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Welcome to 2019

Welcome to our first newsletter for 2019!

In this issue, we look at the regional outlook for 2019 and dive into Thailand's 2019 ASEAN Chair Theme: "Advancing Partnership for Sustainability." We'll also bring you more opportunities, inspiration and application tips to help motivate you to make the most of this year. 

Regional Outlook for 2019

  • The uncertain state of international relations between the US and the "Great Powers of Asia" (China, Japan, India) presents both challenges and opportunities for ASEAN to build its centrality and significance in the coming year.
  • Thailand has assumed the 2019 ASEAN Chairmanship under the theme: "Advancing Partnership for Sustainability."

  • Continuing challenges including corruption, human rights issues and a lack of press freedom remain a burden for ASEAN.

  • The region will be faced with significant elections in Thailand (rumoured delays sparked protest yesterday) and Indonesia (17 April), with the youth voter population holding a large sway over the outcomes. Australia will also hold elections in the first half of the year.

  • Southeast Asia will be the target for the 2019 “Australia Nowpublic diplomacy campaign which will showcase Australia and focus on the themes of youth dialogue, girls empowerment and exchange.

Spotlight: Advancing Partnership for Sustainability

2018 in Review

Progress and Setbacks on the road to an Innovative and Resilient ASEAN.
Clockwise from Left: Kim and Trump shake hands in Singapore, Vessels Gather at Subi Reef (Adam Dean for The New York Times), Jokowi evokes the spirit of Avengers at WEF, Plastic threatens Oceans. 

International Relations

  • In March, Australia hosted an ASEAN-Australia Special Summit with ASEAN leaders in Australia for the first time, emphasising the significance of the relationship. 
  • Negotiations for a Code of Conduct on the South China Sea were ongoing after satellite footage showed China building military bases in February.
  • Amidst heightened tensions and a “Trade War” between China and the US, Indonesian President Joko Widodo vowed that he and his fellow Avengerswould continue to uphold the international trade system.
  • Malaysia survived the first democratic transition to a new ruling power in 60 years amidst a corruption scandal involving former Prime Minister and ex-1MBD CEO Najib Razak.
  • Singapore hosted the historic Trump and Kim Summit.


  • Malaysia became the first country in the Western Pacific to reduce mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis. Malaymail
  • The Rohingya issue in Rakhine state continued to dominate headlines, with Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne visiting the area in December 2018.
  • In a move praised by human rights defenders, Malaysia abolished the death penalty. SMH


  • Indonesia was rocked by devastation from multiple earthquakes and tsunamis in Lombok, Sulawesi and the Sunda Strait.
  • The Malaysian government announced it would not allow any further expansion of oil palm plantations, and that it intends to maintain forest cover at 50%. Malaymail

  • Deforestation in Indonesia fell by 60%, after a ban on clearing peatlands, new educational campaigns and better law enforcement. Ecowatch

  • $10 billion (the largest amount ever for ocean conservation) was committed for the protection of 14 million square kilometres of the world’s oceans in Bali. MongaBay
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