Talking ASEAN on “Post-Special Leaders’ Summit U.S.-ASEAN Strategic Relationship”

JAKARTA – On Wednesday, 30 March 2016, The Habibie Center hosted the 32nd Talking ASEAN dialogue titled “Post-Special Leaders’ Summit U.S.-ASEAN Strategic Relationship”  at The Habibie Center Building in Jakarta.

This particular Talking ASEAN featured as resource persons Jamil Maidan Flores (Columnist & Consultant for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Indonesia), Courtney Kline (Political Officer, US Mission to ASEAN), Dr. Evi Fitriani (Head of the International Relations Department, Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, University of Indonesia), and Muhamad Arif (Researcher, ASEAN Studies Program, The Habibie Center) with A. Ibrahim Almuttaqi (Head of ASEAN Studies Program, The Habibie Center) moderating.

The objectives of this Talking ASEAN were to: (a) examine the dynamics during the 2016 U.S.-ASEAN Special Leaders’ Summit and the results of the meetings; (b) identify regional perspective on the importance of maintaining security and economic cooperation between ASEAN and the U.S.; and (c) identify challenges and opportunities in enhancing sustainable U.S.-ASEAN strategic relationship.  

The first to speak was Jamil Maidan Flores who explained the aims of the summit. He continued to review some criticism towards the outcome document which he considered unfair.

Courtney Kline as the second speaker emphasized the great attention that ASEAN receives from the United States. She further highlighted several top regional priorities and ways to address them.

The third speaker was Dr. Evi Fitriani who presented on “The U.S.-ASEAN Relationship: Post Sunnylands Leaders’ Summit.”

Last to speak was Muhamad Arif who reviewed U.S. foreign policy towards Southeast Asia and ASEAN as well as the emerging challenges and opportunities.

This was followed by a Question and Answer session which heard a number of participants in the audience address questions to the resource persons.

To download a copy of the Discussion Report and the powerpoints presentations, please click here.
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