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Freiburger Horizonte - Lecture with Hal Hill on June 24, 2015

Under the broader question of “Towards a Pacific World Order?”, Hal Hill, Professor for Southeast Asian Economies at the Australian National University and FRIAS Senior Fellow, will give a lecture on “The Economic Rise of Southeast Asia: Narratives, Lessons, Implications”. The lecture serves as a keynote speech for the opening of the two-day conference of the FRIAS Research Focus Southeast Asia on “Dynamic Alignments and Dealignments in Southeast Asia” from June 24-26, 2015. More information on the conference can be found here.


With the “Freiburg Horizons”, FRIAS takes on issues of high relevance to society, creating a forum for public discussions between experts and researchers from civil society, the political and economic sphere. Every year, three topics will be discussed in depth in one or two events in the framework of the “Freiburg Horizons”. More information can be found here.


This lecture is open to the public.

Date: June 24, 2015

Time: 18:15

Venue: University of Freiburg, College Building I, Lecture Hall 1098


The Economic Rise of Southeast Asia – Narratives, Lessons, Implications

The 10 countries of Southeast Asia, that together form the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), are among the most dynamic and diverse in the developing world. This dynamism is one of the factors underpinning the shift in the global centre of economic activity towards the Asia-Pacific region. If the 20th century was labeled the ‘Atlantic Century’, then we are now witnessing the transition to the ‘Pacific Century’. This Lecture examines the economic and social development of these 10 countries, set in their historical and political contexts. We explore both the region’s major achievements over recent decades and the many challenges facing its 625 million people. We also compare and contrast ASEAN with the European Union, as the two most durable regional groupings in the world today. The final part of the Lecture addresses some of the broader implications of the rise of the Asia-Pacific region.