Roundtable with Lord Michael Williams of Baglan on Southeast Asia

26 February 2013

Co-presented with the Sydney Southeast Asia Centre.

Lord Williams has an intimate knowledge of the Southeast Asia region from his academic and diplomatic work over the last four decades, and has met some of the key leaders from Aung Sang Su Chi of Myanmar to President Yudhoyona of Indonesia. This roundtable will be a discussion of recent developments in the area, including the dramatic changes in Myanmar, and the impact of China across the region.

Lord Michael Williams was the Under Secretary-General and Special Coordinator for Lebanon, United Nations. From 1999 to 2005, he was the Special Adviser to two UK Foreign Secretaries,Robin Cook (1999-2001) and Jack Straw (2001-2005). He held a number of senior positions in the United Nations in the 1990s, including Deputy Director for Human Rights, UN Mission for Cambodia; Advisor to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Geneva; Director, Office for Children and Armed Conflict, New York.

Lord Williams is also a researcher in Middle East and Southeast Asia affairs. He received his PhD in politics from the University of London. He has been extensively writing about international affairs, peacekeeping and social welfare. His recent publications include Civil-Military Relations and Peacekeeping (1999), Vietnam at the Crossroads (1992), Communism, Religion and Revolt in Banten (1990).


Please note this is an invite only event. Light lunch is provided.RSVP essential.

Time: 1:00pm-2:30pm

Location: Room 310, Boardroom, China Studies Centre, Old Teachers College

Cost: Free