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LSE Southeast Asia and ASEASUK Postgraduate Workshop|

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. Deadline for abstracts is Friday 10th April 2015.

 
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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. Picture here.|

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. Picture here.|

 
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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|.

 
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LSE Saw Swee Hock Southeast Asia launch
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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. |

 

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 previous events 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.

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.'