Vietnam Pivots Away from US-Led Trade Zone as Trump Preps for Office

December 12, 2016

Vietnamese officials once excited by joining the U.S.-led Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), a sweeping Pacific Rim trade zone, are looking instead to other deals that would stimulate their export-depen... READ MORE


Facilitating ASEAN Trade in Goods

June 1, 2016

Trade facilitation should be viewed as a strategic issue rather than a technical one. While ASEAN has been successful in the phasing out of intra-regional tariffs, ASEAN's trade facilitation is... READ MORE


Trade, Economic Ties in Focus as US, ASEAN Leaders Meet

February 18, 2016

Regional trade and economic ties were high on the agenda during a two-day summit of US and Southeast Asian leaders in the California resort of Sunnylands, held from 15-16 February. 

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ASEAN at court in Sunnylands

January 6, 2016

At the ASEAN Summit in Kuala Lumpur, in November, President Obama reached out to elevate the United States–ASEAN relationship to a ‘strategic partnership’ and invited ASEAN Leaders to a summit that, i... READ MORE


Bigger free trade agreements for the Philippines: RCEP and TPP

December 9, 2015

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Economic Community (AEC) will take shape by Dec. 31. The 10 ASEAN member states will be more integrated regionally to become one single production ba... READ MORE


ASEAN Economic Integration Through Trade and Foreign Direct Investment: Long-Term Challenges

October 1, 2015

This paper explores the long-term challenges for trade and foreign direct investment (FDI) of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). The region has emerged as an important production b... READ MORE


The ASEAN Economy in the Regional Context: Opportunities, Challenges, and Policy Options

December 1, 2014

This paper suggests that ASEAN needs an ambitious plan for economic integration beyond the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), to achieve its economic development aspirations.As ASEAN designs its post-... READ MORE


ASEAN Commercial Policy: A Rare Case of Outward-Looking Regional Integration

November 1, 2014

This paper analyses the work done by the ASEAN community and its role in facilitating economic development. Despite its success, ASEAN has not progressed very far in terms of becoming a formal econ... READ MORE


The 2013 ASEAN Economic Ministers Meeting & Its Implications for the United States

August 1, 2013

The 45th ASEAN Economic Ministers (AEM) Meeting and related meetings will be held in Brunei from August 20 to 24. The AEM provides a platform for economic and trade ministers from the 10 ASEAN memb... READ MORE