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 2010


Launch of the World Bank's East Asia Economic Update 2010
22 October 2010 I ISEAS Singapore

ASC organised the launch, in collaboration with the World Bank Office in Singapore.

Brainstorming Session on Achieving the ASEAN Economic Community 2015: Challenges for Member Countries and Businesses

23 September 2010 I ISEAS Singapore

ASC organised a brainstorming session at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS) on the challenges in realising the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) by 2015. The brainstorming session further explored the dicussions on the same topic at the ASEAN Roundtable 2010 held on 29 April 2010...

2nd Train-the-Trainers Course on the ASEAN Charter

24-27 August 2010 I ASEAN Secretariat, Jakarta

With the ASEAN Charter's entry into force on 15 December 2008, ASEAN Member States are discussing various aspects of implementing the Charter provisions. Several implementation issues have emerged as members strive to understand, share and promote the Charter among various stakeholders in the regional and in their respective national contexts. To assist ASEAN officials and ASEAN Secretariat officers conduct the debate on the Charter's implementation, the ASEAN Studies Centre took on the challenge of developing and conducting a train-the-trainers course on the key provisions of the Charter.

Workshop on ASEAN-US Relations: What are the Talking Points?

16 July 2010 I ISEAS Singapore

The ASEAN Studies Centre (ASC) organised a workshop on "ASEAN-US Relations: What are the Talking Points?" on 16 July 2010 at ISEAS, bringing together representatives from the policy, business and academic communities, partly in preparation for an expected summit meeting between the US President and ASEAN leaders. Discussions touched on the US military presence in the region, cooperation on maritime security, strategic issues such as US-China relations and the recent US policy shift towards Myanmar, and progress in economic and technical cooperation…

Launch of ASEAN Matters for America/America Matters for ASEAN

07 June 2010 I A Collaborative Project of ISEAS and the East-West Center in Washington

The ASEAN Studies Centre (ASC) at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS) has jointly launched with the East-West Centre in Washington, a new initiative on "ASEAN Matters for America/ America Matters for ASEAN" which provides information and analysis for deeper, long-term partnerships between the United States (US) and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and its ten member states. The initiative is a collaborative project of the East-West Center in Washington and ISEAS, and is part of the East-West Center's Asia Matters for America/ America Matters for Asia initiative...

ASC-ISEAS Project on "ASEAN 2.0: ICT, Governance and Community in Southeast Asia"

02 April-13 May 2010

Pursuant to a memorandum of understanding between them, the ASEAN Studies Centre (ASC) of the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore, and the Philippines' Ideacorp jointly organised a series of roundtables to produce a study and a set of recommendations on how ASEAN can use ICT (Information and Communication Technology) to improve its operations and its relationship with member-governments and how it can be harnessed to build an ASEAN community. The first roundtable took place in Yangon, Myanmar, on 2 April 2010, and the last one in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on 13 May 2010. Participants included representatives from the government (mainly Ministry of Foreign Affairs and ICT Ministry), the ICT industry, NGOs, civil society organisations and the academia. Mr Rodolfo C. Severino (Head of ASC) and Dr Pavin Chachavalpongpun (Lead Researcher for Political and Strategic Affairs, ASC) took turns in attending the roundtables...

Launch of the Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2010

06 May 2010 I ISEAS Singapore

The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) released on – 6 May 2010 – in 22 countries in the Asia-Pacific region and in New York and Geneva, the ESCAP Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2010. Dr Shuvojit Banerjee, Economic Affairs Officer in the ESCAP's Macroeconomic Policy and Development Division, launched the Survey in Singapore, at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS) in the presence of ISEAS Research Fellows; representatives of Embassies and regional organisations resident in Singapore, and NGOs…

ASEAN Roundtable 2010: Achieving the ASEAN Economic Community 2015: Challenges for Member Countries

29 April 2010 I The Banyan I Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore

ASC organised the ASEAN Roundtable 2010 on 29 April 2010 at Shangri-la Hotel in Singapore, in partnership with Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS). The Roundtable focused on the state of readiness and prospects for ASEAN member countries in achieving the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) by 2015. Discussions assessed the readiness of each ASEAN member in meeting their commitments for regional economic integration...

Seminar on The Early Years of ASEAN: From the Perspectives of ASEAN Founding Fathers

Dr Sompong Sucharitkul
Dean, Faculty of Law, Rangsit University &
Distinguished Professor Emeritus
International and Comparative Law
Golden Gate University, USA
26 March 2010 I ISEAS Singapore

About the Seminar
This seminar is about the events leading to ASEAN's founding and regional cooperation for economic development, depicting the difficulties facing the founding countries of ASEAN and the urgent need for collective survival and stability, outlining the aims and purposes of regional cooperation for Southeast Asia as a geographical concept. These were primary preoccupations of the leaders of Southeast Asian nations. It was for them to make the choice regarding the type of regional association to be established that would endure the storms brewing over the Pacific and the Indian Oceans at the time…

Seminar on Australia and ASEAN: 35 Years On

by HE Ms Gillian Bird
Deputy Secretary &
Ambassador to ASEAN
Australia Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade
19 March 2010 I ISEAS, Singapore

Australia's Ambassador to ASEAN, Ms Gillian Bird, will provide a broad overview of Australia's economic and political engagement with ASEAN and our cooperation in ASEAN-associated institutions, including the EAS and ARF. She will look back at what we've achieved and how our foreign/trade policy and regional architecture is continuing to evolve to meet new challenges such as trade and economic liberalisation, security cooperation, and people smuggling... Seminar Notes

2nd CLC-ASC Workshop on Urbanisation in Southeast Asia: Cities as Engines of Development

18 – 19 March 2010 I ISEAS, Singapore

About the Workshop
Southeast Asian cities are at the centre of the region's economic growth. They are also a critical source of income and wealth generation and play an important role in improving human development. However, through mismanagement or lack of resources, cities can also become centres of increasing poverty, inequality and environmental degradation. In ASEAN, there is growing recognition that the quality of urban development affects the prospects for national and regional development...

Seminar on Global Governance, Security Regionalism and ASEAN's Role as a Multilateral Utility

by Professor Dr. Jürgen Rüland
Chair in Political Science
University of Freiburg, Germany
01 March 2010 I ISEAS, Singapore

About the Seminar
The Southeast Asian security discourse has undergone major changes in the last three decades. While in the heydays the Cold War, the notion of national security, a primarily military-based security concept dominated, from the 1980s onwards shifts towards comprehensive, cooperative and even human security have taken place. All these more novel concepts have in common an extended notion of security. While they vary in terms of state-centeredness, they acknowledge that the states of the region face an array of new security challenges transcending the classical domain of high politics and military issues...

Conference on Regional Environmental Cooperation in EU and ASEAN: Lessons from Two Regions

22 - 23 February 2010 I ISEAS, Singapore

About the Conference
Member countries of both ASEAN and the EU are confronted with challenges of environmental protection issues that transcend borders. The ASEAN Studies Centre partnered with the Institute for Security and Development Policy (ISDP) of Sweden to bring together scholars and policymakers to discuss the topic of regional cooperation in environmental protection in Europe and Southeast Asia, and what lessons the two regions can learn from each other...

Proposal for ASEAN-Canada Policy Research Programme

3 February 2010 I ISEAS, Singapore

About the Programme
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is one of the world's most successful regional organizations. Canada has been ASEAN's Dialogue Partner since 1977 and regularly participates in ministerial-level dialogue and consultations collectively at the annual ASEAN Post Ministerial Conferences (PMC) and the ASEAN Regional Forum. It also gets involve in cooperative endeavors with ASEAN. ASEAN-Canada signed the ASEAN Canada Economic Cooperation Agreement (ACECA) in 1981...

CLC-ASC Workshop Series on Urbanisation in Southeast Asian Countries

10-11 December 2009 I ISEAS, Singapore (1st Workshop)

About the Workshop
Nearly half of Southeast Asia's population now lives in cities. This is projected to increase to 70% in 30 years' time and more attention needs to be given to urbanisation issues. Furthermore, each Southeast Asian city faces diverse and unique circumstances. Nonetheless, there are common challenges that cities can identify with and collectively address...

ASEAN Ambassadors Seminar Series

Seminar on A New Era in the Long-Standing U.S.-ASEAN Relationship
by Mr. Scot Marciel
Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs
and Ambassador for ASEAN Affairs
09 December 2009 I ISEAS, Singapore

The United States and ASEAN have entered a new era in their relations. On the U.S. side, the accession to the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation (TAC), three visits of Secretary Clinton to the region during her first ten months in office, the meeting of President Obama and all ten ASEAN Leaders and more are clear indications of a new political engagement. On the ASEAN side, a new Charter is in place and the building of numerous regional institutions to manage security, economic, human rights and many other issues where we have common interests is well underway.