Centres

About Us

 

The 1993 APEC Leaders’ Education Initiative (ALEI) established, among other things, APEC Study Centres in the universities and research institutes of member economies with a view towards promoting APEC-related studies and the exchange of scholars and students.

The Singapore APEC Study Centre was subsequently established at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS) in 1994 by the Ministry of Education, Singapore. It is part of the Institute’s Regional Economic Studies Programme. The Centre is headed by the Director of ISEAS and assisted by a Centre Coordinator.

The Centre undertakes research, disseminates information, facilitates discussions on APEC-related issues, and promotes linkages with other APEC Study Centres. The Centre also liaises with the APEC Secretariat, the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (PECC) and other organizations working on APEC. The Centre analyses developments in the APEC process and its main areas of interest include: international economics; production networks; trade arrangements; connectivity; regionalism; and Southeast Asian economies. Besides regular publications, the Centre manages seminars and symposia on issues related to APEC.

The Centre is part of a consortium of around a hundred APEC Study Centres based in academic and research institutions in the 21 member economies of APEC. The consortium’s major activity is an annual conference held in the APEC host economy for the year. The first APEC Study Centre Consortium (ASCC) Conference was held in Manila in 1996. In July 2009, the Singapore APEC Study Centre hosted the ASCC Conference as part of APEC Singapore 2009.

 

Opinions

 

The Centre posts on its Website opinions related to ASEAN by Centre researchers, persons affiliated with ISEAS or the Centre, and by others. The opinions expressed are their own and not necessarily those of ISEAS or the Centre.


2017

  1. Nikkei Asian Review: Experts call for ASEAN unity on South China Sea ASC Head Dr Tang Siew Mun was quoted in this article published on 25 October 2017.
  2. The Globe Post: ASEAN Lacks Unity as Need to Address Rohingya Crisis Grows ASC Lead Researcher II (Political & Security Affairs) Hoang Thi Ha was quoted in this article published on 9 October 2017.
  3. The Malaysian Reserves: After 5 decades — doing away with the ASEAN way? ASC Head Dr Tang Siew Mun was quoted in this article published on 9 October 2017.
  4. Korea Times: ASEAN nations need to curb exchanges with N. Korea ASC Lead Researcher II (Political & Security Affairs) Hoang Thi Ha was quoted in this article published on 25 September 2017.
  5. ISEAS Perspective: ASEAN Single Window: Advancing Trade Facilitation for Regional Integration by ASC Lead Researcher (Economics) Dr Sanchita Basu Das.
  6. Nasdaq: SE Asian economies get a lift from China. Later, they may get the bill ASC Lead Researcher (Economics) Sanchita Basu Das was quoted in this article published on 7 September 2017.
  7. The Straits Times: Myanmar crisis: Humanitarian effort by ASEAN a possibility ASC Lead Researcher (Socio-Cultural Affairs) Moe Thuzar was quoted in this article published on 7 September 2017.
  8. Rappler: At 50, ASEAN faces unpleasant reality check ASC Head Dr Tang Siew Mun was quoted in this article published on 27 August 2017.
  9. TODAY: COMMENTARY: How can RCEP benefit ASEAN? by ASC Lead Researcher (Economics) Sanchita Basu Das and ASC Research Officer Pham Thi Phuong Thao, published on 25 August 2017.
  10. TODAY: COMMENTARY: The ASEAN Charter: Evolutionary or revolutionary? by ASC Lead Researcher I (Political & Security Affairs) Dr Termsak Chalermpalanupap, published on 19 August 2017.
  11. TODAY: COMMENTARY: The promise and perils of democratising ASEAN by ASC Lead Researcher (Socio-Cultural Affairs) Moe Thuzar and ASC Research Officer Nur Aziemah, published on 17 August 2017.
  12. TODAY: COMMENTARY: ASEAN centrality is meaningless if group lacks trust of others by ASC Head Dr Tang Siew Mun and ASC Research Officer Jason Salim, published on 15 August 2017.
  13. TODAY: COMMENTARY: EU no role model, but holds lessons for ASEAN by ASC Lead Researcher II (Political & Security Affairs) Hoang Thi Ha, published on 11 August 2017.
  14. TODAY: COMMENTARY: ASEAN’s decent track record in working for the common good by ASC Lead Researcher (Socio-Cultural Affairs) Moe Thuzar, published on 9 August 2017.
  15. TODAY: COMMENTARY: ASEAN Economic Community a solid pathway to prosperity by Dr Tham Siew Yean, published on 7 August 2017.
  16. The Straits Times: SEA Views: Why a strong ASEAN is essential for region by Dr Pongphisoot (Paul) Busbarat, published on 3 August 2017.
  17. ISEAS Commentary: “ASEAN Convenes High-Level Security Talks Amidst Regional Uncertainties” by ASC Head Dr Tang Siew Mun and ASC Research Officer Jason Salim.
  18. The Straits Times: ASEAN keeps readers riveted at Big Read Meet ASC Lead Researcher II (Political & Security Affairs) Hoang Thi Ha was quoted in this article published on 31 July 2017.
  19. ISEAS Commentary: “A Futile Call: Making Bahasa Melayu ASEAN’s Official Language” by ASC Head Dr Tang Siew Mun.
  20. Why are sanctions on N. Korea not working? ASC Lead Researcher II (Political & Security Affairs) Hoang Thi Ha was quoted in this article published on 27 July 2017.
  21. Khmer Times: Promoting an inclusive ASEAN Dr Vannarith Chheang was quoted in this article published on 24 July 2017.
  22. VOA Exclusive: ASEAN, China Expected to Endorse Initial Code of Conduct in South China Sea ASC Head Dr Tang Siew Mun was quoted in this article published on 25 July 2017.
  23. Nikkei Asian Review: Prospects fade for ASEAN migrant worker deal ASC Lead Researcher (Socio-Cultural Affairs) Moe Thuzar was quoted in this article published on 22 July 2017.
  24. VOA News: US Pivots Back to Hard Line on China Over Disputed Sea ASC Lead Researcher I (Political & Security Affairs) Dr Termsak was quoted in this article published on 4 July 2017.
  25. ISEAS Perspective: Trade Facilitation Synergies between WTO and ASEAN Initiatives by ASC Lead Researcher (Economcs) Dr Sanchita Basu Das
  26. Financial Times: Japan sends biggest warship on Southeast Asia mission ASC Head Dr Tang Siew Mun was quoted in this article published on 20 June 2017.
  27. TODAY: Trump’s Asia retreat leaves room for new regional order ASC Head Dr Tang Siew Mun was quoted in this article published on 20 June 2017.
  28. TODAY: SMEs urged to transform their businesses to ride on digital wave ASC Lead Researcher (Economcs) Dr Sanchita Basu Das was quoted in this article published on 20 June 2017.
  29. NHK World: NRT Focus – ASEAN: Between Superpowers ASC Head Dr Tang Siew Mun was quoted in this article published on 13 June 2017.
  30. The Straits Times: Why James Mattis’ reassurance fell a little short ASC Head Dr Tang Siew Mun was quoted in this article published on 5 June 2017.
  31. The Diplomat: The US Needs ASEAN in Its New Asia Strategy by Vannarith Chheang, published on 6 June 2017.
  32. ISEAS Perspective: What does it take to join ASEAN? by ASC Lead Researcher (Socio-Cultural Affairs) Moe Thuzar.
  33. TODAY: COMMENTARY: United ASEAN the best way to keep US engaged in region by ASC Head Dr Tang Siew Mun, published on 19 May 2017.
  34. TODAY: China, Asean agree on code of conduct framework in South China SeaASC Head Dr Tang Siew Mun was quoted in this article published on 18 May 2017.
  35. TODAY: Duterte wants ASEAN to include Turkey, Mongolia ASC Head Dr Tang Siew Mun was quoted in this article published on 16 May 2017.
  36. US steps up SE Asia effort but survey points to China sway ASC Head Dr Tang Siew Mun was quoted in this article published on 5 May 2017.
  37. TODAY: America no longer seen as a dependable ally: ASEAN survey ASC Head Dr Tang Siew Mun was quoted in this article published on 5 May 2017.
  38. TODAY: ISEAS poll shows low trust for China in region ASC Lead Researcher II (Political & Security Affairs) Hoang Thi Ha was quoted in this article published on 4 May 2017.
  39. TODAY: COMMENTARY: ASEAN, China need reality check on South China Sea issue by ASC Head Tang Siew Mun, published on 19 April 2017.
  40. Will RCEP be a reality by the end of 2017? ASC Lead Researcher (Economics) Sanchita Basu Das was quoted in this article published on 23 April 2017.
  41. ISEAS Perspective: The End of the TPP: Symptoms of American Decline and ASEAN’s Response by Shaun Narine
  42. TODAY: COMMENTARY: United ASEAN the best way to keep US engaged in region by ASC Lead Researcher II (Political & Security Affairs) Hoang Thi Ha, published on 19 April 2017.
  43. TODAY: COMMENTARY: Realism needed on S China Sea code of conduct by ASC Lead Researcher I (Political & Security Affairs) Dr Termsak Chalermpalanupap, published on 31 March 2017.
  44. ISEAS Perspective: The 2017 ASEAN Foreign Ministers Retreat: Outlining ASEAN’s Discussions about the South China Sea by ASC Lead Researcher II (Political & Security Affairs) Hoang Thi Ha.
  45. ISEAS Perspective: De-Globalisation Sentiment Carries Risks for ASEAN Economies by ASC Lead Researcher (Economics) Sanchita Basu Das.
  46. COMMENTARY: ASEAN Foreign Ministers Set for a Tough Year Ahead by ISEAS Fellow Hoang Thi Ha.
  47. The Nation: Questions raised about ASEAN’s practicality ASC Head Dr Tang Siew Mun was quoted in this article published on 17 February 2016.
  48. ISEAS Perspective: The Future of Trade Diplomacy in East Asia by ASC Lead Researcher (Economics) Dr Sanchita Basu Das.
  49. VOA Khmer: Q&A: Tang Siew Mun on the Legacy of the Obama Administration in ASEAN, One Year After the Sunnylands Summit ASC Head Dr Tang Siew Mun’s interview was published on 10 February 2017.
  50. ABS-CBN News: PH reconciliation with China reduced tension in SCS, good for ASEAN ASC Head Dr Tang Siew Mun was quoted in this article published on 31 January 2017.
  51. Nikkei Asian Review: Rohingya crisis is another headache for ASEAN ASC Head Dr Tang Siew Mun was quoted in this article published on 26 January 2017.
  52. ISEAS Perspective: Challenges for Indonesia to achieve its Maritime Connectivity Plan and Leverage on Regional Initiatives by ISEAS Fellow Siwage Dharma Negara and ASC Lead Researcher (Economics) Sanchita Basu Das.
  53. TODAY: ASEAN could bear fallout from giants’ dispute over South China Sea ASC Head Dr Tang Siew Mun was quoted in this article published on 4 January 2017.

2016

  1. The Diplomat: Five Decades of ASEAN: The History of a Political Miracle by ASC Lead Researcher I (Political & Security Affairs) Dr Termsak Chalermpalanupap, published on 27 December 2016.
  2. Channel NewsAsia: ASEAN Spotlight: ASEAN Student Programs ASC Lead Researcher (Socio-Cultural Affairs) Moe Thuzar was featured on this CNA’s news magazine programme.
  3. Bangkok Post: Rohingya plight now an ASEAN issue ASC Lead Researcher (Socio-Cultural Affairs) Moe Thuzar was quoted in this article published on 27 December 2016.
  4. TODAY: COMMENTARY: What can ASEAN do about the Rohingya crisis? by ISEAS Fellow Hoang Thi Ha, published on 22 December 2016.
  5. ISEAS Perspective – Issue No. 70: Rakhine Crisis Challenges ASEAN’s Non-Interference Principle by ISEAS Fellow Hoang Thi Ha and Visiting Senior Fellow, Ye Htut, published on 21 December 2016.
  6. The Straits Times: ASEAN should keep engaging Myanmar on Rohingyas: Experts ISEAS Fellow Hoang Thi Ha was quoted in this article published on 21 December 2016.
  7. COMMENTARY: Stumbling Blocks to RCEP by ASC Lead Researcher (Economics) Dr Sanchita Basu Das.
  8. COMMENTARY: Managing the Rohingya Issue through Quiet Diplomacy by ISEAS Fellow Hoang Thi Ha.
  9. The Diplomat: Myanmar’s Rohingya Crisis is ASEAN’s Responsibility by ASC Lead Researcher (Political & Security Affairs) Dr Termsak Chalermpalanupap for The Diplomat published on 8 December 2016.
  10. COMMENTARY: Fate of TPP and Other Possible Configurations by ASC Lead Researcher (Economics) Dr Sanchita Basu Das.
  11. The Straits Times: South-east Asia needs a reset on trade deals by ASC Lead Researcher (Economics) Dr Sanchita Basu Das, published on 17 November 2016.
  12. Financial Times China tries chequebook diplomacy in Southeast Asia ASC Head Dr Tang Siew Mun was quoted in an article published on 8 November 2016.
  13. Mizzima: Myanmar, ASEAN and the United States: New Directions under a Trump Presidency? by ASC Lead Researcher (Socio-Cultural Affairs) Moe Thuzar, published on 15 November 2016.
  14. The Straits Times: ASEAN-US Relations: Can the Momentum be Maintained? by ISEAS Fellow Hoang Thi Ha, published on 5 November 2016.
  15. The Straits Times: Obama’s legacy in South-east Asia by ASC Head Tang Siew Mun, Evan A. Laksmana, and Dr Malcolm Cook, published on 4th and 5th November 2016.
  16. Project Syndicate: Unshackling ASEAN by ISEAS Fellow Le Hong Hiep, published on 3 November 2016.
  17. TODAY: Duterte’s shift towards Beijing spells more trouble for ASEAN centrality
    ASC Head Dr Tang Siew Mun and ISEAS Senior Fellow Dr Malcolm Cook were quoted in this article published on 28 October 2016.
  18. The Straits Times: The Duterte challenge for ASEAN by ASC Head Dr Tang Siew Mun, published on 28 October 2016
  19. ISEAS Perspective “Can ASEAN Overcome the ‘Consensus Dilemma’ over the South China Sea?” by ISEAS Fellow Le Hong Hiep.
  20. TODAY: Duterte’s personal game could lead to choppier waters for Asean by ISEAS Senior Fellow Malcolm Cook, published on 24 October 2016.
  21. The Straits Times: ASEAN needs some serious soul-searching on its ties with a friend showing signs of increasing assertiveness by ASC Head Tang Siew Mun, published on 8 October 2016.
  22. TODAY: When Duterte meets ASEAN by ASC Head Tang Siew Mun and ISEAS Senior Fellow Dr Malcolm Cook, published on 21 September 2016.
  23. COMMENTARY: Questions on China’s Friendship Treaty Proposal by ASC Head Dr Tang Siew Mun.
  24. COMMENTARY: ASEAN Kicks-in the Next Phase of Regional Connectivity by ASC Lead Researcher (Economics) Dr Sanchita Basu Das.
  25. The Straits Times: Six takeaways from ASEAN summits by ASC Head Dr Tang Siew Mun, published on 15 September 2016.
  26. COMMENTARY: ASEAN’s RCEP Dilemma by ISEAS Senior Fellow Dr Malcolm Cook.
  27. TODAY: Strategic trust crucial in China-ASEAN ties by ASC Head Dr Tang Siew Mun, publishedon 12 September 2016.
  28. The Straits Times: Little room for ASEAN to move in maritime dispute
  29. Penzanews: Second Eastern Economic Forum results meet all expectations of guests and organizers ASC Lead Researcher (Political & Security Affairs) Dr Termsak Chalermpalanupap was quoted in this article published on 8 September 2016.
  30. COMMENTARY: Taking Baby Steps in the South China Sea by ASC Fellow Hoang Thi Ha.
  31. TODAY: ASEAN, China introduce measures to dial down tensions in South China SeaASC Lead Researcher (Political & Security Affairs) Dr Termsak Chalermpalanupap was quoted in this article published on 7 September 2016.
  32. <strong>TODAY: Making the Cues code work in the South China Seaby ASC Fellow Hoang Thi Ha, published on 8 September 2016.
  33. COMMENTARY: The Case of the Missing Civil Society Organisations (CSO) at the ASEAN Summit by ASC Fellow Hoang Thi Ha.
  34. SEA Globe: Obama to play key role at ASEAN summits as part of historic Laos visitASC Head Dr Tang Siew Mun was quoted in this article published on 6 September 2016.
  35. Financial Times: ASEAN is coming together — slowly ASC Head Dr Tang Siew Mun was quoted in this article published on 5 September 2016.
  36. TODAY: Navigating the South China Sea issue at the ASEAN Summits by ASC Head Dr Tang Siew Mun, published on 5 September 2016.
  37. COMMENTARY: Previewing the 28th and 29th ASEAN Summits and Related Meetings by ASC Head Dr Tang Siew Mun and ASC Research Officer Jason Salim.
  38. Nikkei Asian Review: Building a better bloc requires a stronger nerve center by ASC Lead Researcher (Socio-Cultural Affairs) Moe Thuzar, published on 1 September 2016.
  39. The Singapore Economic Review, Vol. 62, No. 03 (2017): A Partial ASEAN Customs Union Post 2015 by ASC Lead Researcher (Economics) Dr Sanchita Basu Das.
  40. AsiaOne: ASEAN hits 49th anniversary as it struggles with reaching consensus on South China Sea tensions, economic development ASC Head Dr Tang Siew Mun was quoted in an article published on 9 August 2016.
  41. TODAY: At 49, what’s next for ASEAN? by ASC Head Tang Siew Mun, published on 8 August 2016.
  42. The Straits Times: ASEAN should highlight more of its efforts on economic cooperation by ASC Lead Researcher (Economics) Dr Sanchita Basu Das, published on 2 August 2016.
  43. COMMENTARY: Fast-Track Talks on the Code of Conduct in the South China Seaby ASC Fellow Hoang Thi Ha.
  44. The Straits Times: South China Sea dispute: ASEAN voice drowned out as big powers pipe up ASC Head Dr Tang Siew Mun was quoted in this article published on 29 July 2016.
  45. TODAY: How should ASEAN deal with Cambodia?ASC Lead Researcher (Socio-Cultural Affairs) Moe Thuzar was quoted in this article published on 28 July 2016.
  46. COMMENTARY: Reflections on the 49th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting by ASC Head Dr Tang Siew Mun.
  47. COMMENTARY: Rule of Law in the South China Sea: Where does ASEAN Stand?by ASC Fellow Hoang Thi Ha.
  48. COMMENTARY: The Veto: ASEAN’s Growing Liability by ASC Research Officer Jason Salim.
  49. TODAY: ASEAN joint statement on S China Sea omits mention of Hague rulingASC Head Tang Siew Mun and Lead Researcher (Political & Security Affairs) Dr Termsak Chalermpalanupap were quoted in an article published on 26 July 2016.
  50. Japan Times: Watered-down ASEAN statement could diminish grouping’s already waning clout: analystsASC Head Tang Siew Mun was quoted in this article published on 25 July 2016.
  51. TODAY: ASEAN must reassess its ‘one voice’ decision-making by ASC Head Dr Tang Siew Mun, published on 12 July 2016.
  52. COMMENTARY: Issues and Points to Look out for at the 49th ASEAN Foreign Ministers Meeting and Related Meetings by ASC Head Dr Tang Siew Mun.
  53. Channel NewsAsia: COMMENTARY: Why China must charm ASEAN again ASC Head Tang Siew Mun was quoted in this article published on 22 July 2016.
  54. The Diplomat: No ASEAN Consensus on the South China Sea by Lead Researcher (Political & Security Affairs) Dr Termsak Chalermpalanupap, published on 21 July 2016.
  55. The Straits TimesDemystifying Asean’s ‘performance’ in disputes by ASC Head Tang Siew Mun, published on on 20 July 2016.
  56. Yibada: Criticism of China’s South China Sea Stand to Intensify at ASEM in Mongolia ASC Head Tang Siew Mun was quoted in this article published on 15 July 2016.
  57. Wall Street Journal: South China Sea Ruling Puts Fish Rivalry Into Spotlight ASC Head Dr Tang Siew Mun was quoted in this article published on 19 July 2016.
  58. South China Morning Post: Beijing braces for South China Sea challenge at Asia-Europe Meeting ASC Head Dr Tang Siew Mun was quoted in this article published on 14 July 2016.
  59. Asialink: ASEAN regional experts on the South China Sea ruling ASC Lead Researcher (Political & Security Affairs) Dr Termsak Chalermpalanupap’s interview was published on 13 July 2016.
  60. Wall Street Journal: South China Sea Ruling Gives Smaller Claimants Leverage ASC Head Dr Tang Siew Mun was quoted in this article published on 13 July 2016.
  61. VOA News: China, Philippines Eye Talks After Ruling Against Beijing Maritime Claims ASC Head Dr Tang Siew Mun was quoted in this article published on 13 July 2016.
  62. TODAY: How The Hague ruling affects other claimants ASC Head Dr Tang Siew Mun was quoted in this article published on 13 July 2016.
  63. TODAY: M’sia faces dilemma with cautious approach to S China Sea disputes by ASC Head Tang Siew Mun, published on 12 July 2016.
  64. The Straits Times: South China Sea dispute: Experts call for cool heads after surprise ruling ASC Lead Researcher (Political & Security Affairs) Dr Termsak Chalermpalanupap was quoted in this article published on 12 July 2016.
  65. Global Times: Trade can win SE Asian hearts and minds ASC Lead Researcher (Political & Security Affairs) Dr Termsak Chalermpalanupap was quoted in an article published on 7 July 2016.
  66. TODAY: South China Sea ruling: An opportunity to mend ties by ASC Head Dr Tang Siew Mun, published on 12 July 2016.
  67. The Straits Times: No consensus on verdict expected ASC Head Dr Tang Siew Mun was quoted in this article published on 10 July 2016.
  68. TODAY: Choppy waters ahead for ASEAN as all sides brace for Hague ruling ASC Head Tang Siew Mun, Lead Researcher (Political & Security Affairs) Dr Termsak Chalermpalanupap, and Lead Researcher (Socio-Cultural Affairs) Moe Thuzar were quoted in this article published on 8 July 2016.
  69. VOA News: China Launches Military Drills Before Tribunal Ruling ASC Head Tang Siew Mun was quoted in this article published on 5 July 2016.
  70. TODAY: How ASEAN should respond to tribunal ruling on S China Sea by ASC Lead Researcher (Political & Security Affairs) Dr Termsak Chalermpalanupap, published on 2 July 2016.
  71. The Straits Times: Brexit Has Profound Lessons for ASEAN Integration by ASC Lead Researcher (Economics) Dr Sanchita Basu Das, published 29 June 2016.
  72. The Diplomat: No Brexit Repeat in ASEAN by ASC Lead Researcher (Political & Security Affairs) Dr Termsak Chalermpalanupap, published on 28 June 2016.
  73. Labour Provisions of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and how they may Affect Southeast Asian Countries by ASC Lead Researcher (Economics) Dr Sanchita Basu Das for ISEAS Perspective #37/2016, published on 28 June 2016.
  74. COMMENTARY: Brexit Scuttles an ASEAN-EU FTA by ASC Lead Researcher (Economics) Dr Sanchita Basu Das.
  75. COMMENTARY: Assessing the Impact of Brexit for ASEAN-EU and ASEAN-UK Relations by ASC Head Dr Tang Siew Mun.
  76. strong>The Straits Times: Singapore caught in the middle as China-ASEAN country coordinator ASC Head Dr Tang Siew Mun was quoted in this article published on 24 June 2016.
  77. COMMENTARY: Between the Norm and the Exception: The ASEAN Way with Joint Statements by ASC Lead Researcher (Socio-Cultural Affairs) Moe Thuzar.
  78. COMMENTARY: Covering the Confusion: Southeast Asian Newspapers’ take on the Special ASEAN-China Foreign Ministers’ Meeting by ASC Research Officer Jason Salim.
  79. COMMENTARY: Concluding RCEP Negotiations is an Imperative for ASEAN, but China’s and India’s Cooperation is Vital by ASC Lead Researcher (Economics) Dr Sanchita Basu Das.
  80. The human challenges of an ASEAN Community by ASC Lead Researcher (Socio-Cultural Affairs) Moe Thuzar, published on 18 June 2016.
  81. TODAY: China shoots itself in the foot with divide and rule tactics in ASEAN by ASC Head Dr Tang Siew Mun published on 17 June 2016.
  82. TODAY: ASEAN expressed serious concerns over China’s actions, says Manila
    ASC Lead Researcher (Socio-Cultural affairs) Moe Thuzar was quoted in this article published on 17 June 2016.
  83. TODAY: In new setback, Asean retracts S China Sea statement by ASC Head Dr Tang Siew Mun, published on 15 June 2016.
  84. PenzaNews: ASEAN – Russia Summit emphasizes countries’ desire to strengthen their strategic ties ASC Head Dr Tang Siew Mun was quoted in this article published on 30 May 2016.
  85. COMMENTARY: Fallout from the ASEAN-China Special Foreign Ministers’ Meeting by ASC Head Dr Tang Siew Mun.
  86. The Straits Times: ASEAN and Russia look to achieve their full potential by Senior ISEAS Fellow Dr Ian Storey, published on 2 June 2016.
  87. ASEAN’s Regional Integration will be Determined by Better Connectivity in the Future by ASC Lead Researcher (Economics) Dr Sanchita Basu Das, published on 31 May 2016.
  88. COMMENTARY: A Mountain to Climb to Advance ASEAN-Russia Relations by ASC Head Dr Tang Siew Mun.
  89. The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement Holds Strategic Underpinnings by ASC Lead Researcher (Economics) Dr Sanchita Basu Das, published on 10 May 2016.
  90. The Straits Times: Hang together or hang separately? by ASC Head Dr Tang Siew Mun, published on 12 May 2016.
  91. COMMENTARY: ASEAN Secretary-General’s Views on South China Sea by ASC Lead Researcher (Political & Security Affairs) Dr Termsak Chalermpalanupap.
  92. COMMENTARY: Duterte, Jokowi and ASEAN by ISEAS Senior Fellow Dr Malcolm Cook
  93. South China Morning Post: Coastguard vessels in South China Sea need code of conduct amid increasing risk of clashes in contested waters, say analysts ASC Head Dr Tang Siew Mun was quoted in this article published on 8 May 2016.
  94. Politico: VIEWS: TRUMP ‘IS A WAKE-UP CALL FOR ASIAASC Head Dr Tang Siew Mun was quoted in this article published on 6 May 2016.
  95. COMMENTARY: China’s Belt and Road Initiative Hits a Roadblock in Thailand by ASC Head Dr Tang Siew Mun.
  96. Wall Street Journal: Donald Trump’s Ascent Watched With Wariness in Asia ASC Head Dr Tang Siew Mun was quoted in this article published on 4 May 2016.
  97. COMMENTARY: “Chinese FM Wang Yi’s Remarks Rile ASEAN” by ASC Lead Researcher (Political & Security Affairs) Dr Termsak Chalermpalanupap.
  98. Japan Up Close Op-Ed: “Southeast Asia’s Three Level Game” by ISEAS Senior Fellow Dr Malcolm Cook, published on 25 April 2016.
  99. TODAY: China’s dangerous divide and conquer game with ASEAN by ASC Head Dr Tang Siew Mun, published on 27 April 2016.
  100. by ISEAS Senior Fellow Dr Lee Poh Onn.
  101. COMMENTARY: Transboundary Haze Pollution in ASEAN is a Shared Responsibility at all Levels by ASC Lead Researcher (Socio-Cultural Affairs) Moe Thuzar.
  102. The Diplomat: Will New Faces Test ASEAN Unity at the Ministers’ Meeting? by Lead Researcher (Political & Security Affairs) Dr Termsak Chalermpalanupap, published on 22 April 2016.
  103. COMMENTARY: Revolutionising ASEAN Defence Cooperation? by ASC Research Officer Jason Salim.
  104. US-ASEAN Connect Holds Promise of Deepening ASEAN-US Relations by ISEAS Senior Fellow Tham Siew Yean for ISEAS Perspective #17/2016, published on 15 April 2016.
  105. Asia Pacific Bulletin of the East-West Center: Can the US-ASEAN Connect Initiative Create Stronger US-ASEAN Economic Relations? by ASC Lead Researcher (Economics) Dr Sanchita Basu Das, published on 7 April 2016.
  106. TODAY: A reality check, and tests for China, ASEAN by ASC Head Dr Tang Siew Mun and Lead Researcher (Political & Security Affairs) Dr Termsak Chalermpalanupap, published on 7 April 2016.
  107. COMMENTARY: ASEAN Needs to Have a Regional Nuclear Accident Plan of Action by ASC Lead Researcher (Political & Security Affairs) Dr Termsak Chalermpalanupap.
  108. TODAY: Why M’sia is adopting a tougher S China Sea stance by ASC Head Dr Tang Siew Mun, published on 21 March 2016.
  109. The Straits Times: What US-ASEAN Connect means for the region by ASC Lead Researcher (Economics) Dr Sanchita Basu Das, published on 17 March 2016.
  110. TODAY: COMMENTARY: The spirit of ASEAN’s founding fathers lives on by ASC Head Tang Siew Mun and ASC Lead Researcher (Political & Security Affairs) Dr Termsak Chalermpalanupap, published on 11 March 2016.
  111. The Business Times: Intra-region trade links in Asean closer than in EU by ASC Lead Researcher (Economics) Dr Sanchita Basu Das, published on 7 March 2016.
  112. The Business Times: Overseas push critical for growth by ASC Lead Researcher (Economics) Dr Sanchita Basu Das, published on 7 March 2016.
  113. TODAY: Turning the US-ASEAN strategic partnership into a lasting one by ASC Head Dr Tang Siew Mun, published on 3 March 2016.
  114. TODAY: Why US should stay engaged with ASEAN by ASC Senior Fellow Dr Tham Siew Yean, published on 26 February 2016.
  115. Chatham House: ASEAN’s Regional Role and Relations with Japan: The Challenges of Deeper Integration co-authored by ASC Lead Researcher (Socio-Cultural Affair) Moe Thuzar, published on 18 February 2016.
  116. TODAY: China deployed missiles on disputed isle, US charges ASC Head Dr Tang Siew Mun was quoted in this article published on 18 February 2016.
  117. TODAY: S China Sea, terrorism on the agenda as historic US-ASEAN summit kicks offASC Head Dr Tang Siew Mun was quoted in this article published on 15 February 2016.
  118. Deutsche Welle: US-ASEAN Summit to tout ‘symbolic power ASC Lead Researcher (Socio-Cultural Affairs) Moe Thuzar was quoted in this article published on 12 February 2016.
  119. The Business Times: Sealing the changing perception of US engagement in ASEAN by ASC Lead Researcher (Economics) Dr Sanchita Basu Das, published on 12 February 2016
  120. The Straits Times: Restoring investors’ confidence in ASEAN by ASC Lead Researcher (Economics) Dr Sanchita Basu Das, published on 11 February 2016.
  121. East Asia Forum: Trade agreements are in ASEAN’s best interests by ASC Lead Researcher (Economics) Sanchita Basu Das, published on 6 February 2016.

 

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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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Projects and Activities

 

 

Do Young People Know ASEAN? 29 April 2015

 

A Dialogue Forum on “Attitudes and Awareness Towards ASEAN: A Research Finding” was held at Kuala Lumpur on 29 April 2015, as part of the series of ASEAN-related discussions and forums held in conjunction with the 26th ASEAN Summit recently hosted and chaired by Malaysia.  It discussed the preliminary results of an update of a ten-nation survey among undergraduate students, first undertaken in 2007.

In 2014, ISEAS coordinated an update of the 2007 survey, in order to gauge whether attitudes have changed or remain the same on the eve of the ASEAN Community 2015. The survey update’s preliminary results found that overall, undergraduates in the ASEAN countries continue to display ASEAN-positive attitudes, with highest enthusiasm found in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam (over 90%), and ambivalence continuing in Singapore and the Philippines (less than 67%). Over 80% of students consider themselves “citizens” of ASEAN. Compared to 2007, more ASEAN-positive attitudes are displayed in Myanmar, and Thailand showed more ASEAN ambivalent attitudes. Students’ objective knowledge of ASEAN also improved from 2007 to 2014. The Internet as a primary source of information on ASEAN has jumped up to third position, following television and school.   The fact-sheet on key highlights of the preliminary results is here.  

 

ASEAN-Korea Center Secretary-General visits the ASEAN Studies Centre at ISEAS, 9 April 2015

 

On Thursday 9 April, the newly appointed Secretary-General of the ASEAN-Korea Centre, His Excellency Kim Young-sun, visited the ASEAN Studies Center (ASC) at ISEAS in Singapore. Mr. Kim Ki-hong, Head of Development Planning and General Affairs Unit; Mr. Mohd Daud Mohd Aruf, Head of Culture and Tourism Unit; as well as Ms Jennifer Kim, Officer, Development Planning & General Affairs Unit, accompanied him. H.E. Kim Young-sun had a candid and friendly exchange of views with ASC Head Mr Rodolfo Severino, ASC Lead Researchers Ms Moe Thuzar (Socio-Cultural Affairs) and Ms Sanchita Basu Das (Economic Affairs); and Dr Tang Siew Mun, ISEAS Senior Fellow.

Both Mr Severino and Ambassador Kim were in agreement that ASEAN and the Republic of Korea (ROK) shared similar objectives of maintaining peace, stability and prosperity in the region, and that ASEAN and the ROK can mutually learn from and share each other’s experiences. For example, the ROK’s transition and growth into a developed economy is a source of inspiration to several ASEAN countries. Dedicated efforts for economic growth are possible with the assurance of peace and stability. In this connection, ASEAN’s integration efforts emphasise priorities in the three spheres of regional cooperation economics, politics and security, and socio-cultural, even as ASEAN economies continue to pursue growth and development as an economic community. Continuity of commitments to ASEAN is important, as the changing geo-political environments in some ASEAN member states lead to shorter terms in office for political leaders. The ASEAN-ROK dialogue thus serves as a constructive framework for the ROK to continue contributing to ASEAN integration. This can be complemented by the ROK’s bilateral programmes with several ASEAN members, in order to boost capacities for regional integration, and to identify “industry champions” to lead growth and change in the business sector.

 

Visit of Trainees from King Prajadhipok’s Institute, Thailand, 4 February 2015

 

Thirty-one trainees in a programme on the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) conducted by King Prajadhipok’s Institute in Bangkok came for a briefing at the ASEAN Studies Centre on 4 February 2015. The visitors are participants in a programme on “Thailand and the ASEAN Economic Community” at the King Prajadhipok Institute. Ms. Sanchita Basu Das, Lead Researcher, Economic Affairs, ASC, ISEAS gave a talk about the AEC. Dr. Termsak Chalermpalanupap, Lead Researcher, Political & Security Affairs, ASC, ISEAS talked to the visitors about the ASEAN Political-Security Community (APSC), focusing on key political and security challenges.

Questions included what can be expected upon the launch of the AEC, how to improve public understanding of the AEC, how AEC would affect Singapore-Thailand trade, and what domestic reforms should be undertaken in Thailand in preparation. As regards community-building in ASEAN, it is a long-term process and not to expect a “Big Bang” transformation of ASEAN by the end of 2015. The dilemma for APSC was on how to maintain national sovereignty (protecting national interest) and at the same time advancing regional common interest. Discussions also touched on what ASEAN should do in the face of competing interests between US and China; what Thailand and Singapore can do together to strengthen ASEAN; and what more can be done to get the Thai public more interested in ASEAN.

 

Key Projects

 

The ASEAN Roundtable
The ASEAN Roundtable is a flagship event of the Centre, and is held annually around a theme pertinent to ASEAN integration efforts. ASEAN Roundtable themes focus on issues and challenges that confront ASEAN member states in accomplishing the ASEAN Community. Past Roundtables to date have addressed the following topics; summaries of findings and recommendations have been issued as reports and monographs by the Centre.

ASEAN Roundtable 2014: “Moving Towards a People-Centred ASEAN”
ASEAN Roundtable 2013: “Mid-Term Review of the ASEAN Political Security Blueprint, and Political
Cooperation beyond 2015″ 
ASEAN Roundtable 2012: “Examining the ASEAN Economic Community Scorecard”
ASEAN Roundtable 2011: “Achieving the ASEAN Economic Community 2015: Challenges for
Member Countries” 
ASEAN Roundtable 2009: “The Global Economic Crisis: Implications for ASEAN”
ASEAN Roundtable 2008: “ASEAN Economic Community Blueprint”

 

Capacity Support for Myanmar’s 2014 ASEAN Chairmanship

 

This programme, starting December 2012, was conducted with support from the Sasakawa Peace Foundation. It included training seminars held in 2012 at Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar, to assist Myanmar government officials from key ministries involved in preparing for the 2014 ASEAN Chair responsibilities; and two public seminars in Yangon in March 2013, to boost the public audience’s understanding of ASEAN and Myanmar’s ASEAN chairmanship. Topics discussed during these activities included: a. The Role and Nature of ASEAN meetings; b. Myanmar’s ASEAN role, ASEAN External Relations under Myanmar’s Leadership; c. South China Sea, Political and Security Issues in ASEAN, the ASEAN Charter; d. ASEAN Economic Community; and e. Social Issues for ASEAN. At the concluding activity in January 2014, the ASC team had a roundtable discussion with Myanmar officials who would chair and lead discussions at the ASEAN Senior Officials Meeting (SOM), the Senior Economic Officials Meeting (SEOM) and the Senior Officials Committee on the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community (SOCA) to be held in Myanmar in 2014. While in Nay Pyi Taw, Mr Severino and the ASC team members also met with Myanmar’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, H.E. Wunna Maung Lwin.