Russia, Ukraine and ASEAN: Reading the Geo-political Tea Leaves

Published

In this episode of Dialogues at Fulcrum, William Choong, Managing Editor of Fulcrum, talks to three scholars about the 2022 State of Southeast Asia Survey, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the United States’ Indo-Pacific Strategy.

In this episode of Dialogues at Fulcrum, William Choong, Managing Editor of Fulcrum, talks to three scholars about the 2022 State of Southeast Asia Survey, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the United States’ Indo-Pacific Strategy. Dr Choong spoke to Ms Elina Noor, Director, Political-Security Affairs and Deputy Director of the Washington D.C. office at the Asia Society Policy Institute; Dr Huong Le Thu, a Senior Analyst at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, and Ms Sharon Seah, Coordinator of the ASEAN Study Centre at the ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute.

Fulcrum podcast screenshot
Enjoying a moment of levity about the ‘passing out’ of the US’ Indo-Pacific Economic Framework. Clockwise from top left: Ms Sharon Seah, Dr William Choong, Dr Huong Le Thu and Ms Elina Noor (Screenshot: ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute)

Dialogues at Fulcrum is a podcast published by the ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute.

For quick reference, the themes below were addressed during the podcast:

2:20 – Impressions of the 2022 State of Southeast Survey Report

8:19 – Increased regional confidence in the Biden Administration

12:58 – US Indo-Pacific Economic Framework: Being Passed Out or Passing Out?

15:47 – The Quad: Tangible Deliverables to the Region and the Bigger Picture

17:50 – China Gaining Traction in Free Trade Agreements

25:08 – Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine: Implications for Southeast Asia

30:00 – China: ‘Taiwan is not Ukraine’

35:03 – Is US’ Indo-Pacific Strategy akin to NATO’s eastward expansion in Europe?

Elina Noor is Director, Political-Security Affairs and Deputy Director of the Washington D.C. office at the Asia Society Policy Institute.


Huong Le Thu is a senior analyst at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute and an alumna of ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute.


Sharon Seah is Senior Fellow and Coordinator at the ASEAN Studies Centre, ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute.