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ASEAN Studies Initiative

Officials at the ASEAN Studies Center Ribbon-cutting Ceremony.

Officials at the ASEAN Studies Center Ribbon-cutting Ceremony.

American University’s ASEAN Studies Forum, 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 Forum 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 Forum 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 Forum 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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October 3, 2015: "Malaysia as 2015 ASEAN Chair," a full-day symposium with senior Malaysia and U.S. officials as well as a wide range of regional and U.S.-based experts identifying key policy initiatives and collaborative efforts among the U.S., ASEAN and other East Asia Summit (EAS) member states. The symposium resulted in policy recommendations for future U.S.-ASEAN collaborative measures and the role of ASEAN in regional affairs. 

December 3, 2015: "Laos as Incoming 2016 ASEAN Chair," a full-day symposium with the participation of the Embassy of the Lao People's Democratic Republic in Washington, DC, U.S. Government officials, and a wide range of academic, think tank and private sector experts discussing Laos and its role in the regional geo-strategic and political context as it becomes the ASEAN chair for 2016. The symposium resulted in policy recommendations for the United States, ASEAN and specifically Laos as the incoming chair. 

October 23, 2014: "4th United States-ASEAN-EAS Strategic Dialogue Symposium," a full-day conference with senior representatives from EAS member countries and US federal agencies resulting in policy recommendations related to Southeast Asia. 

December 2, 2014: "Malaysia as Incoming 2015 ASEAN Chair Symposium," a full-day conference with senior representatives of ASEAN embassies and US federal agencies where Malaysia's objectives as ASEAN chair, the status of the ASEAN Economic Community, and the environment for Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership negotiations were all discussed.

View the full archive of events.

Contact Us

ASEAN Studies Forum
School of International Service
American University
4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington DC 20016-8071