About the ASEAN Studies Initiative (ASI)

American University’s ASEAN Studies Initiative engages with faculty, students, and the broader D.C. community interested in Southeast Asia and the Indo-Pacific. The first of its kind to be established in the United States, ASI was formally launched at the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta, Indonesia, on July 14, 2009, by AU’s Dean of the School of International Service, Professor Louis Goodman, and the Secretary-General of ASEAN, Dr. Surin Pitsuwan. The Initiative is part of AU’s School of International Service, the largest and one of the oldest schools of international relations in the United States.


The ASEAN Studies Initiative has the following objectives:

  • To organize seminars, conferences, and training programs that advance knowledge and analysis of ASEAN for academic and policy communities;
  • To engage students at American University interested in ASEAN and Southeast Asian affairs through course offerings, graduate supervision, study abroad programs, fieldwork travel support, and internships at the ASEAN Secretariat and elsewhere in Southeast Asia;
  • To develop collaborative activities in partnership with institutions in the U.S, Southeast Asia and the Asia Pacific region which have similar aims and interests; and
  • To conduct research into various aspects of ASEAN, including economic, political, security and socio-cultural activities and cooperation, ASEAN’s institutional development, ASEAN’s relations with the US and other major powers, and its impact on international relations of the Asia Pacific region.

The Initiative will work collaboratively with the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta and with US government agencies, think-tanks and research institutes in Washington, as well as with Southeast Asia institutions and other ASEAN research centers in the United States and abroad.


Amb. Piper Campbell, Director

Dr. Amitav Acharya, Chair

Ramil Mercado, Research Assistant

Kyle Ta-ay, Research Assistant