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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May 13: “ASEAN-EU Conference: Dynamics of Inter-regionalism,” symposium with representatives and experts from ASEAN member countries, the EU, and Washington, D.C., also on webcast; co-sponsored and funded by the Jean Monnet Chair, School of International Service
May 6: “Our People, Our Future Together,” talk by H.E. Dato Paduka Haji Yusoff Haji Abdul Hamid, Ambassador of Brunei Darussalam, co-sponsored by the Embassy of Brunei Darussalam
May 5: “Go West Sumatra,” cultural event co-sponsored by Rumah Indonesia and the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia
April 16: “Hyper, Hybrid and Hip: The Indonesia Embassy’s New Approach to Diplomacy,” talk by H.E. Dr. Dino Patti Djalal, Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia, and Dean James Goldgeier of the School of International Service
April 12: “Model ASEAN Summit on the South China Sea,” organized by SEA-NET
April 4: “Democracy in ASEAN: Foundation for Regional Security?” talk by Dr. Rizal Sukma, Executive Director of the Centre for Strategic and International Studies, Jakarta, Indonesia, co-hosted by the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia and the East-West Center in Washington
A complete archive of past events is available here