CSIS is a founding institute of the ASEAN Institutes of Strategic and International Studies (ASEAN ISIS) and acts as its secretariat.


The group has established a series of meetings that have become a major venue for exchanges of ideas, not only amongst Southeast Asians but also with experts and government officials from other parts of the world.

The Asia Pacific Roundtable (APR), with a theme of confidence building and conflict reduction, has been hosted annually in June in Malaysia since the mid 1980s, and has been a forum for ASEAN ISIS from 1994. A Human Rights Colloquium takes place in the Philippinesin the beginning of each year.

Since 2000, the ASEAN Peoples Assembly (APA) has also been organized, involving a wide range of civil society organizations (CSOs), non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and peoples organizations (POs). The first took place in Batam (Indonesia) and the second in Bali(Indonesia). The third was held in Manila (Philippines) on September 24-27, 2003.

ASEAN ISIS also organizes regular bilateral seminars with counterpart institutions in China, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Indiaand Europe. The Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) Southeast Asia Regional Program has provided financial support to promote these activities.

ASEAN ISIS Member Institutions

In addition to CSIS, ASEAN ISIS has other eight member institutions: Brunei Darussalam Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies (BDIPSS), Brunei Darrussalam; Cambodian Institute for Cooperation and Peace (CICP), Cambodia; Institute of Foreign Affairs (IFA), Laos; Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS), Malaysia; Institute for Strategic and Development Studies (ISDS), Philippines; Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA), Singapore; Institute of Security and International Studies (ISIS), Thailand; and Institute for International Relations IIR), Vietnam.