During the last quarter of 2017, APPFI Trustee Dr. Wilfrido V. Villacorta was invited by various overseas institutions to be a speaker at their conferences. On October 3, Dr. Villacorta gave a presentation on “Enhancing Ties, New Era for Turkey and ASEAN” during a conference commemorating the 50th Anniversary of ASEAN and marking Turkey’s accession as a Sectoral Dialogue Partner of ASEAN. The event, sponsored by the Center for Strategic Research of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey, was held at Ankara, Turkey.

On November 9, Dr. Villacorta was one of the keynote speakers at the 10th China-ASEAN Think Tanks Strategic Dialogue. His topic was “The Dawning of a Higher Level of ASEAN-China Partnership.” The event was co-sponsored by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and the Guangxi Academy of Social Sciences and was held at Nanning, Guangxi, China. (To view his powerpoint presentation, please click here.)

CenPEG’s director for policy studies, Prof. Bobby M. Tuazon and Dr. Wilfrido Villacorta during the 10th China-ASEAN Think Tanks Strategic Dialogue. Photo from CenPEG.

Dr. Villacorta also served as a speaker in the panel on “Domestic Dynamics and Their Impact on Inter-State Relations in the Region” during the 10th ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Dialogue last November 21. His presentation was titled “The Duterte Effect on ASEAN Power Balance and Foreign Relations”. The event was jointly organized by the ASEAN Institutes of Strategic and International Studies (ASEAN-ISIS) and the Institute of Strategic and International Studies -Malaysia (ISIS-Malaysia) in Kuala Lumpur.

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