The Jakarta Post
Under the leadership of Surin Pitsuwan, the ship of ASEAN sailed, albeit with some difficulties, through troubled waters over the last several years.
With his Harvard doctorate, pleasant personality and diplomatic skills, Surin, the former prime minister of Thailand, was considered the right person to fill the association’s hot seat.
However, in less than five months, Surin must relinquish his job, leaving the gargantuan task of building the ASEAN Community by 2015 to a successor.
Barring any unexpected developments, Vietnam’s deputy foreign minister Le Luong Minh, will become the association’s next secretary-general.
Officially, Vietnam has not yet named Minh, a career diplomat, as its candidate for ASEAN’s top post, which is held on a rotating basis.
“The post of ASEAN secretary-general is being rotated alphabetically every five years a...