Introduction: The Genesis of IRC
The Information & Resource Center (IRC) was set up in January 1985 in Singapore as a limited company offering consultancy and research services on the ASEAN region. It also operated as a “private think tank” serving the larger interests of the corporate, governmental and non-governmental community.
The Center’s activities have been extensive and varied and included public affairs, research and analysis; public lectures, closed-door discussions, and conferences; publishing; human resource training and development programs; networking with leaders in business and government; cooperation with non-governmental organizations and research institutions in ASEAN and the world.
To reflect the state of the region in the 1980s before the end of the Cold War, IRC’s programs and activities were designed to contribute relevant alternatives to decision-makers in governments, business, media and academic circles, the non-profit sector, foundations and grant-giving institutions.