49 years ago, on August 8, 1967 a declaration was signed in Bangkok to found the ASEAN (Association of South East Asian Nations) among five countries (Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand).
From promoting a common security agenda, it slowly evolved towards an economic cooperation and integration project.
From 1984 to 1999 Brunei Darussalam, Vietnam, Lao PDR, Myanmar and Cambodia also joined. Nowadays, ASEAN is a community of about 620 millions people, with a share of 3,3% of global GDP and about 7% of total world exports.
Acknowledging the strategic relevance of ASEAN in Asian development and in the evolving balance of world power, CESUE has decided to launch an observatory named ASEAN Development Studies, an international think-tank aiming to work on Asian integration. Its interests range from economic to cultural and political issue concerning the strengthening of the relationships among ASEAN countries and between them and their multi-layered partnerships. A specific Observatory’s branch, coordinated by Dr Tommaso Visone, is committed to the study of the relation between the South East Asian integration and the issue of Asian values under a postcolonial perspective. It will promote studies and position papers from scholars around the world, committed in research and policymaking concerning integration projects worldwide.
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