Rivalry and Resilience: ASEAN and Regional Order in the Indo-Pacific


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When: Jun 30 2021 - 9:00am until Jun 30 2021 - 10:30am
Where: Zoom Webinar

The East-West Center in Washington invites you to an
Indo-Pacific Foreign Policy and Defense Seminar and Book Launch:

Rivalry and Resilience:
 ASEAN and Regional Order in the Indo-Pacific


Dr. Amitav Acharya
Distinguished Professor of International Relations &
 UNESCO Chair in Transnational Challenges and Governance,
School of International Service, American University

H.E. Dr. Dino Patti Djalal (Discussant)
Senior Advisor,
The Asia Group

Dr.  Satu P. Limaye (Moderator)
Vice President, East-West Center &
Director, East-West Center in Washington

East-West Center in Washington · Rivalry and Resilience: ASEAN and Regional Order in the Indo-Pacific

The seminar drew on Dr. Amitav Acharya’s new book ASEAN and Regional Order: Revisiting Security Community in Southeast Asia (Routledge, 2021). This year marks the 20th anniversary of the first edition of Constructing A Security Community in Southeast Asia: ASEAN as the Problem of Regional Order, with two further editions in 2009 and 2014. The book has had considerable influence on the academic literature and policy initiatives and debates on ASEAN. This new book extends the analysis of the ASEAN story through its 50th anniversary in 2017 to the present. Since its creation in 1967, ASEAN has achieved much, while its internal divisions and missteps have led critics to announce its impending paralysis or collapse. The rapidly changing security environment in Southeast Asia requires a reevaluation of ASEAN’s ability to address old, new, and unforeseen challenges, such as the growing US-China rivalry, intra-ASEAN disputes, the future of “ASEAN centrality” in the Indo-Pacific, problems of human rights and democracy, and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. View Dr. Acharya's PowerPoint here


Amitav Acharya is Distinguished Professor of International Relations and the UNESCO Chair in Transnational Challenges and Governance at the School of International Service, American University, Washington, DC. Among his major works on Southeast Asia are: The Quest for Identity: International Relations of Southeast Asia (Oxford, 2000); Whose Ideas Matter: Agency and Power in Asian Regionalism (Cornell 2009, Honorable Mention, Bernard Schwarz Prize, Asia Society); The Making of Southeast Asia (Cornell 2013); Constructing a Security Community in Southeast Asia: ASEAN and the Problems of Regional Order, 3rd edition (Routledge 2014), and East of India, South of China: Sino-Indian Encounters in Southeast Asia (Oxford 2017). 

Ambassador Dino Patti Djalal is a Senior Advisor to The Asia Group, based in Indonesia. During his long and distinguished diplomatic career, Ambassador Djalal served as the Indonesian Ambassador to the United States, Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, and advisor to the President. He is also a one-time presidential candidate and an important figure in Indonesian civic and business life. With decades of experience at senior levels of Indonesian government and business, Ambassador Djalal provides strategic counsel for companies trying to navigate the complexities and opportunities of a rapidly changing Indonesia. From 2010 to 2013, Ambassador Djalal served as Indonesia’s Ambassador to the United States, during which time trade, bilateral investment, and defense cooperation between the two countries saw tremendous growth. Ambassador Djalal also played a key role in elevating the US-Indonesia bilateral relationship to a Comprehensive Partnership before returning to Jakarta to serve as Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs. Prior to serving as Ambassador, Djalal spent six years as Special Staff for International Affairs to then-President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. Serving as a spokesperson, speechwriter, and advisor to the President, Ambassador Djalal was influential in Indonesia’s foreign policy and served as Indonesia’s Sherpa to the G8. Joining the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1987, Ambassador Djalal also served as Director of the North American Affairs division and at postings in London, Dili, and Washington, DC. For his service to Indonesia, in 2014 Ambassador Djalal earned the Bintang Mahaputra Adiprana, the country’s highest medal for meritorious service. Beyond his career in the foreign ministry, Ambassador Djalal continues to be active in Indonesian political, civic, and business life. He is the founder of the Foreign Policy Community of Indonesia, the founder of the young leader activism group Modernisator, an Asia Fellow at the Milken Institute Asia Center, and the Chairman of the Board of Directors at World Resources Institute (WRI) Indonesia. He is also a best-selling author of nine books, most notably Harus Bisa. In 2019, Ambassador Djalal launched a digital marketplace app called Waqara that modernized Indonesia’s popular umrah travel agency ecosystem – becoming the first former Indonesian diplomat to be the CEO of a startup company. Ambassador Djalal received his bachelor’s degree in political science from Carleton University, his master’s in political science from Simon Fraser University, and his doctorate in international relations from the London School of Economics. He is married to Rosa Rai Djalal and has two children.

Satu P. Limaye is Vice President of the East-West Center and the Director of the East-West Center in Washington where he created and now directs the Asia Matters for America initiative and is the founding editor of 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 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. Recent publications include: “America’s ‘Pacific Principle’ in an Indivisible Pacific Islands Region,” (Asia-Pacific Bulletin); “Despite Stumbles, America’s Engagement with Southeast Runs Deep,” (Global Asia); Raging Waters: China, India, Bangladesh, and Brahmaputra Water Politics (Marine Corps University Press); and Russia’s Peripheral Relevance to US-Indo Pacific Relations (Center for the National Interest).

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