2018 Workshop on Preventive Diplomacy

Note: Event times are displayed in your local time zone. The dialogue took place on February 26-27, 2018 (Cambodia time).

Conference Report

Opening Remarks
Pou Sothirak
Carl Baker
Keynote Address: HE Kan Paridh

Session 1: The Concept of Preventive Diplomacy
This session will examine preventive diplomacy as a concept. What are the origins of the term? What is the context of its development? How has the concept evolved since it was introduced in the early 1990s? What are the key components of preventive diplomacy? Are there significant differences in the way the concept is applied by the UN and other regional organizations? What is the relationship between preventive diplomacy and the concept of the conflict cycle? What is the relationship between preventive diplomacy and confidence building and conflict resolution?

Jim Rolfe

Session 2: The ASEAN Regional Forum and Preventive Diplomacy
This session will examine the evolution of preventive diplomacy in the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) and the development of the ARF Preventive Diplomacy Concept. Particular attention will be given to the concept and principles of PD that have been adopted by the ARF and the impact they have had on shaping the ARF approach to PD. What are the principles and key components of the ARF PD concept? What are the primary influences that shaped underlying principles? How has the adoption of the “three-stage process” and the decision in 2001 to adopt the ARF Concept and Principles of Preventive Diplomacy influenced the practice of PD in East Asia?

Kwa Chong Guan
Ralf Emmers

Session 3: ASEAN Community Building and Preventive Diplomacy
This session will examine the normative framework that has been developed within ASEAN that provides the basis for PD. The focus of this session will be on the development of ASEAN-centered norms and institutions that provide a basis for PD in Southeast Asia. The session will also examine the relationship between ASEAN norms related to good governance and protection of vulnerable populations and the evolution of PD in ASEAN.

Raymund Quilop
Huong Le Thu

Session 4: Implementation of Preventive Diplomacy in ASEAN
This session will examine how ASEAN has integrated elements of preventive diplomacy into its vison for a political-security community in 2025. This session will include presentations on how PD is being applied within ASEAN-based organizations in response to perceived security threats in maritime security, HA/DR, terrorism, piracy, and proliferation of WMD.

Jeffrey Ordaniel
Mely Caballero-Anthony

Session 5: The Future of Preventive Diplomacy in the ARF and ASEAN
This session will examine the status of PD implementation in the ARF and ASEAN. The basis for the assessment will be the 2011 ARF Work Plan on Preventive Diplomacy and the ASEAN Blueprint for the Political-Security Community in ASEAN 2025: Forging Ahead Together.

Carl Baker
Suriya Chindawongse

Session 6: Key Findings and the Future of Preventive Diplomacy in Southeast Asia
This session will be an open discussion on key findings from the workshop and implications for the future development of PD in Southeast Asia.