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Urban ASEAN?

By Maria Elisabeth Höwer

“The 21st century will be urban”: since 2009 the biggest part of the world’s population concentrates in urban areas. Southeast Asia has seen significant urbanisation within the last decades, a process which took place parallelly to rapid economic development and population growth. At the same time, these developments pose important social, economic and environ-mental challenges. The ASEAN community strives to be people-centred, economically strong, inclusive, connected and environmentally sustainable. This paper argues that these ASEAN goals have an important urban dimension. more…

September 29, 2017

ASEAN at 50 - A Look at its External Relations

Panorama - Insights into Asian and European Affairs

As ASEAN marks its 50th anniversary, we have dedicated this issue of our journal Panorama Insights into Asian and European Affairs to analyse ASEAN’s relations with several of its dialogue partners in the ever changing global landscape. In view of its external relations, the articles also reflect on ASEAN’s achievements in the last five decades, challenges it has overcome, and the prospects ahead. more…

September 12, 2017

Second Training Workshop for KASYP Batch 2017-2018

On Local Governance and Development

To think about sustainable development and good governance, it is paramount to highlight the initiatives of local institutions and politics. This was why the 8th KASYP Batch met in Penang from 23rd to 26th August to discuss further. more…

Event Reports | September 8, 2017

Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Young Political Leaders Caucus (KASYP-LC) Experts' Meeting

For Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) | #KASYP4SDGs

Committed to discussing good governance practices within the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) framework, the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Young Political Leaders Caucus (KASYP-LC) met from 4-5 August in Bangkok to discuss roadmap moving forward. more…

Event Reports | August 14, 2017


Celebrating five decades of regional stability

In 1984, then French President Mitterrand and German Chancellor Kohl held hands on the World War I battlefields of Verdun. This great symbol of reconciliation and benevolence between two former adversaries highlighted a new found European friendship; a new peaceful European order, which culminated in the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize for the common project, the European Union (EU). The European integration process is without a doubt one of the great achievements of the 20th century; but it is not the only one. more…

Dr. Frederick Kliem | Country Reports | August 4, 2017