President's Forum: The Honorable Tun Abdullah Badawi in Conversation with Vishakha N. Desai
Join us for a rare insight into the role of Islam in South east Asia and the current economic environment in the ASEAN region as Asia Society President Vishakha N. Desai and Former Prime Minister of Malaysia the Honorable Tun Abdullah Badawi engage a wide-ranging discussion. The Honorable Tun Abdullah Badawi will talk about ASEAN's political rise and evolving participation in world affairs as well as reflecting on his years as Prime Minister of Malaysia, Chairman of ASEAN and his on-going involvement in the Organization of the Islamic Conference. Tun Abdullah bin Haji Ahmad Badawi was Prime Minister of Malaysia from 2003 to 2009. He was President of the United Malays National Organization (UMNO), the largest political party in Malaysia, and led the governing Barisan Nasional parliamentary coalition. In 2005 he served as chairman of ASEAN and from 2003-2006 he presided as chairman of the Non-Aligned Movement. He also served as Chairman of the Organization of the Islamic Conference from 2003-2007. President's Forum is a series of programs in which Asia Society President Vishakha N. Desai interviews prominent guests on a broad range of Asian and Asian American topics, including politics, economics, culture, the media, and Asian relations with the United States. Past guests have included His Holiness the Dalai Lama, David Rockefeller, Amartya Sen, Thich Nhat Hanh, Zalmay Khalilzad and Indra Nooyi. President's Forum programs are endowed by a grant from the Hazen Polsky Foundation. Please note: this event will also be a free live video webcast from 6:30 to 8:00 pm EST. Online viewers are encouraged to send questions to [email protected].