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ASEAN Studies Centre

Publications
Commentaries
“What India’s Withdrawal from RCEP Means for ASEAN, India and the Indo-Pacific Concept”

by Tang Siew Mun

"With the India “question” now clear, the path is cleared for RCEP-15 to work towards a speedy conclusion of the regional trade pact. RCEP-15 changes the spirit and form of ASEAN-led regionalism, and India’s absence will be deeply felt and missed. It would be a mistake for ASEAN to treat India’s withdrawal from RCEP as a “terminal separation.” Instead both sides must redouble their efforts to build strategic bridges to ensure that the ASEAN-India Dialogue Partner relations are unaffected."

"US Downgrading of Summit Representations Sets Worrying Precedent for ASEAN"

by Tang Siew Mun and Glenn Ong

"The White House’s announcement on 29 October 2019 of newly-minted National Security Advisor, Robert O’Brien, as the Special Envoy to the upcoming EAS and US-ASEAN Summit is likely to be met with deep disappointment by Southeast Asian officials, who have already been unimpressed by America’s lacklustre engagement with ASEAN in past two years."

"Takeaways from the Inaugural ASEAN-US Maritime Exercise (AUMX)"

by Tang Siew Mun and Glenn Ong

"Along with other past and future multilateral exercises, the AUMX illustrates the desire of external powers to cooperate with ASEAN, and is a testament that external powers recognise, both ASEAN’s relevance and its claims to centrality in the region."



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