Asia Leadership Forum

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The Asia Leadership Forum is the flagship event of the Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies. The forum invites world leaders from Asia to discuss relevant topics within a global context. The forum began in 2015 with a lecture by former Indonesian president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. In 2016, Ma Ying-jeou, the former president of Taiwan, delivered the keynote address. In 2018, Ban Ki-moon, the eighth secretary-general of the United Nations, delivered the keynote address. 


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2018 Ban Ki-moon

"Global citizenship is an important concept that can serve as a unique tool to help solve some of our most pressing challenges and assist us in reaching our global goals."

Read Ban Ki-moon's keynote address "The United Nations and Global Citizenship" (PDF).


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2016 Ma Ying-jeou

"My early life had a lot to do with the Catholic Church in Taiwan and, for that matter, American aid to Taiwan."

Read Ma's keynote address and response by Shelley Rigger, Davidson College (PDF)


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2015 Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono 

"What we need is reason. We need compassion. Not provocation, but persuasion. We need to build bridges, not burn them."

Read Yudhoyono's keynote address and response by Mun'im Sirry, University of Notre Dame (PDF)