In Person

Concepts for the East Asia Summit:

Connectivity, Security & ASEAN Centrality

The CSIS Southeast Asia Program is honored to host a 


Concepts for the East Asia Summit: Connectivity, Security & ASEAN Centrality

US President Barack Obama will participate in his first East Asia Summit (EAS) in Bali, Indonesia later this year.  CSIS is convening experts to discuss some of the key trends that will be on the agenda for this meeting of leaders of 18 Asia Pacific countries.  Important discussions are ongoing about how to integrate concepts such as connectivity, maritime security, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief and financial issues into a leader-led discussion that can advance peace and prosperity in the world’s most dynamic region. The event's discussion will be kicked off by CSIS President and CEO Dr. John Hamre and feature opening remarks by visiting ASEAN Secretary General Dr. Surin Pitsuwan, Michitaka Nakatomi, President of JETRO, and Daniel Russel, the new Senior Director for Asia at the National Security Council.

A highly qualified panel will respond to their remarks and you are invited to engage in an off the record dialogue that will ensue.  An annotated agenda is attached for your review and consideration.

This invitation is strictly not transferable.  Please respond to the Southeast Asia Program by May 18 to advise if you are able to join us for this important discussion.



2:00 PM  

Welcoming Remarks

Dr. John Hamre
President & CEO, CSIS 

Mr. Ernie Bower
Senior Adviser & Director, Southeast Asia, CSIS


2:10 PM

The ASEAN Perspective & ASEAN Centrality

Dr. Surin Pitsuwan
Secretary General, ASEAN Secretariat


2:30 PM

Connectivity as a Foundational Concept for EAS

Mr. Michitaka Nakatomi
President, Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO)


3:10 PM

Coffee Break

3:15 PM

Panel Discussion Responding to Speakers Remarks

Moderator:  Mr. Ernie Bower
Senior Adviser & Director, Southeast Asia, CSIS 

Mr. Munenori Yamada
Chief Representative for ASEAN and South Asia, Japan External Trade Organization & President, JETRO Bangkok 

Mr. Matthew Goodman (invited)
Director, National Security Council

The Hon. Mike Moore
Ambassador, New Zealand Embassy

4:00 PM 

Dialogue / Question & Answer

4:55 PM

Closing Remarks 

John J. Hamre
CSIS President and CEO, and Langone Chair in American Leadership

Ernest Z. Bower