The US Rebalance and ASEAN Regionalism
Julio Amador III, Asia Studies Visiting Fellow, the East-West Center in Washington
Sponsored by the Sigur Center for Asian Studies
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
12:30 PM - 1:45 PM
The Elliott School of International Affairs
Lindner Commons: 1957 E Street, NW, Room 602
Washington, DC 20052
Please RSVP at go.gwu.edu/ASEAN.
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) finds itself in a challenging position as the US rebalance towards Asia continues. The main geopolitical issue for ASEAN and the US is that China's continuing rise and the tensions in the West Philippine Sea/South China Sea will be a constant reminder that ASEAN's future is not going to be easy. Two important questions are central in this presentation: 1) will ASEAN's role as driver of regionalism continue? And, 2) will the ASEAN Community that begins in earnest in 2015 have any impact on regional security architecture? Caught between the emerging rivalry of China and the US, ASEAN's role in managing great power relations becomes more relevant as Southeast Asia finds itself an important theater in the evolving regional security environment.
Julio Amador III is currently on leave as Foreign Affairs Research Specialist at the Center of International Relations and Strategic Studies (CIRSS) of the Foreign Service Institute, Manila. He provides policy analysis and strategic advice on ASEAN issues, Southeast Asia security and international relations, and foreign policy to several offices in the Department of Foreign Affairs. He was the Philippines' supporting expert to the Second East Asian Vision Group. He is a Yuchengco Fellow for the Young Leaders Program of the Pacific Forum CSIS, Fellow of the Ronald Coase Institute and the Salzburg Global Seminar, a visiting scholar at the University of California San Diego in 2007, Australian Leadership Award Fellow at the Asia Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect in 2012, and the 2013 Dame Jillian Sackler World Leadership Forum Fellowship. He is a Fulbright Scholar at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University for 2012-2013 and is an Asia Studies Visiting Fellow at the East-West Center in Washington from May 27 to November 27, 2013. He has published articles in international journals, book chapters, and commentaries in various media outlets in the Philippines, Southeast Asia, and the US.