Webinar: Outlook for ASEAN in 2021 – Discussing the Agenda for Brunei’s Chairmanship
21 January 2021 4:31 pm

Date: Tuesday, 26 January 2021

       Time: 1PM – 3PM Western Indonesia Time (GMT +7)

Brunei Darussalam is the Chair of ASEAN for 2021 and the theme of its ASEAN Chairmanship is “We Care, We Prepare, We Prosper” with aims  to promote three fundamental areas namely caring for the well-being of the ASEAN people, preparing for future opportunities and challenges and prospering together as a unified region. However, with the growing geopolitical dynamic and the COVID-19 pandemic, ASEAN has experienced a slowdown in economic development and continues to face unprecedented challenges posed by the pandemic and geo-political shifts.

In light of these unprecedented times, Brunei Chairmanship needs to address ASEAN’s current challenges including improving regional resilience in facing the COVID-19 pandemic; geo-political, maritime and financial challenges, human rights and recovery plans.

Organised by FORUM-ASIA and Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)  with the support of the Canadian Mission to ASEAN, this  public webinar  aims to:

  • Facilitate discussion among diplomats, thought leaders, civil society organisations and academicians to highlight key challenges, opportunities and recommendations in light of Brunei’s ASEAN Chairmanship in 2021
  • Highlight cooperation opportunities between ASEAN and Canada under the Brunei Chairmanship


  • H.E. Ambassador Diedrah Kelly – Ambassador of Canada to ASEAN
  • Dr Asyura Salleh – Non-resident Vasey Research Fellow, Pacific Forum
  • Andrew Mantong, Researcher, International Relations Department, CSIS Indonesia
  • Rachel Arini Judhistari, East-Asia and ASEAN Programme Manager, FORUM-ASIA

Moderated by Dr Lina Alexandra, Senior Researcher,  International Relations Department, CSIS Indonesia

Media contact:

For more information or to set up an interview with any of the speakers, please contact Melissa Ananthraj, Communication and Media Programme Manager, FORUM-ASIA at [email protected]

About the organisers:

  • The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA)is a Bangkok-based regional network of 81 member organisations across 21 Asian countries, with consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council, and consultative relationship with the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights. Founded in 1991, FORUM-ASIA works to strengthen movements for human rights and sustainable development through research, advocacy, capacity-development and solidarity actions in Asia and beyond. It has sub-regional offices in Geneva, Jakarta, and Kathmandu. www.forum-asia.org
  • Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)is a non-profit organization based in Indonesia which has served as a think tank on social, international, political and economic issues. CSIS was founded on Sept 1, 1971 by a group of scholars and practitioners with the goal to promote public policy-oriented discussions in Indonesia and in the Southeast Asian region. CSIS is a founding institute of the ASEAN Institutes of Strategic and International Studies (ASEAN ISIS) and acts as its secretariat. www.csis.or.id