ASEAN Studies Centre

The ASEAN Studies Centre is devoted to research on issues that pertain to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) as an institution and a process. Through research, conferences, consultations, and publications, the Centre seeks to illuminate ways of promoting ASEAN’s purposes of political solidarity, economic integration and regional cooperation, and finding pragmatic solutions to the challenges on the path to achieving this. The Centre conducts studies and provides inputs and ideas to ASEAN member states and the ASEAN Secretariat on issues and events that call for collective ASEAN actions and responses, especially those pertinent to building the ASEAN Community.

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Temasek History Research Centre

The Temasek History Research Centre (THRC) focuses on Singapore’s premodern history and its political, economic, and social links to the immediate region. Its research scope spans the period from the 12th century to the early 19th century.

The Archaeology Unit supports and complements THRC. It also houses archaeological artefacts excavated from our island state in recent years.

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Singapore APEC Study Centre

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.

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