Book Launch of East-West Center Researchers is a Success

Dr. Chia Siow Yue of the Singapore Institute of International Affairs, and Dr. Michael G. Plummer (RSI 88, 89; IEP 95; VPRE 96; Wash 07; USAPC 08) of the East-West Center conducted the first comprehensive study of the potential of the ASEAN Economic Community along with a group of researchers from the region. The study was undertaken at the request of the ASEAN Secretariat and prepared through the ASEAN-US Technical Assistance and Training Facility, a joint program of the U.S. Agency for International Development and U.S. Department of State.

At the ASEAN-US Leaders Meeting, Surin Pitsuwan, Secretary-General of ASEAN, presented a copy of "Realizing the ASEAN Economic Community" to President Barack Obama.

“This book attempts to communicate potentials, opportunities and challenges of community building to our people. It brings the vision of an ASEAN Economic Community to life,” notes Dr. Surin (CWP 82; EWSem 01, 02, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09; Wash 06) in the foreword to the book.

Realizing the ASEAN Community: A Comprehensive Assessment was published by ISEAS Publishing, the academic press for The Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS).