East Asia Talks

In the East Asia Talks, researchers from IN-EAST and external experts discuss current issues related to East Asia at irregular intervals. They address interested parties inside and outside the university.

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Together with partners from Berlin, Bangkok and Tokyo, the Institute of East Asian Studies (IN-EAST) will hold an online panel webinar on

Civil Societies’ Reactions of East- and Southeast Asian Countries to the Russian War on Ukraine

Time: Tuesday, April 26, 2022, 12–14 h CEST (Duisburg time)

Other time zones:
17–19 h ICT/WIT (Bangkok time and West Indonesia Time)
18–20 h PHT (Philippine Time)
19–21 h JST/KST (Japan and Korea Standard Time)

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The Russian invasion of Ukraine and the US- and EU-led response to it are watershed events in global affairs with far-reaching political and economic implications for East and Southeast Asian stability. Governments in these regions have largely sided with the USA and the EU in the General Assembly of the United Nations; however, due to historically rooted and strategic reasons, most Southeast Asian governments did not join the West’s efforts in sanctioning Russia. As the long-term consequences of the geopolitical and economic shifts initiated by this conflict will become discernible, analysis of the divergent perspectives in public opinions and civil society organizations as well as the evaluation states’ responses are urgent. This panel discussion is a first attempt to provide a critical assessment of the responses of selected countries across East and Southeast Asia.



Franz Waldenberger (Director, DIJ)
Nele Noesselt (Director, IN-EAST)

Panel Discussion

Claudia Derichs (Moderation)

Hee Kyoung Chang (Korea)
Kasira Cheeppensook (ASEAN)
Manuel R. Enverga III (Philippines)
David M. Malitz (Japan)
Surachanee Sriyai (Thailand)
Patrick Ziegenhain (Indonesia)


​​Claudia Derichs Thumb

Claudia Derichs, PhD is professor of Transregional Southeast Asian Studies at Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Germany. Her research covers transregional political-religious movements in Southeast Asia and the Middle East, where she travels frequently for fieldwork and networking. She served as Vice President of the German Association for Asian Studies for many years. Her work promotes new orientations in Area Studies.

Hee Kyoung Chang

Dr. Hee Kyoung Chang is a lecturer in the Department of Political Science at the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany. Previously she was a research manager and lecturer in Korean Studies at the Freie Universität Berlin. Her research interests include Korean politics within East-Asian and global contexts as well as North Korean issues such as peace on the Korean peninsula.

Kasira Cheeppensook

Dr. Kasira Cheeppensook is an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Political Science of Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok/Thailand. Her research interests include ASEAN, normative transition and human security. Currently, she also serves as the Deputy Dean for Graduate Studies and International Affairs as well as Deputy Director of the Centre for Social and Development Studies and the ASEAN Studies Center of Chulalongkorn University.

Manuel Enverga Iii

Dr. Manuel R. Enverga III is an Assistant Professor at the European Studies Program of the Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines and also serving as the program’s director. His research focuses European politics, culture, regionalism, and digital diplomacy. Additionally, he hosts The Eurospeak Podcast, where he and his guests discuss how European cultural influences impact daily life.

Patrick Ziegenhain

Dr. phil. habil. Patrick Ziegenhain is an Associate Professor at the Department of International Relations at President University, Cikarang/Indonesia. Previously, he held positions at the Asia-Europe Institute of University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur/Malaysia, the Department of Southeast Asian Studies at Goethe-University Frankfurt, De La Salle University Manila, Philippines, and the Department of Political Science, University of Trier, Germany.

Surachanee Sriyai

Dr. Surachanee “Hammerli” Sriyai is a lecturer in the Faculty of Political Science at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok. Her research interests include digital politics, political communication, comparative politics, and democratization. She has published in the Journal of Human Rights, Critical Asian Studies as well as other academic and non-academic publications.

David Malitz

Dr. David M. Malitz is a Senior Research Fellow at the German Institute for Japanese Studies in Tokyo, Japan. Previously he has been a lecturer for Global Studies at the Faculty of Arts of Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok. His research interests include Japanese-Southeast Asian relations in past and present as well as the history of political ideas in Japan and Thailand.



The panel is organized jointly by the Institute of East Asian Studies at the University of Duisburg-Essen (IN-EAST), the German Institute of Japanese Studies, Tokyo (DIJ), the Chair of Transregional Southeast Asian Studies at Humboldt University Berlin, and the Faculty of Political Science, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok.

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