EAIR Forum

The East Asian International Relations (EAIR) Forum, established in August 2014 at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), aims to provide a platform for Malaysia-based academics, researchers, and policy practitioners to interact with renowned scholars and experts in International Relations and East Asian Studies on contemporary research and policy issues affecting Malaysia’s security and wellbeing as a sovereign nation. To enable as open a debate as possible, discussions are held under the Chatham House Rule. Past speakers include Amitav Acharya (American University), Alice Ba (Delaware), Aileen Baviera (UP Diliman), Nick Bisley (La Trobe), Brian Bridges (formerly Lingnan), Vannarith Chheang (Cambodian Institute of Strategic Studies), Don Emmerson (Stanford), Paul Evans (UBC), Jurgen Haacke (LSE), Ian Hall (ANU), Hiro Katsumata (Kanazawa), Yuen Foong Khong (NUS), David Lampton (Johns Hopkins), Satu Limaye (East-West Center in Washington), Tosh Minohara (Kobe), Victor Sumsky (MGIMO), Takashi Terada (Doshisha), Fei-Ling Wang (Georgia Tech), Makmur Keliat (University of Indonesia), T.V. Paul (McGill), David Shambaugh (George Washington), Lee Jones (Queen Mary), Zhang Feng (ANU), John Brandon (Asia Foundation), Aries A. Arugay (UP Diliman), Timothy J. Colton (Harvard), Michael Magcamit (Musashi), Bill Hayton (Chatham House), Huong Le Thu (Australian National University), David Martin Jones (King’s College London), Greg Moore (Monash), He Kai (Griffith), Eunjung Lim (Ritsumeikan), Chanintira na Thalang (Thammasat) and Evelyn Goh (ANU).


South Korea between the United States and China: Why Countries Don’t Want to Choose Sides
Dr. David C. Kang, University of Southern California Dornsife Director, the USC Korean Studies Institute


The End of the Global Maritime Fulcrum? Defense and Foreign Policy in the Second Jokowi Administration
Dr. Evan A. Laksmana; Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), Indonesia; 25 February 2020
U.S. Grand Strategy in the Age of Great Power Competition: From Assertion to Implementation
Dr. Colin F. Jackson; U.S. Naval War College; 21 January 2020


Technology Offsets in International Defence Procurement: The Case of Southeast Asia
Dr. Kogila Balakrishnan; Business Development (East Asia), WMG, University of Warwick; 3 December 2019
The Evolving EU-ASEAN Relations in the Age of Uncertainty
Dr. Frederick Kliem; S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), NTU; 21 November 2019
Why is China “Sitting on the Fence” on the North Korean Nuclear Negotations? Explaining China’s “Loud Silence”
Dr. Lee Seong-hyon; Center For Chinese Studies The Sejong Institute; 14 November 2019
China and the World in the New Era
Prof. Shen Dingli; Fudan University’s Institute of International Studies, China; 13 November 2019
Great Power Strategies in Muslim Southeast Asia: Indonesian and Malaysian Public Perceptions of the U.S., China, and Japan
Dr. Guido Benny; Taylors University; 5 September 2019
US-China Relations: A View from China
Dr. Ruan Zongze; China Institute of International Studies (CIIS); 20 June 2019
China’s Rise and U.S. National Security Interests
Professor Thomas J. Christensen; Columbia University; 17 June 2019 
The Evolving PRC-DPRK Relations: Insights from New Data on Bilateral Interactions
Bonnie Glaser; Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS); 30 May 2019
Territorial Disputes, Gray Zone Challenges and Great Power Influence in East & Southeast Asia
Lyle J. Morris; RAND Corporation; 30 April 2019
Japan-China Relations in An Era of Growing US-China Competition
Professor Kawashima Shin; University of Tokyo; 13 March 2019
East Asia’s Strategic Responses to the Rise of China, 2011-16
Professor Chung Jae Ho; Seoul National University; 11 February 2019


Hedging or Not Hedging? Reassessing the Security Practices of Southeast Asian States
Professor Jürgen Haacke; London School of Economics and Political Science; 4 September 2018
  Analyzing China’s Influence in the Developing Asia
Professor Evelyn Goh; Australian National University; 15 August 2018
The Southern Thailand Conflict: Complexities, Obstacles and Opportunities
Dr. Chanintira na Thalang; Thammasat University; 30 July 2018
The ‘Indo-Pacific’: What’s in a Name?
Professor Donald K. Emmerson; Stanford University; 5 June 2018
  US-China Relations in the New Eras of Trump and Xi
Professor David M. Lampton; John Hopkins University; 31 May 2018
PyeongChang Winter Olympics and Inter-Korean Relations
Dr. Eunjung Lim; Ritsumeikan University; 7 March 2018
Myanmar’s Rohingya Crisis: Causes and International Responses
Dr. Lee Jones; Queen Mary University of London; 13 February 2018
Cambodia’s Worldview and Major Power Politics
Dr. Vannarith Chheang; Cambodian Institute for Strategic Studies (CISS); 12 February 2018
Political Survival and China’s Crisis Behavior: Three Maritime Cases
Dr. He Kai; Griffith University; 29 January 2018
The North Korea Issue and Its Impact on Sino-US Relations in the Xi-Trump Era
Dr. Greg Moore; University of Nottingham; 23 January 2018


UK’s Strategy in Asia Post-Brexit
Professor David Martin Jones; King’s College London; 19 December 2017
Vietnam-China-US Triangle: Navigating the Challenges in the Xi–Trump Era
Dr. Huong Le Thu; Australian National University; 18 December 2017
The Modern Origins of China’s South China Sea Claims
Bill Hayton; Chatham House; 5 October 2017
Small Powers and the Security Utility of Trade: The Cases of Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, and Taiwan
Dr. Michael Magcamit; Musashi University; 22 August 2017
A Trump ‘Reset’ with Russia? Implications for East Asia
Professor Timothy J. Colton; Harvard University; 14 June 2017
When Populists Perform Foreign Policy: The Case of the Philippines under Duterte
Dr. Aries A. Arugay; University of the Philippines; 25 May 2017
US-Southeast Asian Relations in a New Administration
John J. Brandon; The Asia Foundation; 22 May 2017
China’s South China Sea Policy After the Arbitration Ruling
Dr. Zhang Feng; Australian National University; 18 May 2017
The Rise of China, Southeast Asia and State Transformation
Dr. Lee Jones; Queen Mary University of London; 26 April 2017
Assessing China’s Future
Professor David Shambaugh; George Washington University; 21 April 2017
Soft Balancing and the Future of Asian Order in the Trump Era
Professor T.V. Paul; International Studies Association President (2016-2017), McGill University; 5 April 2017
Indonesian Foreign Policy under Jokowi and the Idea of Maritime Fulcrum
Dr. Makmur Keliat; University of Indonesia; 22 March 2017


  Cambodia’s Foreign Policy: Determinants of a Small State’s Survival Strategy
Dr. Vannarith Chheang; Cambodian Institute for Strategic Studies; 14 December 2016
  India-ASEAN Engagement Under Modi
Professor Baladas Ghoshal; Society for Indian Ocean Studies; 28 October 2016
  Quo Vadis Pax Americana? The Emerging Power Shift in Asia and the Lessons of History
Professor Tosh Minohara; Kobe University; 27 October 2016
  RCEP, TPP, AIIB and Strategic Regionalism in Asia: Great Power Competition and the Future of the ASEAN-Plus Framework
Professor Takashi Terada; Doshisha University; 29 September 2016
  Russia-ASEAN Relations Under Putin: The Changing Global and Regional Contexts
Professor Victor Sumsky; MGIMO University; 19 September 2016
  International Politics: The Rules of the Game
Professor Khong Yuen-Foong; National University of Singapore; 14 July 2016
  The United States and China in an Era of Uncertainty
Professor David M. Lampton; Johns Hopkins University; 28 June 2016
  Australia and the South China Sea Disputes
Professor Nick Bisley; La Trobe University; 18 May 2016


  ASEAN  between China and the United States: Issues and Prospects
Professor Donald K. Emmerson; Stanford University; 10 December 2015
  China’s Hard Choice: Between the Korean Bombs and United States
Professor Fei-Ling Wang; Georgia Institute of Technology; 24 November 2015
  Prawns and Whales: The Politics of Inter-Korean Relations
Professor Brian Bridges; formerly Lingnan University; 14 September 2015
  Myanmar’s Foreign Policy under President U Thein Sein: Non-Aligned Once More?
Professor Jürgen Haacke; London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE); 13 August 2015
  Can Asia Challenge Chinese Dominance and Avoid Europe’s Past?
Professor Amitav Acharya; American University; 12 August 2015
  East Asian Transitions and Its Institutional Dimensions: The United States, China and ASEAN
Professor Alice D. Ba; University of Delaware; 8 June 2015
  Dilemmas in Getting China Right: Canadian Policy and the Evaporating Middle Power Role
Professor Paul Evans; University of British Columbia; 5 February 2015
  ASEAN’s Leadership in East Asian Community Building
Dr. Hiro Katsumata; Kanazawa University; 5 January 2015


  India’s Unavoidable Entanglements in East Asia
Dr. Ian Hall; The Australian National University; 9 December 2014
  The South China Sea as a Complex Maritime Security Domain
Professor Aileen Baviera; University of the Philippines; 31 October 2014
  East-Asia and the United States: A View from Washington
Dr. Satu Limaye; East-West Center in Washington; 25 August 2014