Southeast Asia Forum

Improving US Understanding of Southeast Asia
Promoting the study of Southeast Asia at colleges, universities, and research institutions
Project Info

The Southeast Asia Forum bridges the gap between the academic and policy communities in the U.S. and abroad. Through events, social media platforms and professional development resources, the Forum provides a physical and digital convening space for students, faculty, and researchers studying Southeast Asia. As an intermediary between these groups, the Forum is instrumental in developing and conducting programs to bring students, faculty and researchers together with U.S. and foreign government officials, NGO experts and private sector leaders to increase exposure and future cooperation.

  • Event ·

How Southeast Asia is Coping with COVID-19?

Speakers: Ambassador Robert Blake (ret), Senior Director, McLarty Associates John Lichtefeld, Vice President, The Asia Group; Stimson Center Non-Resident Fellow Bilahari Kausikan, Former Permanent Secretary, Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs…

Discussion Groups and Commentary Series

Coordinated with partner organizations 

  • Ambassador’s Corner: Commentaries on studying Southeast Asia written by ASEAN countries’ ambassadors in the U.S. and U.S. ambassadors to ASEAN member states and ASEAN headquarters.
  • Philippines Roundtable: The premier forum in the U.S. for discussion of Philippine affairs and U.S.-Philippine relations; conducted in partnership with the U.S.-Philippine Society.
  • Burma Study Group: Informal group of students, faculty and think tank researchers specializing in Burma/Myanmar affairs and relations with the U.S.
  • Frederick Z. Brown Indochina Roundtable: Informal group of students, faculty and think tank researchers specializing in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia; named after retired U.S. diplomat, SAIS faculty member, and noted commentator on Indochina affairs and U.S. relations with Indochina countries.
  • Indonesia Discussion Group: Informal group of students, faculty and think tank researchers specializing on Indonesia affairs and U.S.-Indonesia relations; conducted in partnership with the U.S.-Indonesia Society.

Advisory Council

  • Robert O. Blake, Jr., McLarty Associates, Former U.S. Ambassador to Indonesia
  • Alexander Feldman, President, US-ASEAN Business Council (institutional membership including Elizabeth Dugan, Vice President, and Marc Mealy, Vice President)
  • Christina Fink, Professor of the Practice of International Affairs, Elliot School of International Affairs, George Washington University
  • Michael J. Green, Director of Asian Studies, Professor and Chair in Modern and Contemporary Japanese Politics and Foreign Policy, School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University and Senior Vice President for Asia & Japan Chair, Center for Strategic & International Studies
  • Hank Hendrickson, Executive Director, US-Philippines Society
  • Pekkoon Heng, Director of the ASEAN Initiative and Assistant Professor, School of International Service, American University
  • Henry Howard, Founding Member of the Board of Directors, US-Philippines Society and President, US Education Finance Corp.
  • Karl D. Jackson, Starr Distinguished Professor of Asian Studies and Southeast Asia Studies, School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University
  • Satu Limaye, Vice President, East-West Center and Director, EWC in Washington
  • David Merrill, President, US-Indonesia Society
  • Meredith Miller, Principal, Albright-Stonebridge Group
  • Erin Murphy, Founder & Principal, Inle Advisory Group
  • Vikram Nehru, Distinguished Practitioner-in-Residence, Johns Hopkins – SAIS
  • JJ Ong, Manager, International Government Affairs, Chevron
  • Meredith Weiss, Professor, Chair of Political Science, Director of Semester in Washington, Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, State University of New York at Albany
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