ASEAN STUDIES CENTRE &
REGIONAL ECONOMIC STUDIES PROGRAMME SEMINAR
ABOUT THE DISCUSSANT
Ponciano Intal, Jr. is a Senior Economist at the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA) based in Jakarta, Indonesia. Dr Intal has been the lead coordinator of a number of ASEAN projects in ERIA, including ASEAN RISING: ASEAN and AEC beyond 2015; the Mid-Term Review of the Implementation of the AEC Blueprint; and the AEC Scorecard monitoring project. Prior to joining ERIA in July 2009, Dr Intal was a Full Professor at the Economics Department and a University Fellow of De La Salle University- Manila. Concurrently, he served as the Executive Director of the DLSU-Angelo King Institute for Economic and Business Studies (AKI). He also served as President of Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) from 1991 to 1998 and as Deputy Director-General of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) of the Philippine government from 1988 to 1991. Dr Intal’s research interest includes Philippine and international economic issues of trade, environment, development cooperation, and regional integration.
ASEAN LECTURE SERIES
ASEAN will announce an integrated community by the end of 2015. This announcement is the culmination of regional integration efforts since the elaboration of the ASEAN Vision 2020 statement in 1997. The success of the ASEAN Community is premised upon how regional collaboration will link together the different aspirations in the political, economic and social spheres, which ASEAN has named the ASEAN Political Security Community (APSC), the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), and the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC).
With the date for announcing this integrated community imminently approaching, it is timely to “look back to look forward” by seeking the views and suggestions of persons and entities deeply involved in the ASEAN community-building process through its successive stages.
The ASEAN Roundtable 2015 will 1) provide an update on the issues surrounding ASEAN’s community-building goals beyond 2015; and 2) bring together different perspectives on, and discuss ways and means of addressing these cross-cutting priorities as well as the implications of pursuing these priorities.
Key discussions and recommendations from the Roundtable will be synthesized into a policy-relevant monograph.
Panelists and participants envisaged for this year’s Roundtable include past and present Secretaries-General of ASEAN, and a representative mix of policy, business and research expertise dealing with different aspects of ASEAN cooperation.
The Roundtable is supported by the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS).
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 These are the Secretaries-General who have been accorded the rank of minister and the expanded role and responsibilities to represent and coordinate ASEAN cooperation, as determined in 1992.
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ABOUT THE SEMINAR
The ASEAN Studies Centre at ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute will organise a seminar to share the findings from an update of a survey on undergraduates’ awareness of and attitudes towards ASEAN. The seminar is held in conjunction with the 48th ASEAN Day reception hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Singapore.
The findings are an update of a first survey undertaken in 2007 among university undergraduates in the ten ASEAN member states. The updated survey, which was carried out in 2014-15 among the same target population, has an expanded scope in measuring several dimensions of students’ knowledge about and orientations towards ASEAN. Preliminary findings have highlighted that overall, there are more ASEAN-positive attitudes among young educated citizens in the region.
Dr Eric Thompson, the project’s lead investigator will present key findings of the updated survey, including findings on a nation-by-nation basis and a general summary of region-wide trends and what they suggest for the prospects of ASEAN integration beyond 2015.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Eric C. Thompson is Associate Professor and Chair of Graduate Studies in the Department of Sociology at the National University of Singapore. Before joining NUS, he completed a PhD in sociocultural anthropology at the University of Washington and was a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, University of California Los Angeles.
Eric teaches anthropology, gender studies, urban studies and research methods. He has conducted research for over two decades throughout Southeast Asia, primarily in Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, and Indonesia. His research interests include transnational networking, gender studies, urbanism, culture theory, and ASEAN regionalism.
His work has appeared in journals such as American Ethnologist, Asian Studies Review, Citizenship Studies, Contemporary Sociology, Contemporary Southeast Asia, Field Methods, Gender Place and Culture, Global Networks, Political Geography, Urban Studies, and Women's Studies International Forum among others. He is author of Unsettling Absences: Urbanism in Rural Malaysia (NUS Press, 2007) and Attitudes and Awareness toward ASEAN: Findings of a Ten-Nation Survey (with Chulanee Thianthai, ISEAS, 2008).
4.00 pm: Registration
4.30 pm: Opening Remarks by Mr Tan Chin Tiong, Director, ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute
4.35 pm: Presentation of Survey Update Findings by Dr Eric C. Thompson, Project Lead Investigator
5.15 pm: Q & A
6.00 pm: End of Seminar
This event is open for registration on a first-come, first-served basis.
Admission to the seminar will be taken as confirmed upon receiving written acceptance from the Institute.
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