(TBC) Visit to RSIS by the Science and Technology Committee of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly
SAP Closed Door Seminar by Dr Arvind Gupta, Director, Vivekananda International Foundation
RSIS – School of Humanities, NTU Seminar by Ms Barbara Davidson, Guggenheim Fellow 2019
The Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief Programme in RSIS and the Gender and Diversity Cluster in the School of Humanities jointly present a seminar by three-time Pulitzer Prize and Emmy award-winning photojournalist, Ms Barbara Davidson. Ms Davidson is best known for her work on victims of gang violence in Los Angeles, and her humanitarian approach to covering women’s issue around the world.
Barbara mastered her story-telling approach through multiple assignments over two decades and across 55 countries covering war, humanitarian crises and the human condition, in particular for women and children, for the Los Angeles Times, the Dallas Morning News and the Washington Times.
During this lecture, Barbara will discuss her career as a veteran newspaper staff photographer and how she made the leap to the world of freelance photojournalism documenting the plight of victims in humanitarian crises such as conflicts and natural disasters.
RSIS Roundtable with Ambassador Pham Quang Vinh, RSIS Distinguished Visitor
RSIS Seminar Series on the Practice of Diplomacy and International Affairs on “Evolving regional architecture in Asia and the challenges for ASEAN”
About the Speaker
Mr Bilahari Kausikan is currently Chairman of the Middle East Institute, an autonomous institute of the National University of Singapore. From 2001 to 2013, Mr Kausikan was first the second Permanent Secretary and then Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He was subsequently Ambassador-at-Large until May 2018. He had previously served in a variety of appointments in the Ministry, including as the Deputy Secretary for Southeast Asia, the Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York and as Ambassador to the Russian Federation. Raffles Institution, the University of Singapore and Columbia University in New York all attempted to educate Mr Kausikan.
RSIS Seminar Series on Multilateralism Studies: “Online Political Engagement in Southeast Asian Elections”
Southeast Asia is the most social media active region in the world yet our understanding of online political participation is still in its infancy. Elections times often see political participation online peak in most countries as political parties launch full-scale social media campaigns in their contest to win the hearts and minds of voters now increasingly spending time in cyberspace. How do political parties engage with social media users and what do users actually do online during election campaigns? What accounts for a successful social media campaign?
This talk is based on survey results and Facebook analysis of political engagement during the campaign periods of four elections in Southeast Asia: the Philippines (2016), Malaysia (2018), Thailand (2019) and Indonesia (2019). It argues that pre-existing online and offline support base is crucial to the success of a political candidate’s social media campaign regardless of candidate’s input. The talk will also touch upon the issues of online disinformation and trust in social media information and why they vary both within a country and across countries. Discussions relating to the pros and cons of conducting political research on social media data will also be raised.
About the Speaker
Dr Aim Sinpeng is a Lecturer in the Department of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney. She is also the co-founder of the Sydney Cyber Security Network and the Thailand Coodinator of the Sydney Southeast Asia Centre. She has published widely on Thai politics and is currently working on a project on fake news and politics in Southeast Asia.
RSIS Student-Staff-Alumni Football Match 2019
Staff, students and alumni – female and male alike — are warmly encouraged to participate in this football match. This is a nice way to spend a Saturday evening and we would love to have maximum participation—both as players and in the audience. No need to be a Omare Sawa or Kylian Mbappé to join the fun!
“Asia-Pacific and World Order: Security, Economics, Identity and Beyond” ISA Asia-Pacific Conference 2019
The rise of populism and authoritarianism worldwide has caused friction to established orders and tested institutional strengths. In the Asia-Pacific the increasingly potent competition between major powers poses significant challenges to the stability and security of states and societies. The region has also witnessed the realignment and restructuring of middle powers’ alliances and foreign policies. The rising politicization of diaspora has affected domestic politics across the region. Competition in the South China Sea has the potential to fracture the status quo regionalism in Southeast Asia and create new coalitions and clubs of states. Climate change and disasters can make or break governments in the Asia-Pacific. Cyber-security has highlighted a new theatre of international security discourse. New developments in long-standing issues on the Korean peninsula have rekindled hopes for peace. Internal conflicts remain unresolved with significant regional implications. State capacities and human development have grown more significantly in the Asia-Pacific than elsewhere. The regional security architecture is multiple and overlapping with contested leadership roles for states but now more pronounced as avenues to articulate traditional and non-traditional security concerns. These strengthened capacities have challenged dominant global narratives to rethink the ways and means of international relations. Often gone unheard are the voices of states and societies in the Asia-Pacific and their understandings and conceptualizations of world affairs and the prospects and challenges for peaceful sustainable development in the region. This ISA Asia-Pacific Regional Conference 2019 seeks to explore and debate world affairs engaging scholars and practitioners active in the Asia-Pacific but encouraged to think about the broader implications of their research and scholarship.