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ASEAN Studies Centre

Publications
Commentaries
"Prospects for ASEAN after New US Defence Secretary’s Maiden Pacific Tour"

by Glenn Ong and Hoang Thi Ha

"As ASEAN recovers from the high of its 52nd anniversary celebrations and while Mark Esper warms up to the hot seat, both parties have much work ahead as they brace themselves for the potential eruption of flashpoints on the Korean peninsula and in the South China Sea. The US could risk being exposed on both fronts if it fails to strike a balance between the two. Indeed, the very definition of a “networked region” that the US seeks to promote through its Indo-Pacific strategy necessarily entails an interconnected space. ASEAN, on its part, will need to muster more than just repeated exhortations of ASEAN centrality."

"Revised Title ‘ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific’ Hints at Ambivalence"

by Hoang Thi Ha and Glenn Ong

"The original title of ASEAN’s official response on the Indo-Pacific was reportedly the “ASEAN Indo-Pacific Outlook”, which was revised at the eleventh hour to the “ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific” (AOIP). This modification appears ordinary at first glance, but a closer look at the wording reveals the underlying ambivalence that ASEAN and some of its member states might still have with embracing the concept."



"ASEAN, Myanmar, and the Rohingya Issue"

by Moe Thuzar

"ASEAN’s dealings with Myanmar over the years have highlighted the need to invest time and patience to bring results. When ASEAN attempted to bring up the Rohingya issue for discussion in 2009 and 2015 Myanmar insisted that the issue was mainly domestic. The National League for Democracy government started acknowledging the regional dimensions of the issue in November 2016. It has also prioritised briefing ASEAN counterparts and engaging ASEAN mechanisms. This is the single ray of hope for ASEAN’s continued engagement with Myanmar – bilaterally and regionally – in finding a lasting solution to this decades-long problem."



Event Highlights
How to think about the Indo-Pacific?

Lecture: How to think about the Indo-Pacific?

ASEAN: Securing Relevance Amidst Change

Lecture: ASEAN: Securing Relevance Amidst Change

RCEP: Progress, Outstanding Issues and Outlook

Lecture: RCEP: Progress, Outstanding Issues and Outlook

The Philippines' Chairmanship of ASEAN in 2017

Lecture: The Philippines' Chairmanship of ASEAN in 2017

ASEAN Lecture: ASEAN: Next 50

Lecture: ASEAN: Next 50

ASEAN Lecture: Indonesia and ASEAN's Changing Dynamics

Lecture: Indonesia and ASEAN's Changing Dynamics

The ASEAN Charter at 10: Prospects and Retrospect

Lecture: The ASEAN Charter at 10: Prospects and Retrospect

The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP): Progress, Challenges and Outlook

Lecture: ASEAN-Canada Relations: Anniversaries, Histories and the Future

The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP): Progress, Challenges and Outlook

Lecture: The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP): Progress, Challenges and Outlook

Lecture: ASEAN at 50: Reflections on Its Past, Present and Future

Lecture: The Philippines’ Priorities for the 2017 ASEAN Chairmanship

ASEAN Roundtable 2016: The ASEAN Economic Community Towards 2025 [Keynote Speaker: HE LE Luong Minh, Secretary-General, Association of the Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)]

Lecture: Achieving a Connected and Integrated ASEAN through the Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity 2025

Lecture: The Importance of Asia in the EU’s Global Strategy

Lecture: US-ASEAN Relations on the Eve of the Sunnylands Summit