The Jakarta Post
If there is one face with which many would identify the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) today, it has got to be that of its outgoing Secretary-General Surin Pitsuwan. Khun Surin has presided over the organization at perhaps one of its most crucial historical moments, having to deal with the immense and complex challenges, both internal as well as external, that the region faces.
The fact that the 10 member countries have become better integrated today in spite of massive factors pulling them apart and that ASEAN has seen its stature in the region and the world rising cannot be separated from the effective role that Khun Surin has played since he moved to the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta on Jan. 1, 2008.
Khun Surin will be sorely missed when he leaves office next week after five years. Of all the 12 secretaries-general who have come and gone since 1976, he ha...