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Singapore, ASEAN and the Cambodian Conflict 1978-1991 Ang Cheng Guan Gives an official account of Singapore's role in the resolution of the Cambodian conflict. Reconstructs the shifting power relations and diplomatic manoeuvrings of the international parties involved, based on original research in the archives of the Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs as well as on interviews with Singapore foreign officers who were involved in the Cambodian conflict. Provides a detailed account of the policies and decision-ma ...Continue Reading English 87969
Towards ASEAN Economic Community 2025! Sanchita Basu Das Argues that ASEAN will require a new economic community vision beyond 2015, given the changing nature of the region's political economic landscape. Adds that different ASEAN countries are at different developmental stages, meaning that the deepening of economic cooperation will require a judicious but steady approach. Suggests that a new vision for the economic community, tentatively named AEC 2025, needs to be based on ASEAN's own strengths an ...Continue Reading English 87966
The Changing Architecture of Politics in the Asia-Pacific: Another (lost) Middle Power Moment? Beeson, M. Deals with the concept of middle power. Puts the growing middle power literature in perspective by reviewing the international history of the post-World War II era. Examines whether middle power diplomacy has actually had an impact on international affairs. Links this theoretical oscillation to specific historical contexts with a focus on several quintessential middle powers, notably Australia and Canada. Argues that for all the potential t ...Continue Reading English 87964
Thought/Issues Paper on ASEAN Food Security: Towards a more Comprehensive Framework Desker, Barry Notes that food security is fundamental to human security and sustainable development. Argues that as ASEAN moves towards an integrated community of caring societies in 2015 and beyond. Cites that food security should be an integral part of the ASEAN community building agenda and deserves more attention than it has been getting in the AEC Blueprint. Contends that ASEAN needs to be infused with a new thinking on food security that is responsive ...Continue Reading English 87960
Growing Up With the Nation Jaafar, Ahmad Kamil Offers a treatise on Malaysian foreign policy as seen through the eyes of Tan Sri Kamil, a Malaysian diplomat well known within ASEAN for his role as negotiator and mediator. Traces the formulation and implementation of Malaysia's foreign policy since its independence in 1957. Reviews the author's formative years from childhood until he joined the foreign service, a childhood spent in a multinational setting. Describes how Malaysia met internal ...Continue Reading English 87953
Enhancing Regional and Sub-regional Co-operation and Connectivity in ASEAN Deals with the interplay of regionalism, sub-regionalism, and the role of connectivity in ASEAN. Showcases this interplay by looking at three sub-regional processes - Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS), Indonesia-Malaysia-Thailand Growth Triangle (IMT-GT), and Brunei-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) and at the ASEAN Free Trade Area (AFTA) to represent regionalism. Points out that while IMT-GT and BIMP-EAGA are menti ...Continue Reading English 87952
A Guide for ASEAN Business: ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Area (AANZFTA) Introduces the ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Area (AANZFTA) and guides the business community and other stakeholders of ASEAN on its implementation and utilization. Highlights the salient provisions of the agreement, including market opportunities that have been created for ASEAN manufacturers, traders, investors, and professionals. Complements, but does not interpret, the legal text of the AANZFTA. Explains that the AANZFTA goes beyond ...Continue Reading English 87950
ASEAN Community in Figures ACIF 2012 Features key economic and social developments in individual ASEAN member states and in the ASEAN region. Compiles selected economic and social indicators from 2005 to 2011, presenting in more than 50 tables and charts. Provides answers on ASEAN's general economy, trade and foreign direct investment (FDI), tourism, telecommunications, population, labor force, and social development. Contains brief interpretations of the trends as shown in the t ...Continue Reading English 87946
India-Thailand Relations Through Ages: Historical Links to Contemporary Convergences Ghosh, Lipi Explains that India and Thailand both have age-old histories of ancient civilization and reciprocal contacts. Begins with a review of Indo-Thai relations and the events of theof Bengal. Points out that reconstruction of the trajectory of social change in either mainland or peninsular Southeast Asia - today's ASEAN region - can only be undertaken once the extent and nature of sailing networks have been demarcated. Argues that the acceptance of a ...Continue Reading English 87941
A Proposal to Strengthen the ASEAN's Role in the Fight Against Trafficking in Persons Naparat Kranrattanasuit Explains that the high number of human trafficking victims in ASEAN has raised, considering that counter-trafficking strategies at the national and regional levels are deficient. Notes that ASEAN has failed to create an adequate anti-trafficking law, structure, and human rights bodies, arguing that these have not provided equal protection for all trafficking victims. Studies Cambodia, Thailand, and Vietnam in order to take a close look at their ...Continue Reading English 87938
The Study of ASEAN and Cross-strait Relations in Relation with Political and Economic Development: Perspectives From Improvement of China's Image and ECFA Shih-Chi Lin Constitutes a doctorate dissertation written in Chinese. Explains that while the US, Japan, the EU, and Russia have marveled at China's progress since the end of the Cold War, China's neighboring countries in Asia - including ASEAN - have been worried. Points out that ASEAN questions whether the rise of China will bring about peaceful cooperation or whether it will lead to potential threats. Deals with the ASEAN+1 free trade agreement signed w ...Continue Reading Chinese 87929
A Model of Intergovernmental Collaboration in Tourism Among ASEAN Nations Wong, Emma P.Y. Aims to answer two questions, namely how ASEAN countries collaborate in tourism and what can be done to improve their collaboration. Constructs a model of ASEAN tourism collaboration. Reveals that three categories of factors facilitate ASEAN tourism collaboration and its implementation of policies, namely stakeholders - especially the political will and commitment of national leaders resources - the technical and financial assistance provided b ...Continue Reading English 87925
Driving Forces of the ASEAN-5 Stock Markets Integration Bakri Abdul Karim Examines the determinants of stock market integration among five selected ASEAN emerging stock markets, namely Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Singapore (ASEAN-5). Explains that the determinants of stock market integration are largely unexplored in previous studies. Attempts to fill the gap in the literature and to provide recent empirical evidence on the forces behind the stock market integration among the ASEAN-5. Bases it ...Continue Reading English 87922
Economic Governance: What Can the EU and ASEAN Learn From Each Other After the Economic Crisis? Blizkovsky, Petr Studies the policy responses to economic crises in ASEAN and the EU. Addresses three issues: the financial crisis of 1997-1998 in Southeast Asia, and the EU's financial crisis of 2008 followed by the sovereign debt crisis policy adjustment actions in both regions in the area of economic coordination and areas of mutual policy inspiration for both regions. Notes that both crises were regionally risk-intensive but that their natures were differ ...Continue Reading English 87914
Conflict and Diplomacy in the South China Sea: The View from Washington Simon, Sheldon W. Explains that disputes over sovereignty and freedom of navigation in the South China Sea involve both the claimants and major maritime powers. Discusses two starkly different approaches to the South China Sea conflict: diplomacy among the claimants either bilaterally or multilaterally if diplomacy fails, the claimants are building their militaries to assert their rights through force. Reviews the context, stakes, and claims in relation to the ...Continue Reading English 87912
Advancing a People's ASEAN Continuing Dialogue 2nd ASEAN People's Forum 5th ASEAN Civil Society Conference (2009 : Phetchaburi) Reports on the 2nd ASEAN People's Forum/5th ASEAN Civil Society Conference held in October 2009 in Cha-am, Thailand. Presents discussions that took place among different groups and individuals of the ASEAN civil society sector as well as with some government representatives, noting that these discussions focused on the four main issues of socio-economic aspects socio-cultural aspects political and security aspects and the environment. Indica ...Continue Reading Multilanguage 87810
The 2030 Architecture of Association of Southeast Asian Nations Free Trade Agreements Suthiphand Chirathivat Investigates and analyzes the present status, potential, and prospects of ASEAN free trade agreements (FTAs). Begins with a review of the historical evolution of ASEAN FTAs, capturing the achievements of the ASEAN Free Trade Agreement and the efforts meant to lead to a further step of deeper integration i.e. the realization of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) by 2015. Offers a view on how the grouping adopted an extension of ASEAN FTAs beyond ...Continue Reading English 87493
Creating an Association of Southeast Asian Nations Payment System: Policy and Regulatory Issues Tanai Khaionarong Notes that ASEAN is expected to benefit from the significant growth in the Asia-Pacific payment market. Suggests that growth in economic activity would increase the size, scale, and scope of payment transactions, which would in turn increase economic activity. Adds that this would require national payment systems to be regionalized and to operate with crossborder and multi-currency capabilities. Lists five challenges that ASEAN faces in creati ...Continue Reading English 87489
Democratic Transformation and Regional Institutions: The Case of Myanmar and ASEAN Renshaw, Catherine Shanahan Deals with Myanmar's transition to democracy after half a century of military rule. Notes that one of the key challenges faced by military regimes during this kind of transition is the problem of credible commitments . Explains that a transition will only be successful if it has the support of the political opposition and the public at large. Points out that problems of credibility and low expectations about the intention and capacity of the ...Continue Reading English 87485
Impact of India-ASEAN Free Trade Agreement: A Cross-Country Analysis Using Applied General Equilibrium Modelling Chandrima Sikdar Analyzes the impact of the India-ASEAN Free Trade Agreement (AIFTA) on India and the ASEAN members. Bases its findings on the Global Trade Analysis Project database which enabled several simulations, involving different scenarios, of India's trade liberalization with the ASEAN region. Assesses the impact of this liberalization both on the external sector and on domestic macroeconomic variables in India and ASEAN. Studies the welfare implicatio ...Continue Reading English 87475