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
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