Originally launched in 2009, ASEAN Matters for America/America Matters for ASEAN explores the important and multi-faceted relationship between the United States and the 10 Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member states (Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar (Burma), Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam).

This project consists of a printed publication, one-page summaries of every US state and Congressional District, outreach events across the US and ASEAN, and online articles, data visualizations, and information about the US-ASEAN relationship. The 3rd edition of the ASEAN Matters for America publication was launched in 2017 for the 50th anniversary of ASEAN, and the 40th anniversary of US-ASEAN relations.


East-West Center

The East-West Center promotes better relations and understanding among the people and nations of the United States, Asia, and the Pacific through cooperative study, research, and dialogue. Established by the US Congress in 1960, the Center serves as a resource for information and analysis on critical issues of common concern, bringing people together to exchange views, build expertise, and develop policy options. The Center’s Washington, DC office focuses on preparing the United States for an era of growing Asia Pacific prominence.

The Center is an independent, public, nonprofit organization with funding from the US government, and additional support provided by private agencies, individuals, foundations, corporations, and governments in the region.

The views expressed in articles by external contributors are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the policy or position of the East-West Center or any organization with which the author is affiliated.


Our Partners

ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute

The ISEAS - Yusof Ishak Institute (formerly Institute of Southeast Asian Studies) is an autonomous organization established in 1968. It is a regional centre dedicated to the study of socio-political, security, and economic trends and developments in Southeast Asia and its wider geostrategic and economic environment. The Institute’s research programmes are grouped under Regional Economic Studies (RES), Regional Strategic and Political Studies (RSPS), and Regional Social and Cultural Studies (RSCS). The Institute is also home to the ASEAN Studies Centre (ASC), the Nalanda-Sriwijaya Centre (NSC) and the Singapore APEC Study Centre.

US-ASEAN Business Council

For more than 30 years, the US-ASEAN Business Council has been the premier advocacy organization for American corporations operating within the dynamic Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Worldwide, the Council's 150+ member companies generate over $6 trillion in revenue and employ more than 13 million people. Members include the largest US companies conducting business in ASEAN, and range from newcomers to the region to companies that have been working in Southeast Asia for over 100 years. The Council has offices in: Washington, DC; New York, NY; Bangkok, Thailand; Hanoi, Vietnam; Jakarta, Indonesia; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Manila, Philippines; and Singapore.

US-ASEAN Business Council members contributed toward this initiative:

Project Staff

Director: Satu Limaye, PhD

Coordinators: Caitlin Brophy, Peter Valente, Sarah Wang

Publication Additional Research and Support: Grace Ruch Clegg, Orrie Johan, David Lee, Jaichung Lee, Jeesu Lee, Karen Mascariñas, Khun Nyan Min Htet, Kim Meihua Roy, Stephen Shao, Matthew Short, Matthew Wong

US-ASEAN Business Council publication staff: Alexander C. Feldman, President; Kathleen Lunardi and Anthony Nelson, Coordinators; Elizabeth Dugan, Hai Pham, Artha Sirait, Riley Smith, Matt Solomon, Christopher Wells

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