[Global Intelligence Series] The Geo-Political Tensions between the US-China: ASEAN caught in the middle, the future of the Japan and ASEAN cooperation and the prospects of semiconductor supply chains


What will happen to the geo-political tensions between the United States and China after the U.S. presidential election? What will be the future policy directions of ASEAN countries caught in the middle of the U.S.-China conflict? What will be the implications for the Japan-ASEAN cooperation? What will be the prospects of the supply chains in this region including semiconductors?

In this RIETI BBL Global Intelligence Series session, we will hear from one of the most respected strategic thinkers in Asia, Ambassador Bilahari Kaushikan, the former Permanent Secretary of Singapore's Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Ambassador Kausikan currently serves as the Chairman of the Middle East Institute at the National University of Singapore. He will bring us his perspectives about the situations in East Asia, which are facing a major turning point.


  • Time and Date: 12:15-13:15, Wednesday, November 25, 2020 (Registration desk and seminar room open at 12:00)
  • Language: English
  • Admission: Free
  • Host: Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI)
  • Contact: Ms. MARUTAKE, Conference Section, RIETI
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  • Speaker: BILAHARI Kausikan (Chairman, Middle East Institute, National University of Singapore)

    Mr. Bilahari Kausikan is the Chairman of the Middle East Institute, an autonomous institute of the National University of Singapore. Mr. Kausikan was Permanent Secretary of Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 2010 to 2013, having served as Second Permanent Secretary since 2001. He was subsequently Ambassador-at-Large until May 2018. His earlier appointments at the Ministry include Deputy Secretary for South-east Asia, Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York, and Ambassador to the Russian Federation. He was educated at Raffles Institution, the University of Singapore and Columbia University in New York.

  • Commentator: OTA Yasu (Editorial Writer & Columnist, NIKKEI)
  • Moderator: WATANABE Tetsuya (Vice President, RIETI)

*Agenda is subject to change