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Dealing with China - In Conversation with Hank Paulson|

On Monday 11th May, Mr Paulson, 74th Secretary of the Treasury and former Chairman and CEO of Goldman Sachs, will talk about his new book, Dealing with China| which takes readers behind closed doors to the future of China's state-controlled capitalism, in conversation with Lionel Barber.


Public events on Myanmar this April|

Dr Jurgen Haacke|, Centre Associate, together with the International Relations Department and Global South Unit at LSE, are organising two public events on on Myanmar this April.

Wednesday 22nd April, Myanmar: politics, pragmatism, and foreign policy; Speaker: Professor David I. Steinberg

Thursday 23rd April, Myanmar’s 2015 Elections: hopes, expectations, and certitude; Speakers: Professor David I. Steinberg; Min Zin; Myat Thu Hein Myat Thu Htet


LSE SEAC Director Danny Quah participated in ASEAN Conferences

Building A Brand New Perspective| conference organised by Projek Amanat Negara on 31 January 2015, SEAC Director Danny Quah and CIMB Chairman Dato' Sri Nazir Razak spoke on Malaysia's role in ASEAN Integration.
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The ASEAN Warwick Conference| held on 22 February 2015, Danny Quah participated alongside Dr Gerard Lyons, Chief Economic Advisor to London Mayor Boris Johnson, and Korn Chatikavanij, Former Finance Minister of Thailand, on the benefits and problems surrounding the impending 2015 formation of the ASEAN Economic Community.
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LSE SEAC Participated in LSE Literary Festival 2015 - Foundations|

The LSE Literary Festival took place from Monday 23rd - Saturday 28th February. The Saw Swee Hock Southeast Asia Centre participated on Saturday 28th February, Rebellion and Foundation: Southeast Asia, the UK and 50 years of development. Podcast of this panel discussion is now available online here.|


LSE Saw Swee Hock Southeast Asia launch

We were delighted to host Dato Sri Nazir Razak for our inaugural lecture on 28th January 2015, AEC 2015: A Perspective from Business. If you were unable to attend this public event, a podcast is now available online here. |


Malaysia - Healing the Nation|

Tuesday 5th May 2015, 12.30 - 2.00pm, Tower 2, Room 9.05

What is the “Malaysian nation” – and what is the state of its health?

Speaker: Tunku 'Abidin Muhriz
Chair: Professor Danny Quah


Dealing with China

Monday 11th May 2015, 6.00 - 7.00pm; Venue: TBC to ticketholders

Mr Paulson will talk about his new book, Dealing with China|, which takes readers behind closed doors to the future of China's state-controlled capitalism, in conversation with Lionel Barber. 

Speakers: Henry M. Paulson Jr
Interviewer: Lionel Barber
Chair: Professor Danny Quah


LSE Southeast Asia and ASEASUK Postgraduate Workshop 2015|

Open Call for Papers

The LSE Saw Swee Hock Southeast Asia Centre (SEAC) and the Association of Southeast Asian Studies in the United Kingdom (ASEASUK) are delighted to announce an open call for papers for their first Postgraduate Workshop, which will be held on Friday, 15th May 2015 at the London School of Economics.  

Browse our past event here| where you will find podcast, Storify slideshows and much more!

Tan Sri Dr Munir Majid - AEC needs financial lifeblood
"While actualisation of the Asean Economic Community (AEC) is concentrated on non-tariff barriers and measures (NTBs, NTMs) which frustrate the effort, insufficient attention has been paid to how insufficient progress in financial services integration is weighing it down." Read the entire article here.

A year of eye-catching statistical landscapes - The Economist
Prof Danny Quah, LSE SEAC Director, has been ranked number two in The Economist's eye-catching statistical landmarks of 2015, for his work looking at the world's economic centre of gravity from 1980-2050. The article explains: "Professor Danny Quah has calculated the world’s economic centre of gravity and reckons that, thanks to Asia’s rise, over the 70 years from 1980 to 2050 it will move eastwards from the mid-Atlantic all the way to somewhere between India and China. By 2015, the halfway point on this great journey, it will have reached the city of Bandar-e Mahshahr, in Iran, on the north-eastern tip of the Persian Gulf."

The Simple Arithmetic of China’s Growth Slowdown
What does China's growth slowdown mean to the ordinary, hardworking people of China or elsewhere? SEAC Director Danny Quah calculated that even at 7% growth in 2015 China will be adding more than three times to world GDP what in 2005 it would have done growing at 12%. That means that for exporters in most of the rest of the world, relative to domestic size, China in 2015 will still provide better than double the market growth than it did ten years ago. In this projection ASEAN economies will see no slowdown at all for their export opportunity in China. And, given current productivity trends, China's 7% growth in 2015 could still generate over 50mn new jobs for Chinese workers. Read more in Brookings Future Development (February 18). Washington DC.

Asean Community - case for mistaken identity
"What is called the Asean Community is actually not one. Not in the strict sense of the term “community”. Not at the end of 2015, or even in the foreseeable future." Read Tan Sri Dr Munir Majid's latest article for The Star Online. Dr Majid is an LSE Southeast Asia Centre Associate.

Asean integration vs domestic preoccupations
Tan Sri Dr Munir Majid, LSE Southeast Asia Centre Associate, write for The Star online. "EVERY so often there is concern about the level of commitment to Asean among its members states." Read here.