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Grounding Area Studies in Social Practice

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The University of Freiburg pursues an interdisciplinary concept of research on Southeast Asia. The disciplines involved include Political Science, Social and Cultural Anthropology, Economics and Asian History. Southeast Asian Studies at Freiburg build on interdisciplinary and internationalized research and teaching. Other program components such as methodology training, regional networking, the graduate program, the alumni program and knowledge transfer are closely linked with the research core (more ... ). Research in this project focuses on two topics:

1. Democratization and Institutional Change in South East Asia

2. Modes of World-Making in South East Asia (Associated Research Project funded by DFG)

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Anna Fünfgeld, Maria-Gabriela Manea and Jürgen Rüland participated in the 60th Annual ISA Convention
  • The Conference of the International Studies Association (ISA) was held in Toronto, 27-30 March 2019.
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Lukas Maximillian Müller held an Presentation at the International ASEAN Conference, Yogyakarta, on "The Glorified Post Office No More? The Emerging Role of the ASEAN Policy Formulation and Monitoring".
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Jürgen Rüland spoke on 14 March 2019 at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Jakarta, on "The Indonesian Way in ASEAN: Indonesia's Foreign Policy 20 Years after Reformasi in a New era of Uncertainty."
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Jürgen Rüland was appointed as a Visiting Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Jakarta.
  • He stayed at CSIS from 18 February to 15 March 2019. Rüland studied themes related to the reform of Indonesian foreign policy after the fall of the Suharto regime and ASEAN's role of the United Nations.


An overview of all publications is available here.

journal of southeast asian economies

Continuity or Change? Indonesia's Intergovernmental Fiscal Transfer System under Jokowi.

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The Indonesian Way: ASEAN, Europeanization, and Foreign Policy Debates in a New Democracy.


To the ones in need or the ones you need? The political economy of central discretionary grants - empirical evidence from Indonesia

journal of ethnic and migration studies

Political remittances and the diffusion of a rightsbased
approach to migration governance: the case
of the Migrant Forum in Asia (MFA)


An overview of all media reports is available here.

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The Jakarta Post: Jürgen Rüland explains, why ASEAN needs a regional parliament

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The Jakarta Post: No "decisive" departure from ASEAN in Indonesian policy

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ASEAN's Regional Connectivity - External Partner Engagement Exposing Internal Governance Constraints

  • Commentary by Lukas Maximilian Müller
  • 7 Januar 2019
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Asia Dialogue: Southeast Asia's competitive sub-regionalism: Overlap and Superfluity?

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