
H.E. Jose Cuisia, Jr. - Philippine Ambassador to the US
H.E. Ashok Kumar Mirpuri - Singaporean Ambassador to the US
H.E. Nguyen Quoc Cuong - Vietnamese Ambassador to the US
Alexander Feldman - President of the US-ASEAN Business Council
Donald K. Emmerson (moderator) - Director, Southeast Asia Forum, Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center at Stanford University

From 18 to 20 November 2012 Phnom Penh in Cambodia will be the summit capital of the world. President Obama and the heads of nearly 20 other countries will gather there for a series of high-level meetings organized by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Events will include the ASEAN Summit, the ASEAN Plus Three Summit, and the East Asia Summit (EAS). Obama will attend the EAS and the US-ASEAN Leaders Summit as well.

Here at Stanford the issues at stake in these summits will be assessed in conversation among the ambassadors to the United States from five ASEAN member countries—Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, and Viet Nam—and the president of the US-ASEAN Business Council. How will the ASEAN Community planned for 2015 affect economy, security, and democracy in Southeast Asia? What are China’s intentions in East Asia?  How should ASEAN respond to Chinese behavior? Will a Code of Conduct in the South China Sea be announced in Phnom Penh? What can we expect from Indonesia’s leadership of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum in 2013? Is protectionism in Southeast Asia on the rise? Has Europe’s recent experience discredited economic regionalism? Is the US-backed Trans-Pacific Strategic Economic Partnership (TPP) good or bad for Southeast Asia? Should the controversial American “rebalance” toward Asia be rebalanced? How reversible are the reforms in Myanmar (Burma)? What changes inside ASEAN will make the organization more effective? What is the single change in US policy that each ambassador would most like to see?

Monday, October 01, 2012 | 4:30 pm — 6:00 pm
Bechtel Conference Center, Encina Hall, 1st floor

Freeman-Spogli Institute (FSI)