REFSA's upcoming (online) Geopolitics Public Lecture themed “Feminist Foreign Policy in a World of Crisis - a Special Lecture by Dr. Hoo Chiew Ping” aims to explore and understand the development of feminist foreign policy in the West- and non-Western societies, and whether Malaysia and Southeast Asia can benefit from such a perspective and approach.
Between 9-12 October 2022, REFSA Executive Director E Hun, alongside a delegation of Asian thought leaders, joined a high level dialogue programme and met with numerous EU institutions in Brussels. Hosted by Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) Asia, Brussels and Berlin offices, the delegation sat down with individual EU members of parliament, EU-based think tanks, various working groups within the European Commission, the EU Parliament and EU Council.
On 26 August 2022, REFSA, IRDP and IDEAS co-hosted a roundtable on youth employment. Titled “Reshaping Malaysia’s Future of Work – Gearing Up Social Mobility”, the event brought together over 20 local thought leaders from diverse backgrounds, including academicians, public policy researchers and students. Taking the form of an open discussion, the 2.5-hour roundtable focused on the current trends of the Malaysian labour market, the key challenges that employers and jobseekers face and policy recommendations to address these issues.
On 27-29 July, REFSA with the support of Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Asia organised a geopolitics regional dialogue themed “The New Geopolitics of Asia and the Global Order of Tomorrow: Implications for Southeast Asia”. Here is our video highlight for the event.
A public lecture which intends to further the conversation by exploring the key policy options and dilemmas facing Southeast Asian countries amid growing uncertainty, with a particular attention on how and why many regional countries have insisted to pursue a “hedging” policy (as opposed to “balancing” or “bandwagoning” strategies) vis-à-vis the competing powers.
Research for Social Advancement (REFSA), a progressive think tank based in Kuala Lumpur, with the support from Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) Asia, convened a diverse group of policymakers, academics and thought leaders from across Asia-Pacific for a two-day roundtable in Kuala Lumpur. , with the main aim to explore the global order of today and tomorrow and deliberate and discuss the implications of the US-China rivalry for ASEAN, regional tensions in the South China Sea, and the way forward to manage disruption.
In a closed-door roundtable held on 21st July 2022, REFSA brought together a collective of policymakers, architects, urban planners, elected representatives and finance professionals to drive the exploration of this topic further.
Our reflections on Think City's Public Housing Liveability Conference.
The South China Sea is one of Malaysia’s most strategic but vulnerable maritime domains, with long-standing territorial disputes and rising tensions. In an ISIS webinar, REFSA Research Director Ivy Kwek address the socio-economic challenges and impact facing SCS today.
In a Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) forum, REFSA Communications Director Iskandar Fareez discusses the pitfalls of the current GLC ecosystem, their role in battling the ongoing pandemic and the need to reorient their purpose to achieve inclusive and sustainable growth.