The ASEAN Studies Centre is devoted to research issues that pertain to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
ASC and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) convened the High-Level Conference on The Evolving Nature of ASEAN’s Economic Cooperation: Original Vision and Current Practice on 9 October 2014.
22 Sep 2014, ISEAS. Featuring the joint ILO-ADB report examining the impact of the AEC on labour markets. Click here to read the report
ASC lead researchers Sanchita Basu Das and Dr Termsak Chalermpalunupap had an interactive discussion with members of the Indonesia Young Entrepreneurs Association on 11 May 2015, when the young entrepreneurs visited ISEAS to learn more of regional developments, particularly with regard to the ongoing preparations for the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) which will be announced as part of the ASEAN Community 2015 in December 2015. The young entrepreneurs showed keen interest in AEC developments, the current state of AEC initiatives and priorities, including future benefits for young entrepreneurs in ASEAN. They were also interested in knowing the details of what the ASEAN Leaders would announce for the ASEAN Community on 31st December 2015.
Overall, Indonesia is the largest market in the ASEAN region, and Indonesians –as consumers of goods and services – will benefit from greater competition in Indonesia and in the AEC. Because of this, the young entrepreneurs need to pay attention not only to developments and challenges in AEC implementation, but also to know more of AEC’s linkages with the two community pillars: the ASEAN Political Security Community (APSC) and the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC). This is because all the three community pillars are inter-linked, and ASEAN member states all stand to gain some tangible benefits from ASEAN’s community-building endeavour.
The ASEAN Studies Centre (ASC) team had the honour to brief two royal princesses on ASEAN issues and concerns. Most recently, on 8 May 2015, HRH Princess Hajah Masna, Ambassador-at-large at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Negara Brunei Darussalam, visited ISEAS to discuss topics related to the outcome statements and declarations issued at the 26th ASEAN Summit, including ASEAN’s discussions on territorial claims in the South China Sea, and on ASEAN centrality. Other topics of interest that were discussed with HRH Princess Hajah Masna and her delegation included emerging trends under each of the community pillars for the post-2015 landscape in ASEAN, ranging from the new regional economic architecture under the ASEAN Economic Community to issues and trends in the socio-cultural sphere, including those related to ASEAN’s efforts in deepening regional identity and awareness.
Earlier on 17 March 2015, ASC Head Rodolfo Severino and ASC lead researchers Sanchita Basu Das and Moe Thuzar accompanied ISEAS Deputy Director Dr Ooi Kee Beng, ISEAS Senior Fellow Dr Cassey Lee, and Visiting Senior Fellow Dr Porphant Ouyyanont for an audience with HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand, to discuss the issues and implications arising from regional economic integration, particularly with regard to the impact of integration on the people in ASEAN countries. HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn is an ISEAS Distinguished Honorary Fellow since July 2012.
Dean of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Prof Kishore Mahbubani, has shared his thoughts on ASEAN in a commentary “The modern miracle that is ASEAN” carried by the Straits Times on 10 May 2015. In his commentary, Dean Kishore discusses the importance of diplomatic and personal ties in sustaining and maintaining regional harmony among the ASEAN members. The full article is here.