Our annual Politics in Action forum was back in person in 2022, with an exciting line-up of speakers covering recent developments in Southeast Asia. It was great to see a mix of students, staff, researchers and others at the event, as well as a healthy online audience.
This year’s one-day forum focused on the latest political, social and economic developments in six Southeast Asian countries: Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, Timor-Leste and Vietnam. Designed to be concise, speakers’ presentations were packed with information and analysis, and prompted engaging questions from the audience.
Key topics discussed included general elections—just completed or upcoming—in several countries; the ongoing impact of the pandemic and plans for social and economic recovery; and evolving challenges facing civil society, young people and political participation across the region.
Thank you to all our speakers and attentive audience members, in person and online, for making this year’s Politics in Action forum such a success!
Dr Gregory Raymond joins SSEAC Stories to discuss how Buddhism is used within the geopolitical strategy of China’s Belt and Road Initiative across mainland Southeast Asia.