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Webinar - Japan-ASEAN Cooperation as Security Partners

By Japan Up Close
March 06, 2024

Event date:
Friday, March 15, 2024

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm (Japan Standard Time)
3:00-pm – 4:00 pm (Thailand Time)
3:00-pm – 4:00 pm (Vietnam Time)


Japan sees ASEAN as a strong partner in contributing to regional peace and prosperity and meeting common challenges.
This session will delve into the significance and potential of a security partnership between Japan and ASEAN.

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Jonathan Soble (Moderator)
Jonathan Soble is a partner at Kreab Tokyo. He previously covered Japan as a business reporter for international media organizations including the New York Times and the Financial Times, where he served as Tokyo bureau chief from 2012 to 2015. He joined Kreab full-time in 2023, after five years as a senior advisor. Jonathan is a graduate of the University of Toronto and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He has lived in Japan for more than two decades, beginning as a high school exchange student, and is fluent in Japanese.


Kitti Prasirtsuk
Kitti is Professor of international relations at Thammasat University and an advisory committee for the International Studies Center (ISC) at the Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and used to serve as a strategic committee at the Thai Ministry of Defence (2014-19). His work experiences include Vice Rector for International Affairs (2018-2021) and Director at the Institute of East Studies (2013-2018) at the university.
Earning an M.A. from Keio University (Japan) and a Ph.D. from UC Berkeley, Kitti has a wide range of publications, including those on U.S. – Thailand security alliance, Japan-Southeast Asia relations, ASEAN, Australia – ASEAN relations, maritime security, and Thai politics. He has recently been selected as a CPD-SIF Southeast Asia Fellow at the Center on Public Diplomacy, University of Southern California.
Kitti was a visiting professor at UC Berkeley, teaching “International Relations in Southeast Asia,” and gave lectures at various universities, such as ANU, Munich, Peking, Waseda, and Yonsei. He is regularly invited to speak, including at Columbia University, Nikkei Forum, Beijing Forum, Jeju Forum, the Korea National Diplomatic Academy (KNDA), and ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute.


Hoang Thi Ha
Hoang Thi Ha is Senior Fellow and Co-coordinator of the Regional Strategic and Political Studies Programme at ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute. Before the current position, she was Lead Researcher (Political-Security) at the ASEAN Studies Centre of ISEAS. Her research interests include major powers’ engagement with Southeast Asia, ASEAN political-security issues, the South China Sea disputes, and Vietnam’s foreign policy. Ms Hoang joined the ASEAN Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Viet Nam in 2004. She then moved on to work at the ASEAN Secretariat for nine years, with her last post being Assistant Director, Head of the Political Cooperation Division. Ms. Hoang holds an MA in International Relations from the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam.

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