European Institute for Asian Studies
The ASEAN Economic Community: Prospects and Challenges
  • Start03:00 PM - Jul 15 2016
  • End04:30 PM - Jul 15 2016
  • Centre for European Policy Studies, Rue du Congres 1, 1000 Brussels
  • +32 2230 81 22
  • alberto.turkstra@eias.org

 »The ASEAN Economic Community:

Prospects and Challenges«

Book Talk with Jacques Pelkmans, Senior Fellow, CEPS 

Commented by

Mr Walter Kennes, Senior Associate, European Institute for Asian Studies

Moderation: Ms Theresa Fallon, Senior Associate, European Institute for Asian Studies

Friday, 15 July 2016, 15h00 – 16h30

A reception will follow

Venue: Centre for European Policy Studies

Place du Congres 1, 1000 Brussels

The Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) and the European Institute for Asian Studies (EIAS) 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. This is followed by an open, informal  debate on the AEC, its merits and prospects as well as its disappointments or challenges.


The Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) and EIAS joinly organise an informal launch of a new book by Jacques Pelkmans published by Cambridge University Press: “The ASEAN Economic Community, A Conceptual Approach”. The merits and prospects of the AEC will be debated, as well as its challenges.

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