ASEAN Economic Community Today: From Neo-liberalism to New Structuralism?

In 2010, the World Bank published a book that shed light on a new framework for world development: New Structural Economics. Authored by the Bank’s Chief Economist Justin Yifu Lin, this book aims to combine old neoclassical economics with the tradition of structuralism in political economy. This attempt was resulted in what Lin called as […]


ASEAN Countries Should Find a Solution to End the Persecution of Rohingya

Ahmad Rizky M. Umar – Research Fellow at the ASEAN Studies Center, Universitas Gadjah Mada ASEAN’s non-intervention is aggravating the plight of ethnic Rohingya Muslims suffering widespread abuse by the Burmese military in Myanmar’s Rakhine State. The Rohingya are one the of the world’s most persecuted ethnic minorities. Human Rights Watch reported the Burmese military launched a […]


The Future of ASEAN-Russian Relations

Shane Preuss, Research Intern at the ASEAN Studies Center, Universitas Gadjah Mada ASEAN’s strength is demonstrated by its ‘convening power’ and its ability to attract the courtship of the world’s great powers. However, these strengths also present challenges, as ASEAN must not only navigate its relations of these powers, but also the various relationships of […]


The Future of ASEAN-Australian Relations

Shane Preuss, Research Intern at ASEAN Studies Center, Universitas Gadjah Mada 2016 was a significant year for Australian ASEAN relations. The First ASEAN-Australia Biennial Summit was held on 7 September 2016 in Vientiane, Lao PDR. At the Summit Australian Prime minister Malcolm Turnbull highlighted the importance of the Strategic Partnership between his country and the regional […]


ASEAN Toward Global Market Integration: Enhanced Connectivity & External Relationship

Arrizka Permata Faida Best 10 Author of Call for Essay: ASEAN Community Post 2015 The establishment of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) in 2015 is a major milestone in the regional economic integration agenda in ASEAN.  With population over 622 million people and a nominal combined GDP of US$2.6 trillion in 20142 is fast becoming […]


Indonesia Needs to Step up Its Fight Against Maritime Piracy

Dedi Dinarto – Researcher at ASEAN Studies Center UGM Indonesia’s maritime sector gained a boost when on December 21, Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs Luhut Binsar Panjaitan agreed to cooperate with Japan, establishing the strategic bilateral Indonesia-Japan Maritime Forum (IJMF). The two countries agreed to collaborate in the field of maritime security, maritime economy, maritime infrastructure, as well […]


What ‘Brexit’ and ‘Trump’s Triumph’ Warn Us About ASEAN Community

  Shane Preuss, Research Intern at ASEAN Studies Center, Gadjah Mada University One year after the establishment of the ASEAN Economic Community, it is important to ask what relevance the political events, which have occurred in Europe and the USA this year, hold for ASEAN integration. These events have seen reassertions of national identity and […]


ASEAN Political-Security Community: The Prospect of South China Sea

Muhammad Ammar Hidayahtulloh Best 10 Author of Call for Essay: ASEAN Community Post 2015 ASEAN is located strategically at the crossroads of the Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean, and its history has been shaped as much by the influence by great civilizations as the impact of great powers. Nevertheless, even the ASEAN has the […]


Behind EU-ASEAN Free Trade Agreements: Do Norms Matter?

Shane Preuss, Research Intern at ASEAN Studies Center, Universitas Gadjah Mada The EU is currently attempting to pursue both normative political interests and economic interests in the ASEAN. I argue that the EU’s capacity to pursue its normative political interests through trade negotiations is dependent on its economic leverage and that ASEAN states, aware of the […]


Where is ASEAN in Indonesia’s Foreign Policy? Jokowi after Two Years

Ahmad Rizky M. Umar Research Associate at ASEAN Studies Center UGM Under President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, Indonesia appears less oriented toward the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Earlier in 2014, Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi embraced several new ideas on how Indonesia’s foreign policy will be directed under her leadership, which is now popular as “Pro-People” […]