Asia Foundation’s John Brandon Speaks at “ASEAN@50” Conference

Washington, DC, September 25, 2017 — On September 15, The Asia Foundation’s senior director of Regional Cooperation Programs, John Brandon, presented a lecture, “United States—Southeast Asia Relations in a New Administration,” at Northern Illinois University. He also moderated and served as a panel discussant at the “ASEAN@50” conference on September 18. Co-sponsored by the Center for Southeast Asian Studies at NIU and the Indonesian Consulate in Chicago, the conference examined diplomatic perspectives on ASEAN, the importance of China in Southeast Asia, human rights, the South China Sea, and leadership tensions in the region. In addition, he shared recommendations from the Foundation’s signature foreign policy initiative, Asian Views on America’s Role in Asia: The Future of the Rebalance.

Photo: NIU Center for Southeast Asian Studies

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the 40th anniversary of the United States being a dialogue partner with ASEAN. Diplomatic representation at the “ASEAN@50” conference included Indonesian Consul General Rosmalawati Chalid, Philippines Consul General Generoso D.G. Calonge, and Thai Consul General Saksee Phromyothi. The speakers highlighted ASEAN’s strengths, citing the region’s economic strength, potential for investment, and the growing human capital.

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