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Institute of Southeast Asina Studies
Activities and Programs

Conferences, Seminars and Public Lectures

ISEAS has an active programme of conferences, seminars and public lectures, organized independently or in collaboration with other research institutes and organizations. The scope of these meetings ranges from major international gatherings to informal discussion groups.  Major regular events are the Singapore Lecture, the Asia and Pacific Lecture, the ASEAN Roundtable, the APEC Roundtable, the Regional Outlook Forum, and the Regional Strategic & Political  Developments Forum. The Trends in Southeast Asia seminar series cover recent and current political, security, economic, and social developments in Southeast Asian Countries.. 

As part of the Institute''s mission to contribute to the intellectual life of Singapore, ISEAS organizes the Singapore Lecture, the Asia and Pacific Lecture, and other public lectures.

Singapore Lecture

The Singapore lecture, inaugurated in 1980, is designed to provide an opportunity for distinguished statesmen and leaders of thought and knowledge to reach a wider audience in Singapore.  The presence of such eminent persons allows Singaporeans, especially younger executives and decision-makers in both the private and public sectors, the benefit of exposure to leading world figures who address topics of international and regional interest.

Asia and Pacific Lecture
The Asia and Pacific Lecture series was launched in May 1997 as part of the continuing effort of ISEAS to contribute to the intellectual life of Singapore.  The speakers are leading political leaders and technocrats, outstanding entrepreneurs and businessmen, and eminent scholars and professionals from the Asia-Pacific region

Training and Briefings

ISEAS has conducted short-term training programmes on ASEAN and East Asia. It is also engaged in regional research capacity-building through the hosting of regional researchers and trainees and bilateral programmes with select institutes in the region. It also conducts frequent briefings on Singapore, Southeast Asia and ASEAN, and the Asia-Pacific and APEC.
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ISEAS is a co-ordinator and member of many international and regional networks of research institutes and researchers, ISEAS is a member of the APEC Study Centres Consortium.
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The Institute is a major publisher of scholarly books and journals on Southeast Asia and the Asia-Pacific. The Publications Unit has produced over 900 titles since the early 1970s and, in recent years, an average of 40 new  publications a year. Manuscripts are by in-house researchers as well as authors from all over the world. ISEAS books and jour nals are distributed to over 120 countries worldwide.

ISEAS publishes three academic journals — tri-annual ASEAN Economic Bulletin, tri-annual Contemporary Southeast Asia, bi-annual Sojourn: Journal of Social Issues in Southeast Asia — as well as two annuals, Southeast Asian Affairs and Regional Outlook.

To facilitate timely dissemination of research and commentaries on recent and current developments, ISEAS also produces monographs under the Working Paper Series and the Trends in Southeast Asia Series.

For further information, see the Publications Unit''s Internet website at


The ISEAS Library is a regional resource centre which houses an excellent collection of Southeast Asian materials on the applied social sciences in English and the region’s languages, in print and multimedia formats. The collection has over 450,000 items.

The Library is open to in-house researchers as well as visiting scholars and specialists on the region.


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