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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).

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

2017

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

2016

   Cambodia’s Foreign Policy
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
Professor Takashi Terada; Doshisha University; 29 September 2016
  Russia-ASEAN Relations Under Putin
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 US 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

2015

  ASEAN  between China and the United States
Professor Don 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 Asia Community Building
Dr. Hiro Katsumata; Kanazawa University; 5 January 2015

2014

  India 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