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Roundtable Discussion on Cambodia's 2022 ASEAN Chairmanship: Expectations and Possibilities

KAS-CICP Public Lecture Series


ASEAN Chairmanship

KAS-CICP Public Lecture Series aspires to serve as an open-debate platform, through which the diplomatic community, policymakers, and interested stakeholders in Cambodia are able to analyze and debate the latest trends, challenges, and issues in international politics that matter for Cambodia's diplomacy and regional peace and stability at large.

This Roundtable is organized to discuss what would be the expectations and possibilities for the Cambodian government as the country leads ASEAN for the third time? This year Cambodia has the responsibility to serve as the voice of and to play an effective role as ASEAN spokesperson to showcase its resolve to enhance ASEAN’s vitality and credibility as one of the most successful organizations Southeast Asia has ever established.

Three eminent speakers are invited to dive deep into Cambodia's 2022 outlook as the country is driving ASEAN and discuss the prospect for a bolster ASEAN in standing prepared to take on any issues that are seen as headlines which might affect ASEAN’s relevance to remain as a viable regional driver that can manage regional tensions and prevent them from erupting into conflicts created by intra-state relations or by external pressure, i.e. resolve Myanmar crisis, address post Covid-19 economic recovery, diffuse differences between US and China, address the Mekong issues.

Join us and find out, what Cambodia, as ASEAN Chair this year, brings to the table regarding the strategic agenda that has been discussed during the ASEAN Retreat recently?


About our distinguished speakers: 

H.E. Dr. Kao Kim Hourn

H.E. Dr. Kao Kim Hourn, Minister Delegate Attached to the Prime Minister of Cambodia, received his BA in Asian Studies, Baylor University; MA in Political Science and MA in International Studies, Ohio University; Ph.D. in Political Science, the University of Hawaii at Manoa, USA. From 2003 - 13, he serves as the Secretary of State, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and Adviser to the Prime Minister of Cambodia. He was also the Former Member of the High-Level Task Force on the ASEAN Charter. Since September 2013, he has been appointed as the Minister Delegate Attached to the Prime Minister of Cambodia in charge of foreign affairs and ASEAN. He is a Member of the Supreme National Economic Council. He is also the Founder and President of the University of Cambodia and Co-Founder of Southeast Asia Television. In addition, H.E. Kao Kim Hourn is also a member of the Board of Directors of CICP.


Mr. Kavi Chongkittavorn

Mr. Kavi Chongkittavorn is a senior fellow at the Institute of Security and International Studies (ISIS) Thailand. He has been a journalist for more than three decades covering Thai and regional politics. He began his career as a reporter in 1983 and became the paper's foreign news editor in 1986. Then, he was asked to explore Indochina - first as Bureau Chief in Phnom Penh, Cambodia (1988-1990) and later on in Hanoi, Vietnam (1990-1992). After a year in Oxford University as Reuter Fellow in 1994, he went to Jakarta and served as Special Assistant to the Secretary-General of ASEAN in Jakarta in 1995 before returning to journalism. He was named the Human Rights Journalist of 1998 to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by Amnesty International. From 1999-2000, he was the President of the Thai Journalists Association. From 2000-2001, he went to Harvard University as Nieman Fellow. He served as a member of the jury and from 2005-2008 as its chair of Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize organized by UNESCO.


Ms. Gwen Robinson

Ms. Gwen Robinson is Editor-at-large of Nikkei Asian Review, an online and weekly journal of Asian affairs, and is a Senior Fellow AO at the Institute of Security and International Studies at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok. She was a Visiting Fellow at the Sydney-based Lowy Institute in 2004 and was for 18 years a correspondent and editor with the Financial Times in Europe, Asia, and America (1995-2013). Among earlier positions, she was a Tokyo-based correspondent for The Times of London (1993-95) and an editor and writer with Nikkei Weekly (1990-93). She previously covered key events in Southeast Asia for U.S., Australian, and British media organizations from 1985 to 1993.


How to join?

Please register your slot here: Register for the physical conference at Raffles Hotel Le Royal. 

Or join us via Zoom: Zoom/kaspubliclecture

For more information, please contact Mr. Chhay Lim, under



8:30 – 9:00am Arrival of Guests

 Arrival of Guests at Venue / ZOOM Log-in by Online Participants


9:00 – 9:20 am Opening Statements

Opening Remarks by Mr. Lim Chhay, Program Manager in charge of Foreign Affairs, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Cambodia


Scene setting Remarks by Ambassador Pou Sothirak, Executive Director of the Cambodian Institute for Cooperation and Peace

9:20 – 9:55 am Roundtable Discussion

Presentation and Panels Discussion among 3 distinguished panelists on Cambodia as the 2022 ASEAN Chair, what Cambodia is expected to deliver, and how Cambodia maneuvers through her mandate in 2022?


Presentation by:

H.E. Dr. Kao Kim Hourn, Minister Delegate Attached to the Prime Minister of Cambodia. (15 minutes)

Ms. Gwen Robinson, Editor-at-large at Nikkei Asia and Myanmar Specialist. (10 minutes)

Mr. Kavi Chongkittavorn, Bangkok Post columnist and ASEAN Expert (10 minutes)


Instigator: H.E. Amb. Pou Sothirak, Executive Director of CICP

9:55 – 10:35 am Discussion and Q&A

Participants are highly encouraged to interactively discuss the topic as well as ask questions to the distinguished speakers.

10:35 – 10:40 am Closing Remarks

Closing Remarks by Amb. Pou Sothirak, Executive Director of CICP
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Raffles Hotel Le Royal
Phnom Penh


  • H.E. Dr. Kao Kim Hourn
    • Mr. Kavi Chongkittavorn
      • and Ms. Gwen Robinson