ASEAN Centre in MGIMO-University the MFA of Russia


About the Centre

About the Centre

ASEAN Centre in MGIMO was officially opened on June 15, 2010 at the new university building. The Centre was formed in accordance with the Memorandum signed in July 2009 by ASEAN Secretary General Dr. Surin Pitsuvan and Prof. Anatoly Torkunov, the Rector of MGIMO. According to this document, the Centre’s mission is to spread information about the ASEAN-Russia dialogue partnership, to facilitate development of economic linkages, cultural, scientific and educational exchanges as well as people-to-people contacts between Russia and the ASEAN member countries, to carry out and support research on issues related to ASEAN and its member states. Dr. Victor Sumsky, a specialist in current history of Southeast Asian countries and international relations in the region, has been appointed as the first Director of the ASEAN Centre. Dr. Sumsky, a MGIMO graduate and a specialist in the contemporary history and politics in Southeast Asia, previously worked for the Soviet Foreign Ministry and the research institutes of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

Currently the Acting Director of the Centre is Dr. Ekaterina Koldunova, PhD in Political Studies, Associate Professor, Department of Oriental Studies in MGIMO University. Dr. Koldunova is a prominent specialist in Southeast Asian Studies, whose area of expertise includes international relations and political trends in Southeast Asia.


The Centre’s Management

Executive Board

The Centre’s Opening

The Best of ASEAN Centre 2010–2018