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Can Vietnam rise to leadership challenge?

  • Hoang Thi Ha


Singapore   /   Mon, January 13, 2020   /  11:29 am
Can Vietnam rise to leadership challenge? Vietnam leads: Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha (left) hands over the gavel for ASEAN chairmanship to Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc during the closing ceremony of the 35th ASEAN Summit in Bangkok on Nov. 4, 2019. (AFP/Lillian Suwanrumpha)

The State of Southeast Asia 2020 Survey, conducted by the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS)-Yusof Ishak Institute in Singapore from Nov. 12 to Dec. 1, 2019, unveils both continuity and nuanced change in how regional policymakers and opinion leaders perceive the problems facing the region and whether they are confident in ASEAN’s ability to rise to today’s challenges. The survey report canvassed the views of 1,308 Southeast Asians hailing from the region’s governments, research institutions, business sector, civil society and media. It sought to understand Southeast Asian perceptions on regional affairs and engagements with the major powers. According to the survey, domestic political instability, including ethnic and religious tensions, continues to be the region’s paramount challenge, being identified by 70.5 percent of respondents. This is a per...

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