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Reinventing ASEAN

Simon S C Tay, Jesus P Estanislao and Hadi Soesastro

Publication Year: 2001

Reinventing ASEAN brings together contributions by some of the leading and well-established experts on ASEAN. It focuses primarily on the political-security and economic dimensions of ASEAN co-operation. In so doing, the authors have all treated the scope of their topics broadly. The idea of politics and security in ASEAN has been considered from many different aspects, under the rubric of "comprehensive" security or, to use a more recent term, "human" security. The consideration of economics is also rounded, and includes issues of development, as well as the political context for economic co-operation. Additionally, ASEAN’s processes and institutions, or what has been called the "ASEAN way", are also studied. After all, co-operation between nation-states encompasses not only what the members are trying to achieve together, but also the rules of how they are to work together. Thus, other areas for ASEAN co-operation, such as financial matters and environmental protection are also considered among the larger issues.

Published by: ISEAS–Yusof Ishak Institute

Title Page, Copyright

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pp. 2-5


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pp. v-vi

List of Tables

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pp. vii-8

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pp. ix-xii

There is now widespread recognition that the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) needs to be revitalized. Government ministers and officials have increasingly acknowledged that they must act or risk irrelevance. Singapore’s Foreign Minister Professor S. Jayakumar was probably the most...


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pp. xiii-xiv

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1. The Relevance of ASEAN: Crisis and Change

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pp. 3-24

Crisis and changing times challenge our fixed ideas and our institutions. Few institutions die, but many may lose their relevance and limp on, with less urgency, importance, and credibility. On the other hand, it is also possible that, when faced with crisis, some institutions are able to change and reinvent...

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2. ASEAN's Past and the Challenges Ahead: Aspects of Politics and Security

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pp. 25-34

It was also a reaction to the Vietnam War’s uncertain outcome, and the need for the non-communist countries of Southeast Asia to get together in facing a possible withdrawal of the United States from the region. Thus, ASEAN’s establishment was mainly for political-security reasons. ASEAN’s...

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3. ASEAN in the Past Thirty-three Years: Lessons for Economic Co-operation

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pp. 35-41

ASEAN has been in existence for thirty-three years, during which time it has gone through many changes in terms of what ASEAN co-operation was all about. For most of the thirty-three years, the Association focused on political co-operation, while economic co-operation was used to reinforce political...

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4. Trade, Investment, and Interdependence

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pp. 45-66

Economic regionalism in Southeast Asia rests on a foundation that is arguably far more solid than is the case with any other regional arrangements in the developing world. ASEAN has evolved gradually from a small grouping of five to a large grouping of ten countries within a span of three decades,...

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5. Southeast Asia: Development, Finance, and Trade

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pp. 67-102

The ten economies of Southeast Asia are now all together in ASEAN. Their coming together under one association should have been celebrated with greater pomp and enthusiasm. However, several developments have conspired to significantly tone down enthusiasm over the “accomplishment” of covering...

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6. Challenges for Society and Politics

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pp. 103-120

The enlargement of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to include all the ten Southeast Asian countries in 1999 caused a number of concerns among analysts and observers of ASEAN affairs. Among their concerns are the implications of enlargement for the solidarity, cohesion, and...

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7. ASEAN in the Age of Globalization and Information

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pp. 121-147

Until mid-1997, the ASEAN region was widely lauded for its “economic miracle”, an achievement it shared with the economies of Northeast Asia. A major explanatory factor was the strong external and global orientation of these economies. Then in July 1997, a financial crisis suddenly erupted in the...

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8. New Security Issues and Their Impact on ASEAN

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pp. 148-162

The state has been the focus of security discourse in the traditional study of international relations. Realism which had dominated thinking in international relations saw the international environment as one of anarchy and, therefore, in a potential state of war. States find themselves in a “security dilemma” in...

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9. The Greater Mekong Subregion: An ASEAN Issue

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pp. 163-182

The Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) brings together six countries: Cambodia, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (PDR), Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, and the Yunnan province of China. The economic significance of the GMS is often emphasized. There is clearly great potential in terms of...

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10. Expectations and Experiences of the New Members: A Vietnamese Perspective

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pp. 185-205

Vietnam joined the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in 1995. The same course was followed by Laos and Myanmar in 1997, and Cambodia in 1999. This expansion of ASEAN to include all ten Southeast Asian countries reflected not only the desire of these countries to join the...

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11. ASEAN and East Asia: A New Regionalism?

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pp. 206-225

There is a rising sense of East Asian identity today. There has been interest in Asia in finding new frameworks for co-operation. These have had the rough sense that Asia should go forward as a grouping that is larger than ASEAN but smaller than the Asia-Pacific. The ASEAN Plus Three (APT) process, that...

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12. Towards an East Asian Regional Trading Arrangement

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pp. 226-242

ASEAN Plus Three (APT) is perhaps the embryo of an East Asian regional organization. It refers to a regional process involving the ten ASEAN countries and three Northeast Asian countries (China, Japan, and Korea). As suggested by its name, this emerging regional process is driven by ASEAN. APT...

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13. Institutions and Processes: Dilemmas and Possibilities

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pp. 243-272

Before the economic and financial crisis that began in mid-1997, ASEAN was acknowledged as one of the most successful regional groupings, outside the European Union (EU). Many of its member states were part of what the World Bank called the “Asian miracle”. In foreign policy too, ASEAN showed...

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14. ASEAN in 2030: The Long View

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pp. 273-310

In 2030 ASEAN will be sixty-three years old. For human beings, this is near retirement age. Some will begin to slow down, others remain as vigorous as ever, if not more so. The official retirement age is being raised in many societies as aged persons continue to be productive. With age, a person is also...

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pp. 311-316

E-ISBN-13: 9789812305138
Print-ISBN-13: 9789812301475

Page Count: 316
Publication Year: 2001

Edition: 1

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  • ASEAN.
  • Southeast Asia -- Economic integration.
  • Southeast Asia -- Politics and government -- 1945-.
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