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We're hiring! LSE SEAC Graduate Internship Programme

The Saw Swee Hock Southeast Asia Centre is looking for an enthusiastic and proactive Graduate Intern to assist on a combination of specific projects (a large workshop and a lecture series), and on the Centre as a whole: specific events, Centre administration, web management, and communications. To be considered for this role, you need to have graduated from LSE in the past year and be available for an immediate start.

This is a paid and temporary for a duration of 9 months. More here.


Centre Associate Dr Shin organising lecture with Mayor of Seoul

LSE's Department of Geography and Environment and Centre Associate Dr Hyun Bang Shin are oragansing an event with the Mayor of Seoul entitled: 'Democratic Urban Governance: new communication and innovation in Seoul with the citizen'.

Thursday 18th June, 6.30 - 8.00pm, Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building.


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, talked 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.


LSE SEAC Director Danny Quah in Southeast Asia - Spring 2015

On 28 April Prof Danny Quah, Director of LSE SEAC spoke at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in Singapore on "Economics in a Disorderly World Order". That month he also gave talks on ASEAN at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok and to LSE alumni groups in Singapore, Hong Kong, and Malaysia. He also updated alumni and LSE friends on developments at the Southeast Asia Centre and the Institute of Global Affairs.


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.


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


Community-building calls for humanitarian action
Centre Associate, Dr Tan Sri Munir Majid writes for The Star Online on the Myanmar refugee crisis: "It is surreal, is it not, that here we are talking about an Asean community, and yet are unable to address in concert the wave of Rohingya refugees arriving in Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand from the Arakan coast of Myanmar, or are being turned back into the Andaman Sea to suffer an uncertain fate."

3 things Asean Summit Must Act On
Ahead of the ASEAN Summit, LSE SEAC Associate, Tan Sri Dr Munir Majid writes for The Star Online on three urgent matters that need to be addressed. He also made a presentation on behalf of the Asean Business Advisory Council, which he chairs, to the Asean Heads of State and Government at the 26th Asean Summit in Kuala Lumpur on 27th April.

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.