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ASEAN Studies Center

Officials at the ASEAN Studies Center Ribbon-cutting Ceremony.

Officials at the ASEAN Studies Center Ribbon-cutting Ceremony.

American University’s ASEAN Studies Center, the first of its kind to be established in the United States, was formally launched at the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta, Indonesia, on July 14, 2009, by AU’s Dean of the School of International Service, Professor Louis Goodman, and the Secretary-General of ASEAN, Dr. Surin Pitsuwan. The Center is part of AU’s School of International Service, the largest and one of the oldest schools of international relations in the United States.

Objectives and Activities

The ASEAN Studies Center has the following objectives:

  • To conduct research into various aspects of ASEAN, including economic, political, security and socio-cultural activities and cooperation, ASEAN’s institutional development, ASEAN’s relations with the US and other major powers, and its impact on international relations of the Asia Pacific region;
  • To organize seminars, conferences, and training programs that advance knowledge and analysis of ASEAN for academic and policy communities;
  • To assist and train students at American University interested in ASEAN and Southeast Asian affairs through course offerings, graduate supervision, study abroad programs, fieldwork travel support, and internships at the ASEAN Secretariat and elsewhere in Southeast Asia; and
  • To develop collaborative activities in partnership with institutions in the U.S, Southeast Asia and the Asia Pacific region which have similar aims and interests.

The Center will work collaboratively with the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta and with US government agencies, think-tanks and research institutes in Washington, as well as with Southeast Asia institutions and other ASEAN research centers in the United States and abroad.


Recent & Upcoming Events

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April 27: "A Discussion on the Indonesia Film Industry," a panel discussion co-hosted by the Embassy of Indonesia and featuring actors, actress, speakers from the Indonesian Ministry of Tourism and the Creative economy, and screenings for the upcoming Indonesian Mini Film Festival.
Flyer for "Discussion on the Indonesia Film Industry"
Flyer for "Indonesian Mini Film Festival"

April 18: “Malaysia's Economy: Past Developments and Future Prospects,” a talk by Dr. Alex Mourmouras, Chief of the D5 Division of the IMF's Asia and Pacific Department.
Flyer for "Malaysia's Economy"

April 11: “The Coral Triangle Initiative: Stewarding Biodiversity and Food Security in Indonesia and Malaysia,” a talk by Ms. Catherine Plume, Managing Director of the World Wildlife Fund's Coral Triangle Initiative.
Flyer for "The Coral Triangle Initiative"

March 28: “Islam and Democracy in Indonesia and Malaysia,” a talk by Dr. Kikue Hamayotsu, Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Northern Illinois University.

February 21: “The 'Endless Possibilities' for Malaysia's Media,” a talk by Mr. Kean Wong, a Washington-based Malaysian journalist and former correspondent for BBC and Al Jazeera.

December 4: "Myanmar in ASEAN: Opportunities and Challenges Ahead for the 2014 ASEAN Chair" a symposium on the opportunities and challenges faced by Myanmar as ASEAN chair in 2014. Co-sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, The Asia Foundation, and Freedom House.
Myanmar Symposium Report December 4, 2013

An archive of past events is available here

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ASEAN Studies Center

School of International Service

American University

4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW

Washington DC 20016-8071

Email: aseanstudiescenterAU@gmail.com

Phone: 1-202-885-1688