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NTS-Asia Webinar on Covid-19 and Economic Crisis: Mitigating Impact and Sustaining Development in Asia

5 Aug 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm


The Covid-19 pandemic has triggered the most severe recession in nearly a century and is causing enormous damage to people’s health, jobs and well-being. The pandemic has spread to multiple countries and has severely affected many regions including East, South and Southeast Asia.

Against the evolving impact of Covid-19, some countries in the region have been able to manage the spread of the pandemic. These include Vietnam, South Korea, and Singapore. It is therefore useful to exchange best practices and lessons learned as the global community copes with consequences of this on-going crisis.

In this regard, the Centre for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS), Indonesia supported by the Non-Traditional Security (NTS)-Asia Consortium, and the Centre for Non-Traditional Security, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University (NTU) Singapore, are organising a webinar themed, “Covid-19 and Economic Crisis: Mitigating Impact and Sustaining Development in Asia.”

The webinar aims to:

• Elicit views from members of NTS-Asia Consortium in three sub-regions of Asia (East, Southeast, and South Asia) on the economic fallout of the pandemic and ways to sustain development.
• Examine how Covid-19 affects vulnerable communities in the three sub-regions.
• Understand how countries in Asia can help each other in managing the economic impact of Covid-19.

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About the Keynote Speaker

Dr Julia Puspadewi Tijaja is the Director of the ASEAN Integration Monitoring Directorate (AIMD), ASEAN Economic Community Department, at the ASEAN Secretariat. Her current main portfolio includes leading the monitoring of progress in the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) including the on-going Mid-Term Review of the AEC Blueprint 2025, overseeing the development of the Consolidated Strategy for the Fourth Industrial Revolution for ASEAN, and lead coordinator for the development of the ASEAN Comprehensive Recovery Framework.


About the Speakers 

Mely Caballero-Anthony is Professor of International Relations and Head of the Centre for Non-traditional Security (NTS) Studies at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. She is currently the Secretary-General of the Consortium on Non-Traditional Security Studies in Asia. From 2015-2017, she was Vice President at-large of the Governing Council of the International Studies Association (ISA). Prof Anthony was a member of UN Secretary-General’s Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters (ABDM) from 2012-2017 and was Chair of ABDM in 2016. She also served as Director of External  Relations at the ASEAN Secretariat from 2011-2012. Prof. Anthony’s research interest include regionalism and multilateralism in Asia-Pacific, human security and non-traditional security, nuclear security and conflict management. She has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals and international presses. Her latest books include: Negotiating Governance on Non-Traditional Security in Southeast Asia and Beyond (New York: Columbia University Press, 2018).

Miki Honda is Professor at the Department of Global Politics, Faculty of Law, Hosei University, and a researcher at the Institute of Asia Human Community (AHC) of Waseda University. Honda earned PhD in International Relations from the Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies, Waseda University. Prior to joining the academia, Dr Honda worked as a journalist for The Japan Times. Her research interests include traditional/non-traditional security studies of the Asia Pacific and United Nations studies. Her major publications include UN Financial Sanctions (Routledge, 2020 forthcoming); Complex Emergencies and Humanitarian Response (Union Press, 2018); “Diversification of Security Concept and Its Influences on UN Security Council Resolution,” The Journal of Asia-Pacific Studies No. 31 (Japanese: Waseda University, March 2018); UN Sanctions and Their Humanitarian Issues: Searching for ‘Smart Sanctions’ (Japanese: Kokusai Shoin, 2013); Long Peace in Northeast Asia: War Avoided (Japanese: co-authored, Keiso Shobo, 2012). She is an executive board member of the Japanese Association for the United Nations Studies (JAUNS) since 2016.

Dr Jaehyon Lee is Senior Fellow in the ASEAN and Oceania Studies Center at the Asan Institute for Policy Studies. He is also a member of Korea EEP for ARF and of an advisory group for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Previously, Dr Lee was a research fellow at the Korean Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (KISEAS) and a visiting professor at the Institute of Foreign Affairs and National Security (IFANS), Korean National Diplomatic Academy (KNDA). Dr Lee’s research focuses on Southeast Asian politics and international relations, East Asian regional cooperation, and non-traditional and human security issues. His recent publications include “South Korea and the South China Sea” (2016), “A South Korean Perspective on the Potential Contributions and Limitations of the ADMM-Plus” (2016), and “What Asia Wants from the US: Voices from the Region” (2018). Dr Lee received a BA and MA from Yonsei University and a PhD in Politics from Murdoch University, Australia.

Dipankar Banerjee is retired Major General who served as an Infantry Officer in the Gorkha Regiment of the Indian Army for 36 years, before pursuing a second career as a Senior Strategic and Policy Consultant. Among others, Banerjee was a member of the International Advisory Group of the ICRC, Geneva and a Consultant to the UN Group of Government Experts on Conventional Arms, New York. Banerjee was co-opted as an international expert to the UN Secretary General’s High Level Panel for the Reform of the United Nations in 2004.

Prijono Tjiptoherijanto is Professor of the Faculty of Economics, University of Indonesia. Prijono is an expert on demography and population, health economics, poverty eradication, and human resources development. Prijono earned a Bachelor of Economics degree at Faculty of Economics, University of Indonesia in 1973. In 1977 Prijono earned a postgraduate degree (MA) in Economics from University the Philippines. He obtained his PhD in Economics from the University of Hawaii in 1981. His active role as a researcher at the Demographic Institute of the FEUI has produced many scientific works in the form of articles and books published. One of them is Civil Service Reform in Indonesia that was published by Kobe University (Japan) in 2007. Prijono has also completed research on Reformed Civil Service in Selected ASEAN Countries: Malaysia, Thailand and the Philippines. In addition, he has served as Head of the State Civil Service Agency and Secretary of the Vice President of the Republic of Indonesia.

Dr Le Hong Hiep is Fellow at the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute. At ISEAS, he works for the Vietnam Studies Program and the Regional Strategic and Political Studies Program. He is also an editor of the institute’s flagship journal Contemporary Southeast Asia. Hiep holds a BA from Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam, an MA in International Relations and a Master of Diplomacy from the Australian National University. In 2015, Hiep earned his PhD in Political and International Studies from the University of New South Wales, funded by the Prime Minister’s Australia Asia Award. Before joining ISEAS, Hiep worked for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Vietnam and taught at the Faculty of International Relations, Vietnam National University-HCMC. Hiep’s scholarly works and analyses have been widely published, including two books: Living next to the Giant: The Political Economy of Vietnam’s Relations with China under Doi Moi (2016) and Vietnam’s Foreign Policy under Doi Moi (2018, co-edited with Anton Tsvetov).


5 Aug 2020
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm


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