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Asia Pacific Pathways to Progress participated in the 33rd Asia Pacific Roundtable (APR) organized by the Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS) Malaysia and the regional think tank network ASEAN-Institutes for Strategic and International Studies (ASEAN-ISIS). The roundtable was held in Kuala Lumpur, from 24 – 26 June 2019. Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, the Prime Minister of Malaysia, delivered the Keynote Address discussing Malaysia’s development, ASEAN’s role in the region, the state of the Asia-Pacific, and challenges and trajectory of current global affairs.

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As this year’s Chair of ASEAN-ISIS, Pathways President Dr. Aileen Baviera delivered the opening remarks and thus helped set the tone for two days’ discussions on significant geopolitical developments in the region, highlighted in this years’ conference theme “A Great Unwinding? Rules-Based Regional Security Order to 2020 & Beyond”.

In recent years, the annual APR has attracted around 300 participants who engage in discussions on a wide range of topics including regional security, economic trends, and global affairs. In the words of Mahathir, “the Asia Pacific Roundtable has become something of an institution in Asia and to a certain degree, the world as well”. It had been a primary convention for policy makers, opinion drivers and members of the epistemic community to ponder, reflect, and debate on the strategic issues and challenges relevant to the Asia Pacific Region.

References: ISIS Malaysia’s Media Release