Professor Saw Swee Hock and LSE's Pro-Director shaking hands

LSE Southeast Asia Forum 2016

The inaugural LSE SEAF took place on 13th May 2016 and attracted a large, high-profile audience for a full day of panel discussions and keynote lectures.

The keynote speakers H.E. Dr Rizal Sukma, the Ambassador of the Republik of Indonesia to the UK, and H.E. Sayakane Sisouvoung, the Ambassador of the Lao People's Democratic Republic to the UK, talked about a post-ASEAN regional order in East Asia and the priorities of Laos’ ASEAN chairmanship in 2016 respectively. The three expert panels at LSE SEAF 2016 focused on ASEAN Security, religion in Southeast Asia, and the issues of inclusion and exclusion in the regional development context.

In addition, as part of LSE SEAC’s student engagement initiatives, a fourth panel was organised in collaboration with the LSESU ASEAN Society to showcase the knowledge and opinions of LSE students on ASEAN related issues. In the panel, the three winners of the poster competition ASEAN Horizons shared their ideas for ASEAN’s future prospects.


8:00-8:45 Registration and Breakfast 
8:45-9:00 Opening Remarks and Presentation of Award to Professor Saw Swee Hock
Paul Kelly, Pro-Director for Teaching and Learning at LSE
9:00-9:50 Morning Keynote Lecture 
Rizal Sukma, H.E. The Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia to the UK
9:55-11:25 Panel I - ASEAN Security

Chair: Jurgen Haacke (LSE SEAC)
Panellists: Joern Dosch (University of Rostock)
The ASEAN Political-Security Community: just a side show?
Bill Hayton (BBC, Chatham House)
ASEAN and the South China Sea - Only Good on Paper?
Thitinan Pongsudhirak (Chulalongkorn University)
Together and Apart: where ASEAN meets Southeast Asia
Rapporteur: Benjamin Ho (LSE) 
11:25-11:50 Tea and Coffee
11:50-13:20 Panel II - Religion in Southeast Asia

Chair: James Tang (Singapore Management University)

Panellists: Mustafa Izzuddin (ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute
Making Sense of Muslim Politics in Contemporary Malaysia
Kirsten Schulze (LSE SEAC)
Indonesians and ISIS: push-factors and pull-factors
Khin Mar Mar Kyi (University of Oxford)
Religion, Identity and Democracy in Burma
Rapporteur: Judith Jacob (LSE)
13:20-14:20 Lunch
14:20-15:20           Panel III - ASEAN Horizons 

Chair: Felicia Yap (LSE)

Panellists: Pearl Yip (LSE) 
The Potential of Technology in ASEAN 
Ying Zhao (LSE) 
ASEAN Horizons: security 
Cheryl Tham (LSE) 
ASEAN: have we arrived? Inclusive Growth & Development
15:20-15:50 Tea and Coffee
15:50-17:20 Panel IV - Inclusion and Exclusion in Southeast Asia 

Chair: Bussawaran (Puk) Teerawichitchainan (Singapore Management University) 

Panellists: Catherine Allerton (LSE SEAC)
Children of Migrants in Sabah, Malaysia 
Augusto Gatmaytan (Ateneo de Davao University) Indigenous Rights in Mindanao 
Alice Nah (University of York) 
Human Rights Defenders in Indonesia 
Giulio Ongaro (LSE) 
Akha Identity in Laos 
Rapporteur: Dorothy Ferary (UCL)
17:25-18:15 Evening Keynote Lecture 
Sayakane Sisouvong, H.E. The Ambassador of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic to the UK
18:15-18:30 Closing Remarks
Danny Quah, Director of LSE SEAC
18:30-19:30 Drinks Reception


Panel summaries

Summaries from Panel I and Panel IV are available here:

Panel I — ASEAN Security

Panel IV — Inclusion and Exclusion in Southeast Asia


Photos and Storify

Photos from the LSE Southeast Asia Forum 2016 can be viewed here.

The LSE Southeast Asia Forum Storify can be viewed here.