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Reforming North Korea’s economy: What role for ASEAN?

Shah Suraj Bharat/Jakarta Photo by Uri Tours (Wikipedia) The peace process between the two Koreas is exactly– a peace process – something that has eluded the peninsula after 70 years of hostility. Investors, policymakers and the international community will have to be patient on the potential for market reform in North Korea. Yet, there is […]

The Tightening Belt Around ASEAN’s Narrowing Road to Success

By Matthew LoCastro, illustration by Lommes (Wikipedia) The Belt and Road Initiative within ASEAN The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), also known as One Belt One Road (OBOR), is one of the most prominent and one of the most shrouded global development initiatives in modern history. With estimated investments of about US$150 billion over the […]

Decoding the Indo-Pacific outlook

See original post in Bangkok Post The 34th Asean Summit wrapped up last week in Bangkok, with the adoption of a crucial document known as the Asean Outlook on the Indo-Pacific (AOIP). Prime Minister, Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha, regarded the AOIP as a milestone as the bloc now has a unified perspective on how to deal […]

Internship 2019 #2

Download full poster here [ASC UPDATE] Internship 2019 Second Term We have good news! ASEAN Studies Center Universitas Gadjah Mada invites students from various universities in Yogyakarta to join our Internship Program and involves in our 2019 research and program. Internship period: August – December 2019 Required Documents: Cover Letter CV TOEFL/IELTS/TOEFL Prediction Certificate Other […]

Indonesia’s Journey to Reduce 70% of Marine Waste by 2025

by Carter Anne Jones* Pictures: Forest and Kim Starr Indonesia produces 3.2 million tons of mismanaged trash ever year with nearly 1.3 million tons ending up in the sea. This makes Indonesia the second-largest plastic polluter after China. Last year, Bali declared a trash emergency and used 700 cleaners to collect nearly 100 tons of […]

ASEAN EE Industry: What Now?

Picture: Electronics factory workers in Cikarang Indonesia (© ILO/Asrian Mirza https://www.flickr.com/photos/iloasiapacific/8096440106/in/photostream/) The heart of ASEAN’s regional economic connectivity, both in intra-regional and extra-regional trade, is the electronic and electrical (EE) industry — an industry that has provided millions of jobs and holds ASEAN’s importance in the global economy for decades. The last statistics published by […]