Wherever I am, the world comes after me.
It offers me its busyness. It does not believe that I do not want it.
Now I understand 
why the old poets of China went so far
and high 
into the mountains, then crept into the pale mist.
"The Old Poets of China" by Mary Oliver

The UP Asian Center will be hosting a hybrid roundtable discussion, The Rise of the “Indo-Pacific”: Entanglements with China and Southeast Asia on 7 March 2023, 2:00 PM (Philippine Standard Time, GMT+8). The event is free and open only to the guests and students of the UP Asian Center. Online registration (on-site) and signing in to a Zoom account (online) are required.


Recently, the Indo-Pacific has emerged as a new regional economic power and geopolitical actor. Spanning the geo-oceanic systems, countries, and cultures around the Indian and Pacific Oceans, the construction of this region needs interrogation. On 7 March 2023, the Asian Center will hold a roundtable discussion on The Rise of “Indo-Pacific”: Entanglements with China and Southeast Asia at 2 pm at the Seminar Room, Second Floor, GT-Toyota Building, UP Diliman. The event will launch the Center’s Introducing South Asia Series which aims to raise awareness and interest about developments in the region and its dynamic with the Philippines and other parts of Asia. In addition, this series is expected to promote the Center’s South Asia studies program.


Reena Marwah is a Professor at the Jesus and Mary College, University of Delhi, New Delhi, India. She is a permanent faculty member since July 1982 and has been teaching international business and politics of globalization.
From June 2017 to May 2019, she was a Senior Fellow at the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR), Ministry of Human Resource Development (now Ministry of Education), Government of India, affiliated with the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, New Delhi. During this period, her study was on Reimagining India-Thailand Relations. She has also been on deputation as Senior Academic Consultant, ICSSR, Indian Ministry of Human Resource Development for three years (2012-2015). She also led the India-Europe Research Platform (EqUIP) comprising ten research councils of Europe till July 2017 on behalf of ICSSR.
She is the recipient of several prestigious fellowships including the McNamara fellowship of the World Bank in 1999-2000 and the Asia fellowship of the Asian Scholarship Foundation 2002-2003. She is also a Senior Fellow of the Institute of National Security Studies Sri Lanka (INSSSL). She has been serving as a Consultant for the World Bank and UN Women. She is the founding editor of Millennial Asia, a tri-annual journal on Asian Studies of the Association of Asia Scholars, published by Sage Publishers.
During her teaching and research experience, she has worked closely with several think tanks, international donors, embassies, ministries of the Government of India, and research councils in Asia. Among her research interests are international relations issues of China, Vietnam, Philippines, Thailand, and India, and development issues of South and Southeast Asia. She has published several books, monographs, and journal articles. Her most recent authored books are Re-imagining India Thailand Relations: A multilateral and bilateral perspective, World Scientific Publishers, Singapore, published in March 2020; China’s Economic Footprint in South and Southeast Asia: A futuristic perspective, published in 2021, by World Scientific Publishers, Singapore, and India-Vietnam Relations: Development Dynamics and Strategic Alignment, (2022) published by Springer Nature. 
For more information about Dr. Marwah, you may visit his full profile here.


Herman Joseph S. Kraft is Professor and former Chair of the Department of Political Science at the University of the Philippines at Diliman, Quezon City. Concurrently, he is also a Convenor of the Strategic Studies Program of the Center for Integrative and Development Studies at the University of the Philippines. He has been working on and published articles and book chapters on issues concerning ASEAN, regional security in Southeast Asia, security sector reform, and intra-state conflict in the Philippines. In his capacity as a continuing student of international relations and security, he has given talks at the Foreign Service Institute, the National Defense College of the Philippines, the different services of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, in different fora organized by the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Department of National Defense, and various educational institutions in and outside the Philippines. View his full profile.
Prof. Matthew M. Santamaria, Doctor of Law is Professor and the Assistant to the Dean for Cultural Affairs at the UP Asian Center. He obtained his Doctor of Law in Political Science at Kyoto University. He handles courses in Asian Studies and Philippine Studies at the UP Asian Center. View his full profile.


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The Asian Center, University of the Philippines Diliman offers M.A. degrees in Asian Studies with four fields of specialization: Northeast Asia, Southeast Asia, South Asia, and West Asia. The UP Asian Center also has an M.A. program in Philippine Studies that allows students to major in Philippine society and culture, Philippine foreign relations, or Philippine development studies. It also offers a Ph.D. program in Philippine Studies in conjunction with the College of Arts and Letters and the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy. For an overview of these graduate programs, click here. As an area studies institution, the Asian Center also publishes Asian Studies: Journal of Critical Perspectives on Asia, the latest issue of which can be downloaded at the journal's website.