ISEAS turned 50 in 2018 and we had a memorable year as a series of events commemorated the occasion.
PM Lee Hsien Loong delivered the ISEAS 50th Anniversary Lecture on 13 March 2018 at the Orchard Hotel with about 500 guests, including Minister for Foreign Affairs, Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, government and business leaders, diplomats, academics, friends of ISEAS and students attending the event and the accompanying exhibition showcasing ISEAS’s development over its 50-year history.
Reflective of our core as a research institute, two other anniversary lectures on academic subjects, delivered by Professor Leonard Andaya and Professor Wang Gungwu, ISEAS Chairman, were organised.
The three lectures were compiled into a volume titled "ISEAS at 50: Understanding Southeast Asia Past and Present". Other publications included special commemorative issues of our annual Southeast Asian Affairs and all our three flagship journals — Contemporary Southeast Asia, Journal of Southeast Asian Economies and SOJOURN (Social Issues in Southeast Asia) were also issued.
2018 was an eventful year in the region. Elections were happening in Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand. The highs and lows of US-China relations. Singapore was the ASEAN Chair. These developments had kept our researchers very busy.
Within ISEAS, there were also new developments to improve processes and enhance productivity.
For more details on these and other achievements, please download the report in PDF here.
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