The Center for Southeast Asian Studies was formally established in 2005 as an independent institution and with specific focus on Southeast Asia. The Center collaborates with other area programs in global and comparative research and activities. The Center had three divisions: (1) the division of economic studies; (2) the division of socio-cultural studies; and (3) the division of politics and strategic studies. The Center provides support for research, conferences, workshops, seminars, and study groups. It welcomes visiting scholars who wish to conduct their research on Southeast Asia in Indonesia, and encourages collaboration with other Southeast Asian research institutes worldwide.
In 2016, CSEAS became a member of United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Networks (UN-SDSN). The UN Sustainable Development Solutions Net- work (UN-SDSN) has been operating under the auspices of the UN Secretary-General. SDSN mobilizes global scientific and technological expertise to promote practical solutions for sustainable development, including the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
In 2017 CSEAS became a member of Asia Consortium of Non-Traditional Security Studies in Asia (NTS-Asia). The NTS-Asia Consortium is a network of non-traditional security research institutes and think tanks in Asia Pacific.?On the commemoration of 50 years of ASEAN, our Center conducted research on Human Rights and Labour Migration across ASEAN in 6 ASEAN countries. The results include a positive contribution on the issues of regional migration in ASEAN, especially on the issue of social protection of low skilled migrant workers across ASEAN.
We have three priority are in 2018 including Maritime Security in ASEAN (IUU Fishing and South China Sea), Migration in ASEAN and Sustainability in ASEAN (Marine Plastic Pollution). One of our priority areas is sustainability regarding the issue of on marine debris in the ASEAN countries, especially plastic waste. We work closely with the Division of Environment at the ASEAN Secretariat, Jakarta, on best practice concerning the management of plastic pollution in ASEAN.
Our activities also focus on how translate the 17 Goals of Sustainable Development Goals into the regional level and achieve the implementation of the ASEAN Community Vision 2025 and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in ASEAN in ways that complement and reinforce each other.