As a regional organization, ASEAN has shown a significant role in maintaining regional stability and increasing free market economic cooperation along with the development of regionalism in Southeast Asia.

Indeed, this achievement has made ASEAN a prestigious and credible regional organization in Asia for more than forty years. However, it is undeniable that even today, there is still a huge gaps between elite and mass perceptions of ASEAN itself, and growing concerns about ASEAN’s capability to improve regional security in the future, especially along with the rising tensions in the South China Sea.

Responding to this situation, and as part of an effort to promote the spirit of ASEAN-oriented and people-centered, the Directorate General of ASEAN Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affair of the Republic of Indonesia in collaboration with the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences of the Universitas Gadjah Mada established ASEAN Studies Center Universitas Gadjah Mada as a multi-disciplinary research institution.

The Center is responsible to provide critical and objective assessments on various prominent issues surrounding ASEAN, as well as institutional arrangements to strengthen ASEAN’s role in the three pillars of political-security, economic and socio-cultural, for the benefit of sciences development and policy formulation in Indonesia.

The tagline of “Bringing ASEAN Closer to you” is the Center’s endeavor to bridge the ideas, spirits and programs of ASEAN to be people-centered. In line with the Tri Dharma Principles which comprises of three areas: Teaching, Research and Community Service, Our programs are not only focuses on strengthening the research and scientific assessment but also disseminating information through range of events such as seminars, workshops, training and intensive discussions involving academics, and the experts from government and non-government sectors.


The next inevitable agenda of ASEAN member countries is the ASEAN Community, which will be unveiled at the end of 2015. To extent of several years ahead, each member countries should gradually enhance its society for the more cohesive, integrative, and unitive regime in Southeast Asia. Regarding this constructive agenda, it is necessarily important to understand what has happened, happening and will happen next along the path of the ASEAN community.

On the other hand, approaching the diversity between people of the ASEAN countries should be followed by the high implementation of ASEAN way as the common path. We, the people of ASEAN communities, are being given the responsibility to adhere to the sense of common tenure. Therefore, bringing ASEAN closer to us can be the first stepping stone envisioning the future of ASEAN community.


ASEAN Studies Center Universitas Gadjah Mada was established to generate critical scientific research and enhance the position and contribution of Indonesia in the ASEAN.


“Bringing ASEAN Closer to You”

ASEAN Studies Center seeks to develop institutional capacity so that it could enhance institutional development as well as the local capacity to meet ASEAN regionalization process

Faculty of Social and Political Sciences
Universitas Gadjah Mada:
Erwan Agus Purwanto
Wawan Mas’udi
Poppy S. Winanti

Dafri Agussalim

Managing Director:
Yulida Nuraini Santoso

Finance and Administration:
Intan Fajar Rahmawati

Research Division:
Tunggul Wicaksono
Ayu Kartikasari

Project Division:
Diaz Kurniawan
Fadillah Rahma

Media and Publication:
Syukron Subkhi