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Jakarta Post

Unspoken challenges of ASEAN

  • Rosalia Sciortino

Bangkok   /   Thu, February 21 2019   /  01:58 am

According to the alphabetic rules set for the annual rotation of the ASEAN chair, Thailand is to steward the grouping through 2019 in between Singapore and Vietnam. One year is short for any country to leave a mark and produce significant impacts, especially when the institution is a regional body known to be slow in taking action. While sympathetic ASEAN observers consider the core principles of consensus and non-intervention as crucial to deliver 50 years of economic development and peaceful cooperation, more critical voices have argued they are a barrier to address present-day challenges requiring more bold and rapid intervention.To examine the challenges ahead for Thailand a public forum was organized by two leading think tanks in the region, the Institute for International and Strategic Studies (IISS) and the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA), on Feb. 12 at ...