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Internasional Forum For the SEA-LAC Region 2022


The 2nd FEALAC (Forum for Southeast Asia-Latin America Cooperation) Southeast Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean (SEA-LAC) Academic Dialogue Forum


Redefining the South-South Triangular Cooperation in the Post-Pandemic Development Exploring Issues and Dimensions of South-South and Triangular Cooperation (SSTC) Scheme in Southeast Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean.s


The 2nd FEALAC (Forum for East Asia-Latin America Cooperation) Southeast Asia, Latin America & the Caribbean (SEA-LAC) Academic Dialogue Forum provides a space for theoretical discussions regarding how the idea of an inclusive and sustainable development can be fulfilled through a South-South and Triangular Cooperation (SSTC) cooperation between the two regions. The SEA-LAC Academic Forum which focuses on promoting better understanding, political and economic dialogue and cooperation (in various areas designed for effective and fruitful relations and closer cooperation between the two regions) have been a major catalyst for an inter-regional cooperation platform parallel to the SSTC scheme. The discussion will invite students, academicians, and relevant institutions to come together and build a discourse regarding three sub-themes; political development agenda, climate and education, as well as digital incorporation to industrial development.


Contemporary Political Development in Responding Demands in Post-Pandemic World

Post-pandemic world in Latin America and Southeast Asia looks devastatingly similar. On one hand, the pandemic has provided grounds for autocrats to justify tightening their power grip, further cementing existing regional trends in autocratization and shrinking safe civic space. On the other, civil society organizations (CSOs) and grassroots movements have emerged to focus on economic and social welfare needs, and their activism may challenge autocrats in the long run. The rise and fall of civic institutions in both regions will serve as lessons to be learned in mapping the political development agenda for years to come. This theme seeks a fruitful discussion on how the regions will leverage the pitfalls of autocratic governance that the pandemic has revealed by creating meaningful alliances and people-to-people initiatives, challenging the ever-growing autocratic narratives, and proposing a well-rounded visions for political development agenda in post-pandemic societies.

Transforming Climate Movement Through Education

People in Latin America and Southeast Asia are amongst the global populations most affected by the on-going climate catastrophe. Thirty years since the adoption of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the existing global climate governances are still far from resolving the far-reaching impacts of the climate crisis on these regions mainly due to its states and corporations dominated agenda. This theme seeks to look further on how the grassroot communities in urban, rural, and/or remote areas address and contribute to the climate discourse through community-led resilience initiatives. Furthermore, it puts into consideration the roles of education in shaping agency, increasing capacity for self-organization, sharing knowledge, and encouraging transformative learning between multiple community stakeholders that advocate for systemic, participatory and structural solutions to mitigate the climate crisis impacts.

Reconfiguring Trajectories of Industrial Development through Digital Incorporation

The COVID-19 pandemic has abruptly affected the world in ways that are rather startling, to say the least. Situations arise where people have to adapt to a different, slightly modified way of living. On one hand, it may accelerate changes that are to the benefit of society. But, on the other hand, it may also widen the social and economic disparity that has been plaguing under the banner of development. Among other things, digitalization has taken a prominent role in the efforts to overcome the hardships caused by the pandemic. Industry adaptations of digital technology raise prospects and anxieties how development might affect people. The question of inclusivity and accessibility still lingers. There is a need for a shift in how development is pursued that benefits the whole of society, especially those previously marginalized from it and also making it sustainable to mitigate further environmental collapse.