Born in 2015, the Association has an ambitious vision: to provide Italy and its “country system” with a tool to understand and work with south-east Asia. The rise of the ASEAN in the globalized arena is an opportunity for Italy to widen the number of its country partners. The Association is open to participation by Italian, European, and Asian supporters. It has a very lean organizational structure, with a Board of Directors responsible for setting the Association’s strategies and policies. Its initiatives will be implemented along three lines of action: events and conferences, economic trade missions, publication of books and reports.