ASEAN Studies Centre

ASEANFocus Special: South China Sea Arbitration Issue 5/2016



  • The “ABCs” of the Tribunal Award
  • The Next Steps after The Award: Views from the Philippines and China
  • Debunking the Myths of the South China Sea: A Chinese Perspective
  • Analyses from Selected ASEAN Member States and Dialogue Partners
  • Thoughts and Reflections from International Thought Leaders


ASEANFocus Issue 4/2016



  • ASEAN-Russia Relations after the Sochi Summit
  • China’s One Belt One Road (OBOR) Initiative and Responses from the maritime Southeast Asian states
  • Lessons from Brexit for ASEAN
  • Insider Views: Dr Dinna Wisnu on the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR)


ASEANFocus Issue 3/2016




    • Assessing ISIS in Southeast Asia
    • The State of ASEAN’s Food Security
    • The Chinese Economy and its Impact on ASEAN
    • 5 Realities of the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community




ASEANFocus Issue 2/2016




    • Laos’ ASEAN Chairmanship In 2016
    • The Future of ASEAN-US Relations
    • ASEAN’s Single Aviation Market
    • ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Drug Matters
    • Tourism in ASEAN
    • Insider Views: Tan Sri Tony Fernandes & Sentot Mujiono




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ASEAN Studies Centre
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ASEANFocus Issue 1/2016



  • ASEAN Community Vision 2025 Declaration
  • Analyses of the Political-Security, Economic, Socio-Cultural Pillars
  • Views from the Secretaries-General
  • Views from ASEAN Dialogue Partners
  • Views from the Business, Media and Research Communities


ASEANFocus Issue 3/2015



  • 3 Perspectives on East Asia Summit
  • AEC: Challenges for ASEAN
  • South China Sea: Freedom of Navigation in South China Sea & US FONOPS and ASEAN
  • Myanmar’s Elections 2015
  • Insider Views: Dr Surin Pitsuwan


ASEANFocus Issue 2/2015



  • Five Facts on the AEC
  • Duties, Obligations and Challenges of the ASEAN Chair
  • ASEAN and the Haze Crisis
  • Strategic implications of the TPP for Southeast Asia
  • Insider Views: Tan Sri Dr Mohd Munir Abdul Majid
  • ASEAN’s Dialogue Partners


ASEANFocus Issue 1/2015



  • Withered Maritime Southeast Asia?
  • Do Young People Know ASEAN?
  • AEC as an Economic Strategic Project
  • Timor-Leste’s ASEAN Membership Application


About Us


The ASEAN Studies Centre (ASC) was established in 2008 to research on issues pertaining to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) as an institution and a process. Through research, publications, conferences, media engagement and outreach activities, ASC seeks to promote greater understanding of ASEAN and to contribute toward regional cooperation and integration. The Centre conducts studies and provides inputs to stakeholders on issues and matters that call for collective ASEAN actions and responses, especially those pertinent to building the ASEAN Community.

As part of the Centre’s on-going effort to raise awareness and lead discussions on ASEAN matters, our Fellows actively share their research findings and opinions on ASEAN developments and issues in major news outlets and online platforms. ASC organizes events such as the ASEAN Roundtable and the ASEAN Lecture Series which feature and engage high-level policy-makers, eminent scholars, public intellectuals and business leaders discussing transformative ideas that will shape the development of the region, in addition to fostering a better understanding of ASEAN. Our quarterly publication ASEANFocus connects the wider audience to important developments in Southeast Asia with in-depth analytical pieces at the same time enhancing understanding and awareness on ASEAN.

Some of the Centre’s research focus areas include ASEAN relations with the major powers, the regional security architecture, economic integration, regional trade liberalisation, economic regionalism, movement of labour, development gap, connectivity, illegal and irregular movement of people, people-to-people connectivity, environmental security (including transboundary haze).

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