Annual Ikeda Peace & Harmony Lecture: RE-THINKING ASEAN: The Problems and Prospects for Regional Peace

The ​Wee ​Kim ​Wee ​Centre ​is ​proud ​is ​to ​present ​Our ​Second ​Annual ​Ikeda ​Peace ​and ​Harmony ​Lecture ​will ​ ​on ​Friday, ​4 ​November ​2016. ​This ​year’s ​Lecture ​will ​be ​delivered ​by ​the ​distinguished ​ ​Dr. ​Leticia ​Ramos ​Shahani.

Her ​lecture ​is ​entitled: ​
RE-THINKING ​ASEAN: ​The ​Problems ​and ​Prospects ​for ​Regional ​Peace

Supported ​by ​the ​Singapore ​Soka ​Association, ​this ​lecture ​series ​has ​been ​set ​up ​under ​the ​custodianship ​of ​the ​Wee ​Kim ​Wee ​Centre ​ ​in ​honour ​of ​Dr ​Daisaku ​Ikeda, ​President ​of ​the ​Soka ​Gakkai ​International. ​The ​Lectures ​help ​to ​fulfill ​Dr. ​Ikeda’s ​untiring ​commitment ​to ​the ​notion ​that ​dialogue ​is ​the ​surest ​path ​to ​peace. ​This ​is ​the ​second ​lecture ​in ​a ​series ​of ​five ​sessions ​that ​will ​address ​and ​discuss ​ways ​in ​which ​we ​can ​transform ​threat ​and ​difficulty ​into ​challenge, ​cooperation ​and ​growth.
The ​Association ​of ​Southeast ​Asian ​Nations ​(ASEAN) ​is ​a ​geopolitical ​miracle, ​with ​over ​600 ​million ​residents ​that ​have ​been ​divided ​by ​a ​wide ​array ​of ​languages, ​religions, ​and ​traditions ​since ​its ​inception ​in ​1967. ​In ​this ​lecture, ​Dr. ​Shahani ​will ​highlight ​ASEAN’s ​relative ​success ​thus ​far ​and ​how ​current ​government ​leaders ​continue ​to ​bring ​peace ​and ​prosperity ​to ​one ​of ​the ​most ​diverse ​and ​difficult ​regions ​in ​the ​world, ​suggesting ​that ​others ​might ​consider ​learning ​valuable ​lessons ​from ​its ​successful ​model. ​Using ​non-interventionist ​policies, ​the ​role ​of ​ASEAN ​is ​primarily ​to ​strengthen ​regional ​institutions, ​international ​norms ​and ​regional ​cooperation ​in ​the ​pursuit ​of ​peace, ​stability, ​and ​prosperity. ​But ​our ​speaker ​will ​also ​analyze ​the ​major ​obstacles ​facing ​ASEAN ​today ​(such ​as ​the ​need ​for ​consensus) ​and ​how ​it ​can ​be ​enabled ​to ​firmly ​establish ​itself ​as ​the ​essential ​organization ​in ​the ​region ​– ​not ​only ​culturally, ​but ​as ​a ​vibrant ​economic ​and ​political ​force, ​especially ​with ​regards ​to ​territorial ​disputes ​in ​contested ​areas.

  • Dr. Leticia Ramos Shahani

    Former Phillippine Senator

    Dr. Leticia Ramos Shahani is a former Philippine Senator (1986-1998) who was previously Undersecretary of Foreign Affairs. From 1981-85, she was the former Assistant Secretary General for Social Development and Humanitarian Affairs at the United Nations in Vienna, Austria. In 1985, she became Secretary General of the Third United Nations Conference on the Decade for Women, which was held in Nairobi, Kenya. She is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Manila Economic and Cultural Office, which handles relations between the Philippines and Taiwan (ROC). She is also the Vice-Chairman of the Philippine Navy Board of Advisers....   Read More

    Dr. Leticia Ramos Shahani

    Dr. Leticia Ramos Shahani is a former Philippine Senator (1986-1998) who was previously Undersecretary of Foreign Affairs. From 1981-85, she was the former Assistant Secretary General for Social Development and Humanitarian Affairs at the United Nations in Vienna, Austria. In 1985, she became Secretary General of the Third United Nations Conference on the Decade for Women, which was held in Nairobi, Kenya. She is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Manila Economic and Cultural Office, which handles relations between the Philippines and Taiwan (ROC). She is also the Vice-Chairman of the Philippine Navy Board of Advisers. From 2007-2010, Dr. Shahani was the Dean of the College of International, Humanitarian and Development Studies in Miriam College. She was also Dean of the Graduate School in Lyceum of the Philippines from 1972-78, where she taught numerous languages, English Literature, and the Humanities. She has taught at a number of institutions in the Philippines and internationally, including the New School for Social Research in New York and the University of the Philippines. In the Philippine Senate, she was the Head and Chairperson of many committees mainly focusing on women’s rights, foreign relations, education, agriculture, and arts and culture. A key milestone during this time was her Moral Recovery Program, which aimed at integrating ethical values into nation building and government. The first Philippine ambassador to open an Embassy in any socialist country, she was first assigned to Romania in 1975, accredited at the same time to Hungary and the former German Democratic Republic. In 1978, she became Ambassador to Australia. She has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the French Legion of Honor (both the Ordre de Commandeur and Ordre de Chevalier), the United Nations Population Award, the Rafael Salas Population and Development Award, and the Mother of the Year Award from the United Nations. She has also been honored by the Senate of the Philippines, the House of Representatives, and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts for her dedication to women, arts and national development. She received her doctorate in Comparative Literature from the University of Paris, France in 1962. She completed her earlier education in the US, having finished a Masters in Comparative Literature at Columbia University in 1952, and a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature at Wellesley College in 1951. She was married to the late scholar Dr Ranjee Shahani, an Indian author, with whom she has 3 children.

SINGAPORE MANAGEMENT UNIVERSITY

Incorporated on 12 January 2000, Singapore Management University (SMU) aims to groom outstanding business leaders and creative entrepreneurs capable of excelling in a rapidly changing and dynamic world.  The University is known to be a pioneer for its interactive pedagogy of seminar-style teaching in small class sizes which remains its unique hallmark.  Today, SMU is home to more than 6,000 students and comprises six schools: Lee Kong Chian School of Business, School of Accountancy, School of Economics, School of Social Sciences, School of Information Systems and School of Law.  SMU offers bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D. degree programmes in business and management-related areas, ranging from Accountancy, Economics, Finance, Wealth Management, Law, Information Systems and Social Science.  It also has a dedicated Office of Research, a number of institutes and centres of excellence, and provides public and customised programmes for working professionals through Executive Education. Collaborations with leading institutions, including The Wharton School, Carnegie Mellon, the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Chicago, allow SMU to draw on academic and research strengths across all major disciplines.  The SMU campus is a state-of-the art facility located right in the heart of Singapore's civic and business district.

SOKA

Singapore Soka Association (SSA) was officially registered with the Registry of Societies in 1972 as a Buddhist organization that aims to promote the understanding and practice of Nichiren Buddhism.  The organization is committed to working towards peace, social harmony and progress.   Soka means “creation of value”.  It describes the core spirit of self-empowerment in Buddhism.  The life-affirming Buddhist philosophy and teaching empowers one with wisdom and spirituality to live a value-creative life and be a positive influence in one’s family, community and society at large.   SSA is part of an international network of Soka affiliated organisations under the Soka Gakkai International (SGI) movement that has membership in 192 countries and territories worldwide.