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The ASEAN Studies Centre of the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies

The ASEAN Studies Centre is devoted to research issues that pertain to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

The ASEAN Economic Community: A Work In Progress- Seminar cum Book Launch

ISEAS, working with the Asian Development Bank launched this book as a stocktake of ASEAN's efforts towards the realisation of the ASEAN Economic Community 2015

ASC's Capacity-Building Workshop for Myanmar's ASEAN Chairmanship

ASC Head, Mr. Severino (left) with the Foreign Minister of Myanmar, H.E. Wunna Maung Lwin.

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Chairman’s Statement of the ASEAN Post Ministerial Conferences (PMC) 10+1 Sessions 11 July 2012, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

The ASEAN Post-Ministerial Conference (PMC) 10+1 Session with 10 ASEAN's Dialogue Partners, namely Australia, Canada, China, the European Union (EU), India, Japan, New Zealand, the Republic of Korea, the Russian Federation, and the United States of America were held in Phnom Penh, Cambodia on 11 July 2012. 

To access the Chairman's statement please click here






Seminar On ASEAN Community 2015: Managing Integration For Better Jobs & Shared Prosperity

The ASEAN Studies Centre at ISEAS will be hosting a seminar on managing integration in the ASEAN Community on 22 September 2014. For more details and to register, visit this link.


Symposium On Regionalism In The Asia Pacific: Current And Future Developments

On 21 August 2014, ISEAS hosted a symposium to share insights on the latest Regional Trade Agreement (RTA) initiatives in the Asia Pacific, including RCEP which ASEAN adopted in 2011. The symposium also sought to gain perspectives from countries that may or may not have multiple membership in these RTAs, and to examine the challenges and opportunities for merging these trade groupings in the future.
Click here for a summary report, to access the presentations and for photos from the event.

*Update- click here for pictures from the event.


International Burma Studies Conference 2014 - “Envisioning Myanmar: Issues, Images, Identities

ISEAS and the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) at the National University of Singapore are co-organising the 2014 International Burma Studies Conference on 1-3 August 2014, under the theme "Envisioning Myanmar: Issues, Images, Identities". For more info, click here.


ASEAN 2030: Towards a Borderless Economic Community Book Launch

Join us for the book launch of ASEAN 2030: Towards a Borderless Economic Community- A study by the Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI), in collaboration with the Asian Development Bank and the ASEAN Secretariat. The event will be held at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies on 17 July 2014. For more information and to register, click here.


The ASEAN Roundtable 2014

The ASEAN Studies Centre will be holding the annual ASEAN Roundtable 2014, an annual flagship activity that has been taking place for the past 29 years, since 1985. The 29th roundtable this year has the theme “Moving Towards a People-Centred ASEAN” and focuses on issues and trends under the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC).

For more information, click here.


The ASEAN Economic Community: A Work In Progress

If the measures in the AEC Blueprint are to be regarded as ASEAN aspirations and commitments pointing in the general direction of creating the region as a single market and production base AEC 2015 should be taken seriously not only by the ASEAN states but also by businesses and not-for-profit organisations. It is in this spirit that we at ISEAS together with the ADB, are organising this seminar, where three of the four editors of the volume are going to discuss the purpose and the state of the ASEAN Economic Community. The seminar will also throw light on business perception of the economic community. Featuring the publication of the same title.

 The full program can be viewed here- Seminar Notice

For registration, please fill in this form and email to by 25 February 2014



ASEAN Financial Integration in the Light of Recent European Experiences

- By Dr Ulrich Volz,

This research seminar will reflect on the ambitions of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to foster regional economic and financial integration among its member countries against the backdrop of the European financial crisis.


The full program can be viewed here- Seminar Notice

If you are interested, please register at by 9 February. Seats are on a first come, first served basis.








Views & Opinions

Is Myanmar ready for the ASEAN Chair?

Myanmar assumes the ASEAN chairmanship in 2014. As the ASEAN Chair is expected to be the epicentre of regional action, Myanmar’s ASEAN year will thrust the country into the limelight. But is it ready? The ASC's Lead Researcher for Socio-Cultural Affairs, Moe Thuzar, assesses both sides of the readiness coin and highlights issues that will shape the contours of Myanmar’s chairmanship year in ISEAS Perspective, first published on the 30th December 2013.

To read the full paper, please click on the headline.


Enhancing Regional and Sub-regional Co-operation and Connectivity in ASEAN

"... Despite the various ASEAN initiatives towards integration, progress needs to be accelerated further… Better connectivity within ASEAN is essential for linkages with other regions, such as East and South Asia, which will help ASEAN maintain its centrality in the evolving regional architecture...".  The ASC's Lead Researcher for Economic Affairs, Sanchita Basu Das discusses about this issue in the ISEAS Working Paper #3, October 2013.

To read the full paper, please click on the headline.


ASEAN Defence Diplomacy and the ADMM-Plus

"ASEAN Defence Ministers are on the verge of making a crucial policy decision on whether to start regular ADMM+1 meetings with the eight dialogue partners in the ADMM-Plus process... There is concern about whether the ADMM+1 dialogue will complicate ASEAN’s policy towards each of the dialogue partners"...

The ASC's Visiting Fellow Termsak Chalermpalanupap discusses about this in ISEAS Perspective, first published on 26 August, 2013.

To read the full article, please click on the headline.

















The ASEAN Economic Community: A Work in Progress Edited by: Sanchita Basu DasJayant MenonRodolfo Severino, Omkar Lal Shrestha
ASC141 This is an important and timely volume: important because ASEAN is an increasingly significant and influential regional and global actor; and timely because, as the 2015 ASEAN Economic Community target approaches, what is needed is a sympathetic yet arms-length survey of the issues and challenges.

ASEAN will miss some of the targets laid out in its AEC Blueprint, but the reader is left in no doubt that the ASEAN spirit is alive and well.

ASEAN-Japan Relations

Edited by: Takashi Shiraishi and Takaaki Kojima

BM4991 This book on ASEAN-Japan relations is the intellectual highlight of the 40 years anniversary of ASEAN Japan cooperation. ASEAN has become an indispensable partner and friend of Japan and its role as the hub of cooperation, development and stability in the region will without doubt become even more important after the establishment of the ASEAN Communities in 2015.

The book contains contributions of the most renowned and respected experts on ASEAN.

ASEAN Economic Community Scorecard: Performance and Perception
Editor: Sanchita Basu Das

AEC book right size The official AEC Scorecard is expected to track the implementation of measures and the achievement of milestones committed in the AEC Strategic Schedule.  However, the Scorecard, in its current form, is too brief and general to be useful for the ASEAN citizens.
This book attempts to fill this gap and evaluates the current status of and the progress towards the milestones of the AEC Blueprint.

Enhancing ASEAN Connectivity

Editor: Sanchita Basu Das

Enhancing ASEANs Connectivity ASEAN has a goal to create an economic community by 2015.  To achieve the goal, connectivity among the member states needs to be given due importance.
This book looks at the current state of ASEAN's physical connectivity and challenges in building better infrastructure.  It concludes with the steps needed to be taken for implementation of the various plans, and policy recommendations.

ASEAN-Russia:  Foundations and Future Prospects

Editors: Victor Sumsky, Mark Hong, Amy Lugg

ASEAN Russia Russia is geographically and historically part of Asia and the Asia Pacific, and has been a dialogue partner of ASEAN since 1996.
To commemorate the 15th Anniversary of the Russia-ASEAN dialogue partnership in 2011, the ASEAN Studies Centre at ISEAS and its counterpart from MGIMO-University, Moscow co-organised a two-day conference that year, in which papers were presented offering perspectives from Russia and the ten ASEAN member states.  This is a timely book that affords the reader insights into where ASEAN-Russia relations currently stand and suggests how they can improve and move forward.

Achieving the ASEAN Economic Community 2015:  Challenges for Member States and Businesses

Editor: Sanchita Basu Das

ASEAN AEC 2015 ASEAN leaders proclaimed to create an ASEAN Economic Community by 2015.  But achieving the target requires cooperation and coordination both within and among the ten ASEAN economies.
This book examines the state of readiness of the member countries for regional integration and discusses the challenges to ASEAN businesses.  It gives policy recommendations to address some of the issues faced by the key stakeholders.  


The ASEAN Regional Forum
Author: Rodolfo C. Severino
The ASEAN Regional Forum The ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) is the only Asia-Pacific-wide forum for consultations and dialogue on political and security issues.
Although many articles and books have been published on the ARF, this is one of the few books that treat the forum comprehensively and from the standpoint of the region itself.


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Report Series

Report Series 12
The Gulf Cooperation Council: A Rising Power and Lessons for ASEAN

Gulf Cooperation Council

The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)comprises Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.