ASEAN in the Global Semiconductor Race


Lili Yan Ing and Ivana Markus take stock of the current state of the global semiconductor race between China and the United States, and how the ASEAN region should navigate the growing rivalry.

ASEANFocus Issue 2/2023



  • Changing Political Landscapes in SEA
  • Towards a Regional QR Code
  • Rise of Unicorns in SEA
  • A New Chapter in ASEAN-Japan Relations
  • Live Music Industry in SEA

Advancing the Digital Health Ecosystem in Southeast Asia


Katrina Navallo and Keith Detros highlight the importance of infrastructure, trust, and innovation to foster a thriving digital health ecosystem in Southeast Asia.

IPEF’s Relevance for ASEAN


Siwage Dharma Negara and Maria Monica Wihardja outline recommendations for Indonesia as the ASEAN Chair to align ASEAN’s interests with the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework for Prosperity (IPEF).

The Korea-ASEAN Solidarity Initiative: Recalibrating Socio-Economic Connectivity


Melinda Martinus scrutinises softer prospects of the new ASEAN-Korea relationship.

Connecting the Dots: Towards an ASEAN QR Code Payments Network


Kristina Fong Siew Leng takes stock of the progress towards the establishment of an ASEAN QR code payments network, and outlines the challenges faced in the pursuit of a seamless, cost-effective multilateral system.

43rd ASEAN Summit: B for Outcomes, A for Grit


Joanne Lin, Sharon Seah, Melinda Martinus, and Kristina Fong examine the key deliverables of the 43rd ASEAN Summit and assess Indonesia’s Chairmanship.

ROK’s Ambitions in the Indo-Pacific: A Boon or Bane for ASEAN?


As ASEAN and ROK leaders meet, Joanne Lin looks at the Republic of Korea (ROK)’s growing ambition in the Indo-Pacific under President Yoon and its implications on ASEAN.

Can the European Green Deal be a Good Deal for ASEAN?


Chris Humphrey examines the challenges and benefits of the European Green Deal for ASEAN’s sustainable future.

ASEAN Economy Cannot Afford Business as Usual


Julia Tijaja and Denis Hew call for a renewed focus on productivity, for ASEAN’s long-term growth and competitiveness in its post-2025 economic agenda.