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The ASEAN Economic Community: Prospects and Challenges

CEPS Conference room
Place du Congrès 1 - 1000 Brussels

Participation in this event is exceptionally free of charge.

CEPS Event

The ASEAN Economic Community: Prospects and Challenges


CEPS and EIAS (European Institute for Asia Studies) jointly organise an informal launch of a new book by Jacques Pelkmans (Senior Fellow CEPS  and founding director of EIAS) published by Cambridge University Press: “The ASEAN  Economic Community, a conceptual approach”  (March/April 2016).

This book is one in a series of Cambridge UP  books on various aspects of ASEAN. All of these are fruits of a major multi-annual research programme initiated by NUS in Singapore and New York University, with the cooperation of many authors from ASEAN but also from Europe, and directed by Joseph Weiler. The main emphasis in this programme is on law, however, several studies are economic or in the realm of political science.

This book provides, for the first time, a rigorous analytical approach to the new AEC  and its intricacies. It sets out its ambition, scrutinises its economic integration logic  and detects its deficits. Besides providing a detailed analysis of the AEC roadmap of 2010, the book also elaborates on its achievements [up to 2015, the date of the formal launch of the AEC]. Several strategic options for the AEC, in particular as an instrument to accelerate the economic development of the region, are explored.

The meeting will be informal, encouraging all participants to join the discussion. The introduction of the book by the author will only take 5 minutes. We have asked two discussants to speak briefly about the AEC  and its prospects given the new programme of the AEC up to 2025 (detail will follow shortly).

25 copies of the book will be available for sale, with a CUP discount of 30 %, leading to a price of € 20. Payments in cash only.

Participation in this event is exceptionally free of charge. The event will be followed by a small reception until 17.00.

Theresa Fallon

Senior Associate, European Institute for Asian Studies

Speakers list
Jacques Pelkmans

Senior Research Fellow, CEPS