The Strategic Studies and International Relations (SSIR) Roundtable, established in August 2014 at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, offers an avenue for small-group discussion between visiting experts and SSIR students on emerging international issues. Past speakers include Professor Lee Moosung of Myongji University (on regional conflicts in East Asia), Professor Vivian Louis Forbes of the University of Western Australia and the Maritime Institute of Malaysia (on the complex geopolitics of the South China Sea), Rear Admiral Dato’ Fadzilah bin Mohd Salleh of the Attorney General’s Chambers and the Royal Malaysian Navy (on Malaysia’s maritime boundaries), Dr. Claire Lee Seungeun of the Korea Institute for International Economic Policy (on the China-Malaysia Qinzhou Industrial Park and the Malaysia-China Kuantan Industrial Park), Mr. Lee Khiam Jin of ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on Disaster Management (on ASEAN Regional Mechanism on Disaster Management), former Malaysian Ambassador to China Dato Abdul Majid Khan (on Malaysia’s interests and policies in East Asia), Ms. Pelin Akkaya Yerli (on the role of the Bank for International Settlements in the global financial architecture), and Ms. Anchalee Ruland of the European University Institute (on the conflicting norms of non-interference and protection of human rights in Southeast Asia).


The Change in the International Order: From Multilateralism to Bilateralism

Dr. Sang Wuk Ahn; Pukyong National University; 11 May 2017

Malaysia’s Multilateral Diplomacy: Regional and Global Dimensions

Ambassador (Rtd.) Datuk Hussein Haniff; 23 March 2017


Norms in Conflict: Non-Interference Versus Protection of Human Rights in Southeast Asia

Anchalee Rüland; European University Institute (Ph.D Candidate); 7 September 2016

Malaysia’s Interests and Policy in East Asia

Ambassador (Rtd.) Dato’ Abdul Majid Khan; 17 May 2016

The Influence of Face on China’s Foreign and Security Policy

Dr. Tan Er-Win; 15 April 2016


The Role of the Bank for International Settlements in the Global Financial Architecture: The incorporation of Emerging Market Economies

Ms. Pelin Akkaya Yerli; Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (Ph.D. Candidate); 23 December 2015

Regional Mechanism on Disaster Management

Mr. Lee Khiam Jin; Head of Corporate Affairs and Program Division cum Chief Administrative Officer, ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on Disaster Management (AHA Centre); 10 December 2015

Reflections on Research and Publishing on Asian International Relations

Dr. Alice D. Ba; Associate Professor; University of Delaware; 17 June 2015

Malaysia’s Maritime Boundaries: Current Issues and Challenges

Rear Admiral Dato’ Fadzilah bin Mohd Salleh; Attorney General’s Chambers; 22 May 2015

Inter-Governmental Collaboration between China and Malaysia: Towards a New Model of Economic Development

IDr. Claire Seungeun Lee; Korea Institute for International Economic Policy (KIEP); 8 May 2015

Maritime Security in East Asia

Dr. Vivian Louis Forbes; Maritime Institute of Malaysia; 25 February 2015


Regional Conflicts in East Asia

Professor Lee Moosung; Myongji University