Groningen Research Centre for Southeast Asia and ASEAN (SEA ASEAN)
The aim of the SEA-ASEAN centre is to further inter-disciplinary research on contemporary Southeast Asia and ASEAN.
We build on the successful framework of inter-faculty cooperation within Globalization Studies Groningen (GSG) and will serve side by side with our sister organization the Centre for East Asian Studies Groningen (CEASG) in the broad study of Asia.
We aim to bridge high quality scholarly research, with policy relevance and a concern for societal outcomes, in the study of the nations and societies of Southeast Asia and ASEAN as a regional actor.
Middle-Income and Transition. A special focus is placed on middle-income developing countries in the region with a democratic tradition - Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines and Thailand - as well as countries in economic and political transition, especially Vietnam and Myanmar.
On December 12th, 2022 the summit Celebrating EU-ASEAN People-to-People Cooperation on Higher Education took place in Brussels. Prof. Ronald Holzhacker was one of the speakers in a session about Enhancing the EU and ASEAN’s Higher Education Integration.
The G20 and the Netherlands: Towards Longer-Term Thinking
Next week, our PM Mark Rutte will be departing for the G20 Summit in Indonesia. Leaders and governments from across the globe, representing citizens from the largest, most powerful upper and middle-income countries, will be gathering in Bali. These summits, and the media attention surrounding them, are often dominated by debates on important world crises that are in need of immediate attention, such as the tragic, ongoing war being waged by Russia in Ukraine.
However, it is important that our leaders, beyond discussing these crises, also pay critical attention to longer-term global challenges during the G20 Summit.
Read the full article by prof. Jouke de Vries and prof. Ron Holzhacker
5 July 2021
Isti Hidayati from the Faculty of Spatial Sciences won the Wierenga-Rengerink Prize – and 7,500 euros in prize money – for the UG’s best dissertation of 2020.
Readmore about her dissertation in this Ukrant article: https://ukrant.nl/when-i-cant-write-i-organise-files-for-a-sense-of-achievement/?lang=en
February 18, 2021, the Netherlands' ASEAN Treaty Accession
The Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in Southeast Asia (TAC) is a peace treaty among Southeast Asian countries established by the founding members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), a geo-political and economic organization of 10 countries located in Southeast Asia.
During the 37th ASEAN Summit and Related Summits held through video-conference on 17-21 November 2020, ASEAN consensually approved the Netherlands’ TAC accession.
Indonesia believes that this is a much-welcomed development and one that merit discussions on the possible future cooperation between ASEAN and the Netherlands.
In this end, the upcoming webinar aims to serve as a platform of dialogue between ACTH and The Netherlands on issues, such as, but not limited to:
I. the role of TAC in building trust and maintaining security and stability in the region;
II. The Netherlands’ considerations to become the High Contracting Parties to the TAC, and the added value The Netherlands could bring; and
III. ASEAN’s expectation from its high-contracting parties.
This webinar will also identify and explore possible cooperation between ASEAN and the Netherlands, within the framework of TAC and ASEAN Outlook on Indo-Pacific (AOIP).
As stated above, the webinar could benefit from knowing first-hand the reasoning behind The Netherlands’ consideration to be one of the High Contracting Parties (HCP) to the TAC, expectations and what the Netherlands’ can bring to ASEAN in terms of cooperation in the 3 pillars of ASEAN Community, namely Political-Security, Economic and Socio-Cultural.
Against this background, the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in the Netherlands and the ASEAN Committee in The Hague (ACTH) cordially invite you to a web- seminar (webinar) under the theme of:
THE NETHERLANDS' ACCESSION TO THE TREATY OF AMITY AND COOPERATION IN SOUTHEAST ASIA (TAC): FUTURE VIEW ON ASEAN-THE NETHERLANDS' RELATIONS
DATE: Thursday, 18 February 2021
TIME: 10.00 CET (Amsterdam) / 16.00 WIB
WHERE: Zoom Webinar
January 25, 2021
Today SEA ASEAN successfully concluded its conference on 'Climate and Sustainable Development' with scientists and policymakers from across the Asia Pacific. The conference was held on the occasion of the opening of the Global Climate Adaptation Summit (CAS 21) in the Hague. The first session of our SEA ASEAN conference opened with the broad scientific debate, the second session focused on implementation of the science by cities in Southeast Asia, and the final session focused on the policy and political dynamics of this agenda.
The President of UG, Prof, Jouke de Vries opened this final session of the conference with contributions from Patrick Verkooijen, CEO of the Global Adaptation Center, the Ambassador Pham Viet Ahn of Vietnam (ASEAN chairmanship 2020), and the Netherlands Minister Cora van Niewenhuizen.
The program of the conference is available below, as is the YouTube broadcast of the conference, currently with more than 500 unique views.
(The final picture below is the 'behind the scenes' view of the broadcast studio set-up for the conference within the Van Swinderenhuys next door to the Academy Building of the University of Groningen. Highly skilled professionals mixed the sound and visual images coming from those presenting live in the building with those connecting in from across the Asia Pacific.)
A very proud day for Tri Efriandi, successfully defending his PhD thesis 'Decentralization and the Challenges of Local Governance in Indonesia: Four case studies on public provision and democratization in Papua and West Papua.' He defended his Phd in the Aula accompanied by his promoters Prof. Oscar Couwenberg and Prof. Ronald Holzhacker, Faculty of Spatial Sciences. Tri will be returning shortly to a position at the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of Indonesia, as a new Dr. with new insights and perspectives on governance.
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