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Asia-Pacific Center for ASEAN-Indian Studies: The 3rd ASEAN-ROK Think Tank Strategic Dialogue Upload Date 2021-11-11 Hits 3130
On November 11th, 2021, Center for ASEAN-Indian Studies of the Institute of Foreign Affairs and National Security (IFANS) of the Korea National Diplomatic Academy (KNDA) organized the 2021 ASEAN-ROK Think Tank Strategic Dialogue under the theme of “New Southern Policy and ASEAN-ROK Partnership: Looking Back and Moving Forward.”
 

This year's dialogue brought together eminent scholars and experts from the ASEAN-ISIS to share their views on various topics. Participants shared their perspectives on the unfolding international and regional dynamics and their multifaceted implications for regional countries; the role of the New Southern Policy (NSP) in advancing Korea-ASEAN relations; and ways to move ASEAN-ROK partnership forward in the future. Experts from ASEAN gave positive feedback on the achievements of the NSP in advancing the ROK-ASEAN partnership over the past four years, and stressed the importance of forging a stronger partnership in the years ahead.

*The ASEAN-ISIS is an association of think tanks from across Southeast Asia, and its members are as follows: 

• Laos: Institute of Foreign Affairs, IFA
• Malaysia: Institute for Strategic and International Studies, ISIS Malaysia
• Myanmar: Myanmar Institute for Strategic and International Studies, MISIS
• Brunei: Center for Strategic and Policy Studies, CSPS
• Vietnam: Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam, DAV
• Singapore: Singapore Institute of International Affairs, SIIA
• Indonesia: Centre for Strategic and International Studies, CSIS Indonesia
• Cambodia: Cambodian Institute for Cooperation and Peace, CICP
• Thailand: Institute of Security and International Studies, ISIS Thailand
• The Philippines: Asia Pacific Pathways to Progress Foundation Inc., APPPFI 

In his opening remarks, KNDA Chancellor HONG Hyun-Ik said countries in the region have strong motivations to create new coalitions, alignments and movements to deal with many unprecedented challenges at all fronts, such as the intensifying US-China strategic rivalry, climate change, the coronavirus pandemic, rapid digitalization and supply-chain disruptions. 

 



ASEAN-ISIS chair Dr. Thitinan Pongsudhirak pointed out that with the constantly changing dynamics in the region, including the Myanmar coup and the newly established AUKUS pact between Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States, ASEAN centrality is being challenged. He also highlighted the importance of ASEAN working together with Korea, a long-established middle power, to navigate the bloc’s way forward. 

List of Participants

 * Korean side
 - KNDA: Dr. HONG Hyunik (Chancellor of KNDA), Dr. CHOE Wongi (Professor and Head of 
Center for ASEAN-Indian Studies), Dr. CHO Wondeuk (Research Professor), Mr. LEE 
Sanghoon (Researcher)
 - Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Ms. CHUNG Eui-hae (Director General, Bureau of ASEAN and Southeast 
Asian Affairs)

 * ASEAN side
 - Thailand: Dr. Thitinan Pongsudhirak (Professor and Director, Institute of Security and 
International Studies (ISIS-Thailand)) 
 - Indonesia: Mr. Andrew Mantong (Researcher, Centre for Strategic and International 
Studies (CSIS))
 - Philippines: Mr. Lucio Blanco Pitlo III (Research Fellow, Asia-Pacific Pathways to Progress 
Foundation, Inc. (APPFI))
 - Vietnam: Dr. Nguyen Thi Bich Ngoc (Director, Center for Foreign Policy and Regional 
Studies, Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam (DAV))
 - Malaysia: Dr. Hoo Chiew-Ping (Senior Lecturer, National University of Malaysia 
(UKM) and Institute of Strategic and International Studies 
(ISIS-Malaysia))
 - Singapore: Ms. Lee Chen Chen (Associate Director and Senior Fellow, Singapore 
Institute of International Affairs (SIIA))
 - Cambodia: Amb. Pou Sothirak (Executive Director, Cambodian Institute for Cooperation and 
Peace (CICP))
 - Lao PDR: Amb. Mai SAYAVONGS (Director General, Institute of Foreign Affairs 
(IFA))
 - Myanmar: Mr. U Ba Hla Aye (Member, Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS-Myanmar)) 
 - Brunei Darussalam: Ms. Chan Chee Leong (First Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Brunei Darussalam), Mr. Lim Hung Ming (Second Secretary)




 
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