Ebb & Flow, Disruption & Change: Key Issues on the Minds of Asian Editors


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When: Mar 18 2019 - 10:00am until Mar 18 2019 - 11:00am
Where: 1819 L St NW, Suite 600, Washington, DC 20036

Ebb & Flow, Disruption & Change: Key Issues on the Minds of Asian Editors

An Indo-Pacific Foreign Policy and Defense Seminar featuring:

Ms. Sheryl Shum (Opening Remarks)
Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of the Republic of Singapore

Warren Fernandez
Editor-in-Chief, English/Malay/Tamil Media, Singapore Press Holdings and
Editor, The Straits Times

Dr. Satu Limaye (Moderator)
Director, East-West Center in Washington

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Major change in regional power dynamics will pose difficult challenges for Asia in the years ahead. China is rising and the United States is reasserting its dominance, while other players like Japan, India, and ASEAN are also seeking to boost their Left to right: Warren Fernandez and Dr. Satu Limayeinfluence. This dynamic of shifting power positions comes at a time of major technological change, as well as the pressing need to tackle the common challenge of global warming. This seminar will feature perspectives from a Singaporean representative to the United States on Singapore’s reaction to this changing dynamic and an Asian editor's perspective of what is most on the minds of many newsrooms in Asia.

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Ms. Sheryl Shum currently serves as Deputy Chief of Mission at the Singapore Embassy. Prior to this assignment, she served as Political Counsellor at the Embassy, where she took charge of the Embassy’s congressional outreach and covered other policy issues. Before moving to Washington in February 2014, she was Deputy Director (Special Projects) of the Southeast Asia I Directorate in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA). There, she led a team that handled boundary negotiations and territorial disputes with Malaysia and Indonesia, as well as other maritime issues. Sheryl joined the MFA in 2005, and was appointed to the Singapore Administrative Service in 2012. During her career, she served as Second Secretary (Political), then First Secretary (Political) at the High Commission of Singapore in Kuala Lumpur from 2008 – 2009. Sheryl received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and International Studies (2005) from the University of Chicago.

Warren Fernandez is Editor-in-Chief of English/Malay/Tamil Media in Singapore Press Holdings. He is also Editor of The Straits Times, Singapore’s biggest selling English daily newspaper. He joined the paper in 1990 as a political reporter and rose to become News Editor. He later also served as Foreign Editor and Deputy Editor. He left to join Royal Dutch Shell in 2008 as a Global Manager for its Future Energy project, before returning to the paper in February 2012 as its editor. He graduated with First Class Honours from Oxford University, where he read Philosophy, Politics and Economics, and also has a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. Both degrees were obtained on Singapore Press Holdings scholarships. Currently he is a board member of the National Parks Board (NParks), National Heritage Board (NHB), SPH (Overseas) Ltd, Straits Times Press Pte Ltd, The Straits Times Press (1975) Limited, World Editors Forum (WEF), Asia News Network (ANN), Singapore Symphony Group (SSO) and Chairman of The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund.

Satu Limaye is the Director of the East-West Center in Washington where he created and now directs the Asia Matters for America initiative and edits the Asia Pacific Bulletin. He is also a Senior Advisor at CNA Corp (Center for Naval Analyses) and Senior Fellow on Asia History and Policy at the Foreign Policy Institute at Paul H. Nitze School of International Studies (SAIS). He is a magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Georgetown University and received his doctorate from Oxford University (Magdalen College) where he was a George C. Marshall Scholar. Dr. Limaye publishes and presents on a range of Indo-Pacific issues. Recent publications include: The Indian Ocean in Japan’s Free and Open Indo-Pacific Policies (forthcoming); Russia's Peripheral Relevance to US-Indo Pacific Relations (forthcoming); Why ASEAN is Here to Stay and What that Means for the US; America’s 2016 Election Debate on Asia Policy and Asian Reactions (with Robert Sutter); The United States-Japan Alliance and Southeast Asia: Meeting Regional Demands; and Weighted West: The Indian Navy’s New Maritime Strategy, Capabilities, and Diplomacy.

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