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Saw Swee Hock Southeast Asia Centre event launch|

We were delighted to host Dato' Sri Nazir Razak, Chairman of CIMB Group, on 28th January for the public event launch of the Saw Swee Hock Southeast Asia Centre. This public lecture examined the ASEAN Economic Community in 2015, from a business perspective. #LSESEAC


LSE Literary Festival 2015 - Foundations|

Will be taking place from Monday 23 - Saturday 28 February 2015. The Saw Swee Hock Southeast Asia Centre will be participating on Saturday 28th February, Rebellion and Foundation: Southeast Asia, the UK and 50 years of development.|


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." 



Hong Kong: The Struggle at the End of History|

Tuesday 10th February 2015, 6.30 - 8.00pm, Old Theatre, Old Building

Speakers: Professor Conor Gearty, Professor Danny Quah, Isabella Steger and Raymond Li

Rebellion and Foundation:  Southeast Asia, the UK, and 50 years of development|

Saturday 28th February, 3.00 - 4.30pm, Sheikh Zayed Theatre, NAB

Speakers: Ahmad Zakii Anwar, Nickson Fong, Yang-May Ooi;
Chair: Dr Felicia Yap

LSE Literary Festival 2015: Foundations

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.

Convergence Determines Governance - Within and Without
Danny Quah present empirical evidence that suggests the emerging economies have resilience and growth momentum that is their own, and at the same time, explains why so many think the statistics show the world economy remains firmly driven by a Transatlantic engine. His article appeared in a Brookings volume published to coincide with the recent G20 meetings in Brisbane this past November.

Prof Danny Quah at ISEAS Regional Outlook Forum in Singapore
SEAC Director, Prof Danny Quah spoke in Singapore on 8th January 2015 at the ISEAS Regional Outlook Forum on how a possible China slowdown might affect the ASEAN Economies. He concluded that the risks were balanced: what happens in ASEAN would depend on why exactly China's economy faltered. However, even should a slowdown occur, China could still offer a 50% proportional growth in market size compared to a decade ago.

Chinese Lessons: Singapore’s Epic Regression to the Mean
How long-lasting can be the spectacular runs of economic growth the world has seen for China and other parts of Asia, including notably Southeast Asia? Danny Quah argued that the statistical evidence on "regression to the mean" is far from compelling and that, moreover, the most resonant examples of failed Asian economic growth, according to that mean-regression view, have actually been dramatically successful. Quah, Danny. 2014. “Chinese Lessons: Singapore’s Epic Regression to the Mean.” World Bank Future Development (November 10).

Asean community by 2015? Tan Sri Dr Munir Majid for The Star Online
"In reality Asean as an organisation is an inter-governmental association of states without surrender of sovereignty to any supranational authority. There is no harm to aspire to become a community. The point, however, is that to become a community it cannot remain a pure association without communitarian obligations." Writes Tan Sri Dr Munir Majid for the Star Online.

Director Danny Quah on BBC Radio 4
LSE Southeast Asia Director, Prof Danny Quah, appeared on BBC Radio 4, together with Cambridge author Ha-Joon Chang to discuss 'Teaching Economics After the Crash.'