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Still in the Drivers Seat , But for How Long?: ASEAN's Capacity for Leadership in East-Asian International Relations Jones, Lee Evaluates the capacity of the ASEAN to moderate great-power relations in East Asia, especially in light of recent regional developments that have challenged ASEAN's traditional modus operandi and its corporate cohesion. Argues that the capacity emerges not from institutional arrangements but rather the social relationships that give rise to particular institutions. Explores the relationships among regional great powers. Presents the relationsh ...Continue Reading English 87273
Does AFTA Create More Trade for Thailand?: An Investigation of Some Key Trade Indicators Piriya Pholphirul Examines whether the ASEAN Free Trade Agreement (AFTA) creates trade for Thailand or actually diverts it away from the country. Analyzes various trade indicators such as the Export Similarity Index, the Intra-Industry Trade Index, and Revealed Comparative Advantage rank correlation. Studies the patterns of trade between Thailand and other members of ASEAN. Explains the reasons of future collaboration among member countries and supportive argume ...Continue Reading English 87266
Conference Report: The 26th Asia-Pacific Roundtable on Asian Security Governance and Order 28-30 May 2012, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Asia-pacific Roundtable on Asian Security Governance and Order (26th : 2012 : Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) Reports the 26th Asia-Pacific Roundtable in 2012. Reviews Asian security which has gone through significant change over time. Discusses the involvement of big power countries and presents current regional security order involving the rise of China, the US and the implication of both for Sino-US relations. Considers the South China Sea issues as regional security which ASEAN takes role to find solution with China. Introduces roles of middle po ...Continue Reading English 87265
Indonesian Perceptions and Attitudes toward the ASEAN Community Benny, Guido Analyzes to what extent the Indonesian public understands and perceives the proposed regional community idea. Introduces methodology and samples based on surveys to assess Indonesian's public opinion in five major cities between June and December 2009. Discusses public awareness, understanding and perceived achievement of ASEAN. Presents public knowledge and perception about the formation process of the ASEAN Community. Discusses Indonesian p ...Continue Reading English 87254
Broadening the Investor Base for Local Currency Bonds in ASEAN+2 Countries Examines the expansion of the investor base for local currency bonds in ASEAN, the People's Republic of China, and the Republic of Korea. Gives an overview of the current state of local currency bond markets in ASEAN+2 (China and South Korea) economics in term of size, growth rates, liquidity, and development of the government yield curve. Studies the domestic institutional investor base in ASEAN+2 economies, with particular attention on banks, ...Continue Reading English 87245
ASEAN Economic Bulletin Consists of three research articles and two research notes concerning economy in ASEAN. Examines the impact of foreign direct investment (FDI) on wages paid by domestic private firms in Vietnam. Describes the export tax policy on crude palm oil (CPO) imposed by the Indonesian government and analyzes the effect of the export tax on Indonesian's CPO export competitiveness compared with Malaysia, the main competitor. Studies the existence of a cau ...Continue Reading English 87219
ASEAN and Human Rights Norms: Constructivism, Rational Choice, and the Action-Identity Gap Davies, Mathew Argues that an alternative, rational choice, framework for appraising norms within ASEAN offers greater explanatory insight into how and why human rights emerged into ASEAN after 1997. Examines the history of academic interest about norms within ASEAN and describes when the constructivist perspective came to dominate. Presents the action-identity gap that has emerged surrounding human rights norms, paying attention to the motives of ASEAN in eng ...Continue Reading English 87093
Promoting Diplomatic or Cosmopolitan Culture?: Interrogating ASEAN-Focused Communication Initiatives Quayle, Linda Examines a range of regional communication initiatives from cartoons and computer games to Facebook communities and curriculum by using the diplomatic/cosmopolitan dyad. Analyzes key concepts of international society, cosmopolitan culture, and identity expanding on the communicational goals of the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC). Considers a variety of specific attempts to familiarize the citizens of Southeast Asian with what ASEAN has to ...Continue Reading English 87049
Same Bed, Different Dreams: Prospects and Challenges for ASEAN+'X' Forums Min Gyo Koo Explores the prospects and challenges for ASEAN+ X forums: ASEAN+1, +3, +8 (or the East Asian Summit). Examines the U.S.'s new appetite for Asia-Pacific minilateralism centered on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), and the Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific (FTAAP). Reviews the security-embedded economic relations during the Cold War period under the U.S. hegemonic leadership and explains East Asia's responses to the de-securitization of U. ...Continue Reading English 87039
The Impact of AFTA on Intra-AFTA Trade Okabe, Misa Examines the impact of trade liberalization under AFTA on intra-ASEAN trade. Measures the changing patterns of intra-regional trade in ASEAN from the 1980s to 2010 by using regional data at both aggregated and disaggregated levels. Conducts regression analysis by applying a gravity model to bilateral trade flows. Reviews the process and the current status of the tariff eliminations under the CEPT Schemes for AFTA. Examines the impact of the e ...Continue Reading English 87031
Networked Knowledge(s)?: Forest Certification and the Politics of Expertise in Malaysia Lewis, Robin Anne Presents conceptual framework for the study related to globalization and the environment, certification geographies, and science and technology studies. Studies project's methodology by adopting a multi-method approach that takes an interactive approach to data collection and analysis, culminating in an institutional ethnography of the Malaysian Timber Certification Scheme (MTCS) government system. Discusses the evolution and operation of the M ...Continue Reading English 87016
A CGE study of Economic Impact of Accession of Hong Kong to ASEAN-China Free Trade Agreement Itakura, Ken Evaluates economic effects of Hong Kong's accession to the ASEAN-China FTA (HK-ACFTA) by implementing tariff elimination, logistics enhancement, and reduction in service trade barriers.Presents economic impacts of HK-ACFTA based on four potential policy scenarios. Discusses the methodology employed in this study to assess potential economic effects of HK-ACFTA by using a global computable general equilibrium (CGE) model of international trade. ...Continue Reading English 87011
The Synchronisation of ASEAN-5 Stock Markets With the Growth Rate Cycles of Selected Emerging and Developed Economics Kee Tuan Teng Investigates the changing direction and degree of financial integration of the emerging economies in China, India, and ASEAN-5 (Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand). Compares to the developed economies, the US and Japan in a time-varying framework. Examines the background of the selected markets in which the table of financial status of ASEAN-5 is included. Studies the interrelation between financial markets and economic ...Continue Reading English 87005
Assessing the Progress of Services Liberalization in the ASEAN-China Free Trade Area (ACFTA) Fukunaga, Yoshifumi Evaluates the success of progressive services liberalization under the ASEAN China FTA (ACFTA). Examines the achievements of services liberalization in the ACFTA by applying the Hoekman Index, and explains the research methodology. Discusses GATS-minus aspects in the ACFTA commitments. Explains the level of commitments in the ACFTA 2nd Package, and analyzes the additional liberalization of the 2nd Package in comparison with the 1st Package and ...Continue Reading English 87003
The Road to ASEAN Financial Integration: A Combined Study on Assessing the Financial Landscape and Formulating Milestones for Monetary and Financial Integration in ASEAN Reviews economic growth and structural change, and financial landscape in the region with introduction of ASEAN vision. Investigates prevailing conditions below the threshold levels in some ASEAN member states. Studies market shares of domestic and foreign-based bank, covering ASEAN-based and non-ASEAN-based banks. Identifies benefits, barriers and risks of baking market integration with proposed strategy for banking industry integration. Stud ...Continue Reading English 86986
Same but Different? : Comparing the ASEAN and SAARC Frameworks Syeda Sana Rahman Compares ASEAN's ability to manage inter-state conflicts in Southeast Asia to the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation's (SAARC) ability to deal with inter-state conflicts in South Asia. Examines ASEAN's establishment and growth during the Cold War and its expansion in the post-Cold War era. Discusses the first phase of SAARC's existence and its challenges of bilateral tensions among its member states. Presents the disability of SA ...Continue Reading English 86984
Human Security and the ASEAN Charter: Perspectives and Challenges Kasira Cheeppensook Studies the relevance of the concept of human security in ASEAN within the context of the development of the ASEAN Charter. Discusses the meaning of 'human security' and compares it with the meaning of human security given by the United Nations and its organs. Identifies the role of various sectors and their respective influence on the final outcome of the Charter. Presents responsibilities of Eminent Persons Group (EPG) in drafting the ASEAN ...Continue Reading English 86980
The China Plus One Strategy : A Signal of the Next Step of China's Economic Development Nellan, Amrietha Discusses the economic growth of China which needs strategy, China plus one strategy, to maintain this economic growth by instigating a new direction of the Chinese economy away from low-end manufacturing into high-end manufacturing and services. Reviews background of the 'China plus one strategy'. Presents the strategy concerning China's commitments to expand its cooperation with WTO and ASEAN. Studies the involvement of Chinese government in ...Continue Reading English 86979
Narrowing the Development Gap: Policy Recommendations for ASEAN and Development Partners Carpenter, David Outlines policy recommendations and activities that ASEAN should give priorities in order to narrow the development gap between the ASEAN-6 and CLMV countries (Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, and Vietnam). Introduces eight drivers of the development gap in ASEAN such as physical capital, openness to trade, human capital, financial sector's development, governance, labor mobility, foreign direct investment and external development finance. Suggests ...Continue Reading English 86977
Regional Development Cooperation and Narrowing the Development Gap in ASEAN Carpenter, David Identifies Regional Development Cooperation (RDC) activities that can contribute to a narrowing of the development gap in complementarity with bilateral and multilateral initiatives. Gives an overview of a complex landscape of development actors working with bilateral, multilateral level with low-income ASEAN members, particularly CLMV countries (Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, and Vietnam) that traditionally depend on OECD-DAC donors and Southern d ...Continue Reading English 86976