South - East Asia

South-East Asia

Southeast Asia is home to historically rich, politically varied, culturally vibrant and religiously diverse nations of Myanmar, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Timor-Leste, Laos, and the Philippines. Surrounded by waters essentially, it stands at the crossroads of the wider Asia-Pacific, with strategic and powerful neighbors such as China, Australia, Japan, and India. Grouped as ASEAN (Association of South East Asian Nations), the region has become a focal point for the emerging regional security architecture in the Asia-Pacific. Recording an impressive economic growth in the last decade, and hosting one third of global maritime traffic, Southeast Asia has developed into a vital junction for world trade. Hence, global powers like the United State and China are ramping up their engagement with the countries in the region, at individual, bilateral and multilateral levels. The Southeast Asian countries have been welcoming and enthusiastic of the diverse engagements with foreign powers, as it serves to constrain single power influence over the region. At the same time, providing multiple sources for development of their economic and defense potential. However, the countries in the region are not without their own challenges in the form of infrastructure gaps, income inequality, and extreme weather calamities (as a result of climate change).





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Jefin Jerry

July to August 2022

Center for East Asian Studies provided me with constant guidance and support throughout my internship, and the members of this Center are rooted in the vision of delivering impactful innovations and solutions to global challenges in East Asia. Proud to be a part of this team.

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Fedhuwa Nara Parambath

Research Affiliate, June to July 2022

My experience at the Centre for East Asian Studies has been quite positive. I am deeply grateful to my mentors, who made this internship a fruitful learning experience. The internship was enlightening, giving me a new perspective on East Asia and its vast and diverse cultures and communities.

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Rose Paul

Research Affiliate, June to July 2022

The internship with the centre was a great learning experience and a wonderful opportunity. The centre broadened my horizons and helped me identify my interests, strengths and weaknesses.

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Vishesh Sharma

Bachelor of Arts Journalism, Psychology, English, Christ University, Bengaluru

The time I spent at the centre was refreshing and I gained a deeper insight into the world of geopolitics by the seminars held by the Centre.

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Renee Vincent

Stella Maris College, Chennai

The internship met all my expectations. I learned a alot from it about how to systematically compile information and assimilate it into my research. I was thoroughly satisfied with how the Centre mentored me and I am grateful for the opportunity.

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Patricia Cherlyn

Stella Maris College, Chennai

The Centre has given me immense knowledge of how to research and, most importantly, to make the research relevant and functional. The mentors have guided me throughout the internship and were very accommodating and welcoming. The internship provided me with an opportunity to write and publish my first research paper, and I would use the methodologies and learnings throughout

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Josna Shibu Mathew

Stella Maris College, Chennai

My internship at CEAS has been a great learning experience, and I am grateful for the opportunity to have interned with such a prestigious institution. I consider the experience highly valuable as it gave me insights into conducting organized research and structuring my writing effectively.

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