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“Regional Integration and International Cooperation – How Small States Safeguard Key Interests”

Mr Uffe Ellemann-Jensen, Mr Manu Bhaskaran, Mr Arun Mahizhnan, A/P Dr Locknie Hsu, A/P Dr Mely Caballero-Anthony

30 Oct 2009

ISEAS Seminar Room


Singapore and Denmark are two small states heavily dependent on the international economy and surrounded by larger nation-states. While they have so far been successful in using globalization and regional groupings (ASEAN and European Union respectively) to their advantage and ensuring that their interests have been protected, key challenges in the face of current crisis lie in how they, and small states generally, can achieve their political goals within regional frameworks, as well as in keeping larger nation-states committed to multilateralism and rules-based international cooperation in the face of growing domestic pressure for nationalistic policies.

Jointly organised by the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS) and the EU Centre in Singapore, this roundtable brings together a panel of speakers to share their perspectives on how small states can continue to safeguard their interests in face of tremendous changes wrought by the recent financial crisis. The five panelists comprise:

Mr Uffe Ellemann-Jensen, former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Denmark

Mr Manu Bhaskaran, CEO of Centennial Asia

Mr Arun Mahizhnan, Deputy Director of the Institute of Policy Studies (IPS)

A/P Dr Locknie Hsu, Associate Dean, School of Law, Singapore Management University

A/P Dr Mely Caballero-Anthony, Head, RSIS Centre for Non-traditional Security Studies, NTU