The ASEAN Studies Centre is devoted to research on issues that pertain to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) as an institution and a process. This is distinct from ISEAS' broader concerns with respect to Southeast Asia.
Through research, conferences, consultations, and publications, the Centre seeks to illuminate ways of promoting ASEAN's purposes of political solidarity, economic integration and regional cooperation, and finding pragmatic solutions to the challenges on the path to achieving this. With the ASEAN Charter's entry into force, the Centre has added ASEAN-related legal affairs to its work as the Charter will give rise to a whole new area of work in developing a body of ASEAN law.
The Centre aims to conduct studies and make policy recommendations on issues and events that call for collective ASEAN actions and responses. Through its studies, the Centre offers a measure of intellectual support to the ASEAN member-countries and the ASEAN Secretariat in building the ASEAN Community.
The Centre seeks to work together with other intellectual centres, institutes, think-tanks, foundations, universities, international and regional organisations that have similar interests and objectives, as well as with individual scholars and the ASEAN Secretariat.