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Asian Perspectives: Prospects and Challenges to ASEAN Regional Integration by 2015

9:00 to 11:30 a.m.

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is changing the regional landscape as it works towards creating a political, economic, and social/cultural community by 2015. ASEAN is also engaged in reaching out to other countries in the Asia-Pacific, including the United States, but the notion of ASEAN centrality and ASEAN as a hub is questioned by critics. Reforms in Myanmar have immediate implications for the Southeast Asian region, and for ASEAN as Myanmar will serve as the grouping’s Chair for the first time in 2014. What deliverables will come from the East Asia Summit (EAS) to be held this October 8th and 9th in Brunei? What can countries such as China, Australia, and the United States contribute to strengthen community building in ASEAN, and the Asia-Pacific more broadly?

Featured speakers will have addressed the ASEAN Studies Center at American University’s “United States, ASEAN, and East Asia Summit Strategic Dialogue Symposium.” Following the symposium, these distinguished speakers will discuss various aspects of what Asians believe are the challenges and opportunities to strengthening ASEAN and achieving regional integration in the coming years.

Mr. Kavi Chongkittavorn, Senior Research Fellow, Institute for Security and International Studies (ISIS), Thailand;

Dr. Tin Maung Maung Than, Senior Fellow, Institute for Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore;

Mr. Trinh Le Nguyen, Executive Director, PanNature, Vietnam;

Dr. Wei Ling, Director of East Asian Studies, China Foreign Affairs University;

Mr. Edmund Sim, Partner, Appleton Luff International Lawyers and Adjunct Professor, National University of Singapore Law School;

With comments by Mr. Graham Fletcher, Deputy Chief of Mission; and Mr. Chris Tinning, Minister Counsellor (Development), Embassy of Australia.

Please RSVP to Ms. Ellie Matthews at ematthews@asiafound-dc.org or call 202-588-9420.

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