After two rounds of voting, CEAS contributors chose the following title for the book project: The New East Asia: Advancing Our Understanding of ASEAN and ASEAN Plus Three. The title, which was chosen by a clear majority of authors, reflects the contributors’ conviction that their work theorizes the ways that a “new” East Asia – one that integrates China, Japan and South Korea with Southeast Asia – is emerging today.
The 4th official CEAS workshop on “Promotion of ASEAN and East Asian Studies” was held on January 8-10, 2014 at Pullman King Power Hotel, Bangkok. Close to 60 participants, consisting of authors, reviewers, Book Publishing Working Group members, Future Cooperation Group Members and observers from the Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs and interested universities attended this three-day, intensive workshop. One of the highlights was the speech given by the former Secretary-General of ASEAN and Thammasat Distinguished Fellow, Dr. Surin Pitsuwan, on “The Role and Contribution of Higher Education on ASEAN Integration.”
Last month, CEAS’ annual progress report was submitted and accepted by the ASEAN Secretariat. The report, which was drafted by the CEAS Secretariat, detailed the outputs of the CEAS project from May 2012, when the first ASEAN SEC funds were received, until October, 2013, when the progress report was prepared. In the spirit of transparency, the report focused on those outputs that differed from the anticipated project outcomes enumerated in the project proposal. It also included an indicative work plan, the frameworks with which chapters are to be structured and a list of the signatories to CEAS facilitated Memorandums of Understanding on student and faculty exchange.