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U.S. – Malaysia Relations: Past, Present and Future Direction

Penang Institute, in collaboration with the U.S. Embassy Kuala Lumpur, is proud to host a public lecture entitled “U.S. – Malaysia Relations: Past, Present and Future Direction” by Dr Pamela Sodhy, Adjunct Associate Professor at Georgetown University, Washington DC which is scheduled as follows:

Date: November 29, Thursday
Time: 8pm–9.30pm (Registration starts at 7.30pm)
Venue: Conference Hall, Penang Institute, 10 Brown Road, 10350 George Town, Penang


This talk highlights the main developments in bilateral relations over 61 years, from 1957-2018. The “Past” will survey the relationship during the premierships of Tunku Abdul Rahman, Tun Abdul Razak, Tun Hussein Onn, Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, and Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak, and their US counterparts. The “Present” examines the current relations under Dr Mahathir and President Donald Trump on the political, economic and socio-cultural levels. “Future Direction” concludes the talk by discussing future prospects, noting that variables – such as leadership, the state of the economy and geo-political concerns – can impact its direction.


Pamela Sodhy presently teaches part-time at Georgetown University as an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Asian Studies Program, School of Foreign Service. She also gives occasional lectures on Southeast Asia at the U.S. State Department’s Foreign Service Institute (FSI). Prior to that, she taught for many years at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, where she was an Associate Professor in the History Department. She is the recipient of an American Field Service Scholarship, an American Council of Learned Societies Research Fellowship, and a Fulbright-Hays Grant. She has also served as Honorary Secretary, Malaysian International Affairs Forum; President, Malaysian Association for American Studies; and Secretary-General Asian Federation of American Studies Associations. She now serves on the Board of Directors of the Malaysia-America Society and the Malaysia-America Foundation.