About 15th ASEAN & Asia Forum

The 15th ASEAN and Asia Forum (AAF) | Rebuilding Resilience in a Prolonged Polycrisis 


The world and our region is facing a prolonged polycrisis. Challenges include the growing US-China strategic rivalry and the Russia-Ukraine war as well as economic uncertainties, supply chain disruptions and rising inflation. This is even as many countries are still emerging from the health, social and economic impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic, while trying to strengthen climate action commitments. ASEAN and Asia are not immune to these elements of the polycrisis. Yet most of the region continues to see growth that exceeds global norms and there are reasons for some optimism, as reflected in the theme for ASEAN this year Epicentrum of Growth 


Such hopes can best be advanced when ASEAN works in close collaboration with its key partners in Asia and across the world. While governments must take the lead, there is a critical role for businesses, as drivers of growth. To foster understanding and dialogue in our region amidst the global polycrisis, the Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA) is organising the 15th ASEAN and Asia Forum (AAF), on the theme “Rebuilding Resilience in a Prolonged Polycrisis”. We aim to focus on the following questions:  


  • What are the implications of the growing geopolitical tensions for ASEAN and Asia? 

  • How best can regional policymakers and business leaders continue to cooperate, integrate and foster stability in the region?

  • How can governments and societies build long-term resilience to face the emerging implications from this prolonged polycrisis? 

About the ASEAN and Asia Forum (AAF)

Into its 15th edition, the AAF is a platform for the private sector to better understand the region’s political, economic, and strategic challenges, as well as their implications for businesses. The annual Forum draws more than 200 high-level corporate leaders and policymakers each year, and encourages open dialogue and networking among regional stakeholders.

Previous AAFs have featured Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong, former Prime Minister of Singapore; Tan Sri Dato’ Muhyiddin bin Yassin, former Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia; and U Soe Thane, Union Coordinating Minister for Economic Development, Republic of the Union of Myanmar. The AAF attracts significant media coverage, widely covered by both local and regional media outlets. News coverage of the AAF appears in media outlets such as TODAY, Channel NewsAsia (CNA), and Bloomberg, as well as via social media platform Twitter and Facebook. The media engagement has been useful in promoting awareness about ASEAN and international affairs.

About the Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA)

Established in 1962, the Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA) is a non-profit, independent think-tank committed to policy-relevant research, analysis, and discussions on regional and international politics, economic policy, and sustainability. Our work serves as a bridge between policymakers, business leaders, and other stakeholders to nudge policy change through dialogue and collective action.

We provide insights and perspectives for businesses in navigating a complex world and help Singaporeans with sense-making and responding to issues they care about. We aim to contribute to a region that is inclusive, peaceful, and prosperous – An integrated, sustainable, and globally competitive ASEAN and a Singapore that is an open, dynamic hub and responsive node.

We have been consistently ranked as one of the leading think tanks in Southeast Asia and the Pacific, in the Global Go-To Think Tank Index by the University of Pennsylvania. Since 2017, the SIIA was ranked the No. 1 independent think tank in Asia. We were recognised as one of the top 50 think tanks globally, excluding the United States of America. In 2019, we were recognised as the No. 1 think tank in South Asia, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific (excluding India). In 2020, we were also recognised as one of the think tanks with the best policy and institutional response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Visit us at www.siiaonline.org.