Is ASEAN Truly for the People?


Joanne Lin explores the importance of a people-centred ASEAN and ways that the organisation can enhance engagement with its people, ahead of the 56th ASEAN Day celebrations.

Can Indonesia Ensure That ASEAN Remains in the Driver’s Seat?


Joanne Lin looks at what the recent ASEAN High-Level Meetings have achieved and if ASEAN can indeed play a regional leadership role under Indonesia’s Chairmanship.

A Divided ASEAN Cannot Help Myanmar’s People


Moe Thuzar and Sharon Seah examine ASEAN’s latest response to the Myanmar crisis arising from the 56th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting.

Yoon’s Realignment with the US: Will ASEAN be Relevant for ROK?


Ratih Indraswari and Melinda Martinus analyse South Korea’s foreign policy direction and engagement with ASEAN under President Yoon Suk Yeol’s leadership.

A Divided ASEAN: Will Disunity Derail the Regional Organisation?


Joanne Lin examines the challenges to ASEAN’s unity ahead of the 56th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ and related meetings, and highlights why ASEAN needs to move towards a more flexible modus operandi.

Strategies to Future-Proof ASEAN’s Myanmar Response


Moe Thuzar and Lina Alexandra examine possible strategies for the ASEAN Chair to future-proof the regional response to the Myanmar crisis.

Hybrid Seminar on “APEC 2023: Creating a Resilient and Sustainable Future for All”


In this hybrid seminar, Mr Carlos Kuriyama and Mr Foo Cher How shared APEC’s latest update of the APEC Regional Trends Analysis and a discussion of Singapore’s priorities under APEC USA 2023.


ASEANFocus Issue 1/2023



  • The Geopolitics of Energy Transition
  • Learning Sustainability Financing from the G20
  • Leveraging Digital Economy for Sustainability
  • Military Modernisation
  • Astrotourism in Southeast Asia

The State of Southeast Asia: 2023 Survey Report


The State of Southeast Asia 2023 Survey conducted by the ASEAN Studies Centre at ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute reveal that Southeast Asia’s top preoccupations are with recessionary pressures, potential military tensions, and a ‘slow and ineffective’ ASEAN. China continues to be regarded as the most influential economic and political power in the region and the US has sharpened its edge over China in the event of a forced choice while Japan remains its most trusted major power.

ASEAN Studies Centre




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