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 2011



The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP):  Economic and Strategic Implications for the Asia-Pacific

12 December 2011 | ISEAS, Singapore

On December 12th, 2011, the ASEAN Studies Centre at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies organised a seminar on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP):  Economic and Strategic Implications for the Asia-Pacific.  Taking part were knowledgeable personalities - Dr Rahul Sen, Senior Lecturer in Economics at the AUT Business School, Auckland, Mr Rodolfo C Severino, Head of the ASEAN Studies Centre, ISEAS, Singapore and Professor Eul-Soo Pang, Visiting Professorial Fellow, ISEAS, Singapore.

ASEAN in the News:  A Post-Summit Analysis

5 December 2011 | ISEAS, Singapore

The 19th ASEAN Summit and its related events, including the individual Summits with China, Japan, and the Republic of Korea, and the East Asia Summit (EAS), were held on 17-19 November 2011 in Bali, Indonesia.  The Summit generated much media attention and questions on several topics, which this short analysis aims to address.

6th Korea-ASEAN Forum
2-3 December 2011 | Pan Pacific Hotel, Singapore

The 6th ASEAN-Korea Forum was held in Singapore from 2-3 December 2011, bringing together participants from the policy, business and academic communities of ASEAN countries and the Repubic of Korea (ROK).  They discussed prospects and issues for Korea-ASEAN relations in the political, economic and socio-cultural spheres.  The ASEAN Studies Centre at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS), Singapore and the Seoul National University Asia Centre co-organised the Forum with support from the Korea Foundation.


"Enhancing Myanmar's Participation in the ASEAN Economic Community:  Preparing for the Future"
6 October 2011 | Republic of the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI), Yangon

The UMFCCI and the ASEAN Studies Centre (ASC) at the Insitute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS), Singapore co-organised the event.  Representives of Myanmar's policy, business and academic communities and practitioners and experts from think-tanks and universities in the region shared their perspectives on ASEAN member states' present and potential role and capacity in taking advantage of the privileges offered under the ASEAN trade in goods and services agreements, and evolving needs to meet these commitments as well those under the Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity.  


"ASEAN-Japan Workshop on Engaging with the ASEAN Connectivity Master Plan"
4 October 2011 | ISEAS, Singapore

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs Singapore, in collaboration with the Embassy of Japan in Singapore and the ASEAN Studies Centre (ASC) of the Insitute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS), Singapore organised an ASEAN-Japan Workshop on ASEAN Connectivity on 4 October 2011.  


"Roundtable on Food Security, Climate Change and Energy:  Issues for the ASEAN-Australia Cooperation Agenda"
9 September 2011 | Grand Park City Hall Hotel, Singapore

The ASEAN Studies Centre at the Insitute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS), Singapore in partnership with The Global Foundation, Australia, organised a Roundtable on Food Security, Climate Change and Energy to discuss issues and concerns from these contemporary themes with relevance to ASEAN-Australia dialogue cooperation.  A summary of the findings of the roundtable has been finalised, with contributions from both organisers.  To access the summary, please click here.   


"ASEAN Roundtable 2011: Enhancing ASEAN's Connectivity"
5 May 2011 |Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore

ASEAN intends to create an economic community by 2015. The tariff cutting component of that community is on track on paper. All ASEAN's Free Trade Agreements with its dialogue partners have become effective at different points in time in the last few years. But there exist many non-tariff barriers which would lower the potential benefits under the ASEAN
economic integration...

"ASEAN-Russia Conference: Foundations and Future Prospects"

26 - 27 April 2011 I ISEAS

The conference was held at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS) on 26-27 April 2011. The ASEAN Studies Centre at ISEAS and the Russia Program of ISEAS co-organised the event with the ASEAN Centre at MGIMO University, Moscow...

"Timor Leste: ASEAN's Eleventh Member?"

13 April 2011 I ISEAS

The debate on whether Timor Leste should be admitted into ASEAN as its eleventh member is ongoing. Supporters of Timor Leste's ASEAN membership have cited the recent impressive developments inside the country, both economically and politically. They have perceived such developments as an asset to ASEAN's community-building process...

NUS Students' Political Asscociation Forum 2011: ASEAN & Social Development: The Way Forward

29 March 2011 I NUS, School of Computing, Singapore

Featuring the ASEAN Studies Centre's Dr Pavin Chachavalpongpun

ILO Global Employment Trends 2011 Launch

28 February 2011 I ISEAS Singapore

The International Labour Organisation (ILO) launched its Global Employment Trends (GET) report for 2011 globally on 25 January 2011. The ASEAN Studies Centre at ISEAS organised the GET 2011 Southeast Asia launch at ISEAS on 28 February 2011.

ASEAN and Thai-Cambodian Conflict from Historical, Current and Regional Perspectives

24 February 2011 I ISEAS Singapore

Prof. Charnvit Kasetsiri, in his presentation entitled "Bad History, Bad Education and Bad ASEAN Neighbour Relations", proposed two solutions within the context of the ASEAN framework, firstly, revising history textbooks for ASEAN, secondly, turning the battlefields into "Hindu-Buddhist Trans-Boundary ASEAN World Heritage" sites.

Entering Unchartered Waters? ASEAN and The South China Sea Dispute

18 February 2011 I ISEAS Singapore

A conference organised by the ASEAN Studies Centre comprised former journalists, legal professionals, academics, government representatives and other analysts. The aim of the conference was not to provide an instant solution to the disputes but to highlight the claims of the states involved, understand these claims in their legal context and illuminate how non-claimant members of ASEAN can help to resolve these disagreements by peaceful means.

Regional Conference on Intellectual Property and Economic Development: Challenges and Opportunities

16-17 February 2011 I ISEAS Singapore

ASC partnered with the WIPO-Singapore office to bring together representatives of public sector and patenting agencies from countries in ASEAN and the Asia-Pacific, to determine how Asian countries meet the challenges of IP formulation and implementation, in the context of their wider economic and social development goals.