06 November 2014
IT IS a question that may strike some as being somewhat simple: Where is Asean? However, the simplicity belies a deeper and more complex line of inquiry.
In reply, someone may simply pick up a map and point to the region designated as South-east Asia, and say, “There is where Asean is located”.
But is it? This leads us to ask: What is Asean?
Over the last few decades, the Association of South-east Asian Nations – as a multi-state pact of nation-states – has proven itself successful in many respects, from the prevention of war in South-east Asia to dealing with complex multilateral issues, ranging from cross-border pollution to the movement of Asean citizens to smuggling and terrorism.
…The writer is an associate professor at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University.
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