The ASEAN Studies Centre is devoted to research on issues that pertain to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) as an institution and a process. Through research, conferences, consultations, and publications, the Centre seeks to illuminate ways of promoting ASEAN’s purposes of political solidarity, economic integration and regional cooperation, and finding pragmatic solutions to the challenges on the path to achieving this. The Centre conducts studies and provides inputs and ideas to ASEAN member states and the ASEAN Secretariat on issues and events that call for collective ASEAN actions and responses, especially those pertinent to building the ASEAN Community.
As a regional organization, ASEAN has shown its significant roles in terms of maintaining regional stability and enhancing free-market economic cooperation along with the development of regionalism in Southeast Asia. Indeed, those achievements has made ASEAN as one of the few prestigious and credible regional organizations in Asia for more than forty years. However, nowadays ASEAN still has to face several obstacles, such as the huge gap between elite and mass perceptions toward ASEAN itself, and growing concern over ASEAN’s capability in fostering regional security in the future, especially along with the rising tension in the South China Sea.