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The US-Asia Institute has worked closely with various academic, think-tank, business, and government organizations to provide expertise for briefing panels discussing various issues impacting the following countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN):

  • Brunei Darussalam
  • Cambodia
  • Indonesia
  • Laos
  • Malaysia
  • Myanmar (Burma)
  • Philippines
  • Singapore
  • Thailand
  • Vietnam



2017 ASEAN 101 Reception


On June 28, the US-Asia Institute held a reception for the congressional staff members who attended this year's ASEAN 101 briefing series. They received a professional development certificate to recognize their effort and knowledge. In addition, this year's participants in the Rule of Law Program and the Thai-American National Internship Program (TANIP) were present. Thank you to all the attendees! Read More



ASEAN 101 Session 3: The Strategic Importance of the ASEAN Partnership


The third session of the 2017 ASEAN 101 series featured Mr. Brian Harding, the director of the East and Southeast Asia Program in the Center for American Progress, as the keynote speaker. He spoke about the importance of ASEAN to the stability and security of the Asia-Pacific region. Read More



ASEAN 101 Session 2: A Growing Economic Presence


The second session of the 2017 ASEAN 101 series featured Mr. Ernie Bower, President and CEO of BowerGroupAsia, as the keynote speaker. He discussed the economic significance of ASEAN and highlighted recent political developments in each of the ten ASEAN countries. Ms. Angelina Thangaperakasam, Director of the Southeast Asia practice at McLarty Associates moderated the discussion. Thank you to our speakers and our audience for participating! Read More



ASEAN 101 Session 1: ASEAN- A Key Partner in the Asia/Pacific


Ambassador J Stapleton Roy spoke at the Inaugural ASEAN 101 Briefing Session on June 8, 2017. In his keynote speech to a full room of Congressional staffers, he outlined the brief history of ASEAN before he discussed its strategic and economic significance. The briefing is one of three ASEAN 101 sessions this summer. Thank you to everyone who attended the briefing. Read More



Sustainable Development in the Lower Mekong


Sustainable Development in the Lower Mekong: Prioritizing Environmental Security Thursday, December 8, 2016 12 PM – 1:30 PM US-Asia Institute 232 East Capitol St NE Washington, DC 20003 Light lunch will be served. Please join us for a discussion on sustainable development in the Lower Mekong Delta region in Asia. The United States launched the...Read More



SIF Connects! Washington DC


This year's SIF Connects! Washington DC was themed "Innovative Social Policies for a Better World." Congressional Singapore Caucus Co-Chairs, Congressman Bradley Byrne and Congressman Denny Heck, made brief remarks. The speakers included SIF Chairman Ambassador Ong Keng Yong, USAI Chairman Kent Lucken, Singapore Envoy to the Middle East Ambassador Zainul Abidin Rasheed, Ashoka Program Director Ms. Claire Fallender and National University of Singapore Research Fellow Dr. Mathew Mathews. Read More



Drugs Past, Present and Future: Drug-Free ASEAN 2015?


In the past many Southeast Asian countries have had extensive problems with drug trafficking and production. The notorious Golden Triangle of Southeast Asia came into existence in the 50s but Southeast Asia’s relationship with drugs, specifically opium, stems back centuries. Today, the Golden Crescent has taken the position of top opiate producing region globally, but Southeast Asia still remains a large production base and has branched out into other types of illicit drugs, notably Amphetamine-Type Stimulants (ATS). In 2012, ASEAN addressed this problem by reaffirming an initiative to Read More



ASEAN 101: Economics and Trade: Key Trade Negotiations in the Southeast Asia Region (Part III)


On June 4, 2013, the US-Asia Institute, the US-ASEAN Business Council, and the National Foreign Trade Council co-hosted a Capitol Hill Breakfast Forum on ASEAN: Economics and Trade: Key Trade Negotiations in the Southeast Asia Region. This is the 3rd panel in a four-part series focused on the importance of ASEAN to the United States, specifically highlighting the impact of trade and the opportunities for the U.S. Economy.Read More