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A special issue of Asia Pacific Business Review on “50 Years of Regional Integration in ASEAN” has been co-edited in November 2019 by Philippe De Lombaerde, professor in International Economics and co-coordinator of the Europe-Asia Centre of Expertise at NEOMA.
DE LOMBAERDE PhilippeIn its 50 years of existence, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has become an essential part of the (socio-)economic, regulatory and political environment in which businesses in Southeast Asia operate. At the same time, for many multinational companies from East Asia and beyond, production, assembly or distribution sites in ASEAN have become important nodes in their production networks and links in their global or regional value chains.

This special issue of the Asia Pacific Business Review is the outcome of a research project undertaken at NEOMA Business School, commissioned and funded by the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA). Experts coming from various disciplines have investigated the progress that has been made in Southeast Asian regional integration under the aegis of ASEAN and contributed seven articles to this special issue.

The first three articles (Pelkmans; Degelsegger-Márquez and Remøe; Laplace, Lenoire and Roucolle) evaluate the depth of the economic integration process and reflect on the state of the ASEAN Economic Community, i.e. the extent to which ASEAN has become/is becoming an integrated market. The next two articles (Cuyvers; Jetschke) look into the bridges between the business and economic aspects of integration, on the one hand, and more political aspects, on the other.
Finally, the last two articles (Chen and De Lombaerde; Rüland) look at ASEAN in its international and global context.

Asia Pacific Business Review
Volume 25, 2019 - Issue 5: ASEAN at 50