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Malaysia and the Philippines: Can They Be Good Neighbors and Model ASEAN Partners?

Event: November 21, 2014

A discussion co-sponsored by The Asia Foundation in cooperation with the Malaysia-America Society

Washington, DC

9:30 – 11:00 am


Dr. Steven Rood, Country Representative in the Philippines, The Asia Foundation

Eduardo Lachica, Malaysia-America Society

Separated by only the Sulu Sea, Malaysia and the Philippines have a long history of diplomatic relations. Steven Rood, The Asia Foundation’s country representative in Manila, and Eduardo Lachica of the Malaysia-America Society will explore the recent history and prospects for future cooperation in a co-sponsored discussion. Can the two countries overcome the rocky and refuting claims over the state of Sabah? How has Malaysia’s role as head of the International Monitoring Team in Mindanao impacted the countries’ relationship and improved conditions in Mindanao? How might the outcomes of the 2016 presidential election in the Philippines effect political and economic cooperation?

Steven Rood has served as The Asia Foundation’s country representative for the Philippines and Pacific Island Nations since 1999. In the Philippines, Dr. Rood oversees a robust program that work with a variety of local partners to promote better governance to support economic growth, strengthen the rule of law, and foster peace and development in Mindanao. From 2009-2013 he observed negotiations between the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front as the Foundation’s representative on the International Contact Group. Since 2013 he has been a member of the Third Party Monitoring Team, overseeing the implementation of agreements.

Eduardo Lachica is a former foreign affairs and international trade reporter for The Wall Street Journal and The Asian Wall Street Journal. While based in Tokyo, he wrote on Southeast Asian affairs for other newspapers including The Financial Times, The Australian and The South China Morning Post. He is the co-author of a 2009 monograph on the U.S.-Indonesia Security Relationship and is working on a book about the collective experience of the Greater Malay nations and how their cooperation could be key to the success of the ASEAN Economic Community.

As seating is limited, please RSVP by Wednesday, November 19 to Ms. Ellie Matthews at [email protected] or by calling 202-588-9420.

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