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Korea, ASEAN set to navigate another 30 years ahead

  • Kim Young-chae

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Jakarta   /   Mon, January 7, 2019   /  03:12 pm
Korea, ASEAN set to navigate another 30 years ahead Southeast Asian unity: A woman passes flags at the ASEAN Summit at Suntec Convention Centre in Singapore. (Reuters/Edgar Su)

Back in the 1990s, the world went through unexpected turbulence. A long-standing dichotomy of Cold War ended with two historic moments, the unification of Germany and the disintegration of the Soviet Union. 

Francis Fukuyama, an American political pundit, seemed to be undoubtedly right to predict the win of liberalism over other political systems when the political classic, The End of History, was published in 1989. Indeed, liberalism, democracy and market economy were zeitgeist in the 1990s. 

Regional integration was propelled by the tailwind of global optimism and liberalism. In 1992, the Maastricht Treaty was signed to give birth to today’s European Union. The treaty resulted in forming of a common market, adopting a single currency, Euro, and designing common foreign and defense policy. This was unprecedented and “ever-closer&r...

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