Good diplomacy crucial in Asean

Russian academics Ekaterina Koldunova and Dr Victor Sumsky, from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations University (MGIMO), were recently in Phnom Penh to discuss the possibility of training Cambodian officials in diplomacy. Sonny Inbaraj Krishnan spoke to the academics and discussed MGIMO’s role, not only in Cambodia but also in Asean.

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Cambodia Seeks Russia’s Cooperation in Diplomatic Training, Two-way Street

Russian professors, whose expertise in the International Relations, has visited recently Cambodia’s newly established National Institute of Diplomacy and International Relations (NIDIR) and discussed the possibility of training Cambodian officials in diplomacy, aiming at contributing to improving their diplomatic skills.

The discussion focused on possible cooperation between NIDIR, under Cambodia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MFA-IC) and Moscow State Institute of International Relations University (MGIMO) under Russia’s Foreign Ministry, which could lead to the signature of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in the future.

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Dr. Marty Natalegawa on East Asian Security Problems and Prospects of ASEAN-Russia Cooperation

With the kind permission of Dr. Marty Natalegawa we publish the text of his key-note address at the Opening Ceremony of the Inaugural Meeting of Network of ASEAN-Russia Think-Tanks (NARTT) at MGIMO.

“ASEAN-Russia Dialogue Partnership in the Regional Security Landscape”

Remarks by Dr. R.M. Marty M. Natalegawa* before the Inaugural Meeting of the Network of ASEAN-Russia Think Tanks (NAART)

MGIMO University, Moscow, 20 April 2018

Excellencies,
Ladies and gentlemen,

I should like to begin by expressing my deep appreciation to the ASEAN-Russia Centre at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) for the invitation extended to me to share some of my thoughts - very much my own individual and personal ones - on ASEAN-Russia Dialogue Partnership in the regional security landscape before this inaugural meeting of the Network of ASEAN- Russia Think-Tanks (NARTT).

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Inaugural Meeting of the Network of ASEAN-Russia Think Tanks (NARTT) at MGIMO University

MGIMO Rector Prof. Anatoly Torkunov opened Plenary session of the Inaugural Meeting of the Network of ASEAN-Russia Think Tanks (NARTT) that began its two-day work at MGIMO University on April 20th. MGIMO Rector Prof. Anatoly Torkunov, Head of the Asian and Pacific Cooperation Department, MFA of Russia Mr. Alexey Ovchinnikov, former Foreign Minister of Indonesia H.E. Marty Natalegawa and Head of the Department of Diplomacy Prof. Aleksandr Panov addressed the participants representing Think Tanks of each ASEAN country and Russia.

In his welcoming speech Rector Torkunov noted the increasing growth of humanitarian and research contacts between ASEAN and Russia and the role of the ASEAN Centre in MGIMO University in this process. Before the ASEAN-Russia Commemorative Summit in Sochi in 2016 the ASEAN Centre organized the meeting of the ASEAN-Russia Eminent Persons Group (AREPG) that submitted its recommendations to the leaders of Russia and ASEAN member states. The ASEAN-Russia University Forums has been regularly conducted in Vladivostok on the margins of the Eastern Economic Forum (EEF) since 2016.

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ASEAN Ambassadors in MGIMO

February 27th, MGIMO University hosted the 15th Meeting of the Executive Board of the ASEAN Centre, followed by a lecture on Singapore’s Chairmanship in ASEAN in 2018 by H.E. Lim Kheng Hua, Ambassador of the Republic of Singapore to the Russian Federation. In addition, the Centre conducted the award ceremony for the Essay Writing Competition “ASEAN at 50: Achievements, Challenges and New Opportunities for Cooperation with Russia”.

Six Ambassadors represented the ASEAN side at the events: H.E. Ko Ko Shein, Ambassador of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar to Russian Federation and Current Co-chair of the Board, H.E. Siviengphet Phetvorasack, Ambassador of the Lao PDR to the Russian Federation, H.E. Lim Kheng Hua, Ambassador of the Republic of Singapore to the Russian Federation, H.E. Carlos D. Sorreta, Ambassador of the Republic of the Philippines to the Russian Federation, H.E. Datuk Mat Dris Haji Yaacob, Ambassador of Malaysia to the Russian Federation, H.E. Haji Haini bin Haji Hashim, Ambassador of Brunei Darussalam to the Russian Federation.

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