The Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies aims at systematizing its focus on Asian Capitalism in order to contribute to the formulation of a (European) research agenda, to promote cooperation between research entities on the national and international level as well as to engage in policy and social science oriented discourses. Research projects are mapped within a field that is not defined as a coherent and bounded unit but as processes that link areas together. In this context region is seen as an impacted area that does not necessarily coincide with borders of sovereign states or natural demarcations. The Centre’s approach to Asian Capitalism evolves along four dimensions – geography, governance, culture/ethnicity and time/transition. Research projects are clustered within two groups that draw a line between Asian Capitalism on the one hand and the stylized facts of a neo-liberal global economic order on the other. The purpose of this alienation of Asian Capitalism from a (hypothetic) model of world capitalism is to promote and provoke a more fundamental discussion on the elements that constitute the global context in which Asian particularities need to be addressed. This perspective aims to challenge traditional viewpoints that focus primarily on national policy issues such as security and trade, and neglect globalization induced processes such as migration or transnational actors such as multinational corporations. The Centre stresses the importance of disciplinary and multi-disciplinary approaches most notably related to economics, political science and law as the basis to facilitate process oriented regional studies.