Science Diplomacy and its Opportunities in Southeast Asia

Winston Michalak, International Policy Digest |

Photo by Hans Reniers on Unsplash
Photo by Hans Reniers on Unsplash

The Fourth Industrial Revolution is here. Southeast Asian nations, in particular, have noticed this opportunity and laid in motion various initiatives to turn the region into an innovative powerhouse, taking advantage of the opportunities these emerging technologies provide. From Singapore, which is believed to be on the verge of becoming a new epicenter of technological development, to Vietnam, which aspires to become a leader in AI research and development, Southeast Asia appears poised as a pioneer in its embrace of twenty-first-century innovation.

Nevertheless, The inevitable global shift could increase the economic disparities both regionally and globally unless nations take the necessary measures to keep pace. This rapid pace of innovation makes scientific collaboration between nations indispensable. Indeed, science diplomacy between the Association of Southeast Asian Nations member states in the wake of IR4.0 makes such cooperation ever more essential. Such information-sharing initiatives present the region with unique opportunities for shared growth, transformation, and success.

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