Project & Activities

The Centre undertakes policy research and organises events with the view to produce recommendations that assist ASEAN improve its capabilities, strengthen its institutions and enhance regional cooperation. Projects and activities thus support the Centre's mission to asist the ASEAN community realise the vision of an integrated and vibrant region.

Most of the Centre's projects are in the form of seminars, workshops and conferences. The Centre also organises events with its partners on topics related to Southeast Asia and ASEAN cooperation. Since 2009, Centre personnel have conducted training-of-trainers on the ASEAN Charter for officials of the ASEAN member states and ASEAN Secretariat officers.

Projects and Activities 2009


Train the Trainers Course on the ASEAN Charter
Japan-Singapore Partnership Programme for the 21st Century
17 – 20 November 2009 I ASEAN Secretariat, Jakarta, Indonesia

About the Programme
Train the Trainers Course on the ASEAN Charter, held at the ASEAN Secretariat from 17 to 20 November 2009, was aimed at helping participants enhance their skills and boost their confidence in imparting knowledge of the Charter to their respective constituencies. The course was conducted by Mr Rodolfo Severino, Head of the ASEAN Studies Centre, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS), Singapore; Mr Sivakant Tiwari, Visiting Senior Research Fellow, ISEAS; and Ms Moe Thuzar, Visiting Research Fellow, ISEAS. The training was co-organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Singapore, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the ASEAN Secretariat…

ASEAN Ambassadors Seminar Series

Seminar on China-ASEAN Cooperation: A Model of Good-Neighborliness and Friendly Cooperation
by HE Ms Xue Hanqin
Ambassador to ASEAN, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China
19 November 2009 I ISEAS, Singapore

Ever since the founding of the People's Republic of China in 1949, China has pursued an independent foreign policy of peace based on the Five Principles of Peaceful Co-existence with a view to building good-neighbourly relations with other countries. International relations in the region, however, experienced twists and turns during the Cold War period. In the past two decades, great changes have taken place in Asia. By the 1990s, China had normalized its diplomatic relations with all Southeast Asian countries. From a dialogue partner to a strategic partner, political mutual trust between China and the Southeast Asian countries has gradually deepened. With the fast economic growth of China and the ASEAN integration process...

Book Launch: The ASEAN Regional Forum

by Rodolfo C. Severino
15 October 2009 I Four Seasons Hotel, Singapore

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. It traces the ARF's origins, the efforts to move it from confidence building to "preventive diplomacy", and the forces that hold them back, analysing the strategic environment that both constrains the ARF and makes it essential. The book discusses the question of participation, describes the numerous cooperative activities that the participants undertake, and deals with the issue of institutionalization...

Workshop on Life After the Charter

27 - 28 July 2009 I ISEAS Singapore
Preliminary Report I Photos

After forty years of existence, ASEAN now has a legal and constitutional framework—the ASEAN Charter – to help support a rules-based and effective organisation. But even with this significant achievement, ASEAN still has to tackle issues on the Charter's meaning, implications and the issues pertaining to its implementation. At the same time, ASEAN is working hard on economic issues to realise the goal of economic integration by 2015.

Forum on ASEAN - Japan Cultural Relations

24 July 2009
Orchard Hotel, Singapore I Photos

The Forum will take stock of the cultural dimension of ASEAN – Japan relations and provided recommendation for decision-makers in ASEAN and Japan on how the different aspects of cultural cooperation can support economic development.

ASEAN Ambassadors Seminar Series

Seminar on ASEAN: An indispensable partner for Japan
by HE Yoshinori Katori
Ambassador for ASEAN, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan
01 July 2009 I ISEAS, Singapore

One of the main milestones of our relations was the speech given by Prime Minister Fukuda on August 18, 1977 in Manila. He emphasised the importance of strengthening ties between Japan and Asean and mentioned three main pillars that would guide our relations. They were that Japan rejects the role of a military power; that Japan would do its best to consolidate a relationship of mutual confidence and trust based on "heart-to-heart" understanding; and that Japan would be an equal partner and cooperate positively in Asean's own effort to strengthen solidarity and resilience...

ASEAN Roundtable 2009: The Global Economic Crisis: Implications for ASEAN

18 June 2009 I Pan Pacific Hotel, Singapore
Preliminary Report I Photos

The ASEAN Roundtable 2009 held on 18 June 2009 with the theme Global Economic Crisis: Implications for ASEAN was jointly organised by the ASEAN Studies Centre of the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies with the support of the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) at Pan Pacific Hotel, Singapore. The 2009 Roundtable aimed to study the impact of the current global economic crisis on ASEAN's members and its community-building process, assessing it through the lens of regional security, economy and finance, and the social impact. Roundtable sessions involved representatives from the government, the private sector and the academia.

Public Lecture: The Colour of Thailand's (un)Constitutional Reforms: Red, Yellow or Orange?

By Professor Andrew Harding
26 May 2009
Singapore Management University, School of Law

Thailand's root-and-branch reform Constitution of 1997 was designed to entrench good governance, the rule of law and human rights, as well as providing for political stability, integrity among politicians, and removing the military from politics. It was dubbed 'the people's constitution'. Twelve years later, after widespread abuses of power, a military coup, two more constitutions, and worsening political polarisation, the project of 1997 appears to have unravelled completely. How did this situation occur? How are we to analyse the underlying state of constitutionalism in Thailand? Is there a constitutional way forward out of the continuing crisis? Does Thailand need a further constitutional reform?

Workshop on Lesson from Nargis: Disaster Management in Southeast Asia

5-6 March 2009 I ISEAS, Singapore

The ASEAN Studies Centre together with Southeast Asia Research Centre of the City University of Hong Kong organized the workshop assessing the situation in Myanmar ten months after Cyclone Nargis struck on 2-3 May 2008, paying particular attention to the implications for continued work at local (including grassroots) as well as regional and international levels. The workshop also complemented the ASEAN and UN reports by incorporating grassroots experience and local knowledge to fill important gaps in understanding disaster management/preparedness processes, and some views on lessons to be learnt from this unfortunate experience.