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, outreach events across the US and ASEAN, and online articles, data visualizations, and information about the US-ASEAN relationship. The 6th edition of the ASEAN Matters for America publication was launched in 2023.

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

US-ASEAN Business Council

Since 1984, the US-ASEAN Business Council Inc. (The Council) has been established as a non-profit organization conducting research and analysis of economic, environmental, financial, political, and social, conditions in the ten countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). The Council utilizes the results of its research and analysis to assist its member companies by providing educational programs, technical information for product innovation, and trade and investment related activities. The Council supports the interests of over 175 member companies by providing advocacy, thought leadership, research, education, intelligence, and building key business relationships. Worldwide, the Council’s members generate over $7 trillion in revenue and employ more than 13 million people. For more information please visit www.usasean.org.

US-ASEAN Business Council members contributed toward this initiative:

ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute

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 ASEAN Studies Centre (ASC) was established in 2008 under the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute to research on issues pertaining to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) as an institution and a process. The ASC is the first Institutional Recipient of the ASEAN Prize in 2020, a prestigious award to honour the outstanding achievements of individuals or organisations who have made meaningful contribution to ASEAN.

Project Staff

East-West Center in Washington

Director: Satu Limaye, PhD

Senior Advisor: Spencer Gross

Coordinators: Lilah Connell

Research & Content: Jonathan Formella, Lian Hnin, Robert Kincaid, Joseph Maga, Ramil Mercado, Brendan Stewart, Beatrice Windorski, Natasha Yotmanee

US-ASEAN Business Council

President & CEO: Amb. Ted Osius

CPO & SVP: Marc Mealy

COO: Maggie Hanson-Muse

Coordinator: Sarah Lessing

Contributors: Lilibeth Almonte-Arbez, Hazen Williams, Andrew Koch

ASEAN Studies Centre, ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute

Director: Choi Shing Kwok, Head of ASEAN Studies Centre

Coordinator: Sharon Seah

Contributors: Joanne Lin, Melinda Martinus, Kristina Fong,

Pham Thi Phuong Thao, Indira Aridati

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