Opinions 2012


The Centre for ASEAN Studies posts on its Website opinions related to ASEAN by persons affiliated with ISEAS or its Centre for ASEAN Studies and also by others. The opinions expressed are their own and not necessarily those of ISEAS or the Centre.

 

Opinions

"ASEAN in Paradox"

Date: 21 December 2012

The ASC's Sanchita Basu Das, Lead Researcher for Economic Affairs and Dr Termsak Chalermpalanupap, Lead Researcher for Political and Security Affairs assess ASEAN's progress towards its strategic goals. To read the full article, please click on the headline.   

 

"Achievements of the 21st ASEAN Summit"

Date: 20 December 2012

Guest Writer for ISEAS Perspective, Tommy Koh highlights the achievements of the 21st ASEAN Summit.  To read the full article, please click on the headline.   

 

"The United States and ASEAN"

Date: 3 December 2012

Head of the ASC' Rodolfo Severino assesses the US' "re-balancing approach to world affairs" in his article first published by the East Asia Forum on 30 November 2012.  To read the full article, please click on the headline.   

 

"Time for higher level ASEAN-India relations"

Date: 27 November 2012

The ASC's Sanchita Basu Das writes that "As the Indian economy continues to grow and ASEAN continues with its economic integration, the opportunities for ASEAN and India for mutually beneficial economic cooperation are likely to multiply", in her article first published by The Business Times on 27 November 2012.  To read the full article, please click on the headline.   

 

"Focus on connectivity at ASEAN meet"

Date: 15 November 2012

The ASC's Sanchita Basu Das writes that "Enhancing connectivity is crucial to meeting ASEAN's goal of establishing an ASEAN Economic Community by 2015", in her article first published in the Editorial & Opinion section of The Business Times on 15 November 2012.  To read the full article, please click on the headline.   

 

"What to expect at the upcoming 21st ASEAN Summit"

Date: 6 November 2012

The ASC's Dr Termsak Chalermpalanupap reviews what to expect from the 21st ASEAN Summit in his article first published by ISEAS Perspective on 6 Novembe 2012.  To read extracts of the article, please click on the headline.   

 

"Cambodia's EAS Carrot:  Incentives for a Successful Summit"

Date: 6 November 2012

The Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington D.C.'s Gergory Poling and Alexandra Sander discuss Cambodia's role as Chair of ASEAN at the upcoming ASEAN Summit and seventh East Asia Summit in their article first published by CSIS' PacNet Newsletter on 1 November 2012.  To read extracts of the article, please click on the headline.   

 

"Multilateral Matters:  Special Policy Report on Northeast Asian Regionalism"

Date: 16 October 2012

Rodolfo C Severino, head of the ASEAN Studies Centre, ISEAS participated at a workshop organised by the RSIS Centre for Multilateralism Studies on the theme 'Is Northeast Asian Regionalism the Centre for East Asian Regionalism?' on 6 July 2012.  For some of his observations during the workshop, please click on the headline.   

 

"Achieving an ASEAN Economic Community by 2015?"

Date: 12 October 2012

"ASEAN Leaders have repeatedly shown their political will to build an ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) by 2015.  They adopted the ASEAN Charter and AEC Blueprint in 2007 and adopted the Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity (MPAC) in 2010.  However, it is highly unlikely that ASEAN can achieve its target of buidling an AEC by 2015.  On the contrary, it needs to be seen as an on-going process..."  The ASC's Lead Researcher for Economic Affairs, Sanchita Basu Das in her article first published by ISEAS Perspectives on 11 October 2012, looks at ASEAN's achievements anc challeneges in terms of meeting its goals by 2015.  To read the full article, please click on the headline.      

 

"ASEAN and the European Union:  Lessons in Integration"

Date: 8 October 2012

"The European Union (EU) is arguably the primary dialogue partner of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)."  The ASC's Lead Researcher for Socio-Cultural Affairs, Moe Thuzar in her article first published by e-International Relations on 7 October 2012, discusses the lessons that ASEAN can learn from the EU experience.  To read the full article, please click on the headline.      

 

"Indonesia seeks active role in sea disputes"

Date: 20 September 2012

"Indonesia is not a claimant to any part, land or water, of Xisha, Nansha, Zhongsha or to any other portion what is generally known as the South China Sea.  However, it is keenly interested in the South China Sea disputes for two reasons."  Head of the ASC, Rodolfo Severino provides the reasons in his article first published by China's Global Times on 20 September 2012.  To read the full article, please click on the headline.      

 

"South China Sea Disputes:  Reflecting China's Evolving Political System?"

Date: 13 September 2012

"China's increasing assertiveness in the South China Sea (SCS) underscores its evolving political systemand leadership.  China's strategic approach to the SCS disputes has wider geopolitical ramifications",  writes Victor R Savage, Associate Professor, Department of Geography, National University of Singapore in his commentary first published by the S Rajaratnam School of International Studies on 13 September 2012. To read the full article, please click on the headline.      

 

"ASEAN:  Useless Body, Superpower or Somewhere in Between?"

Date: 11 September 2012

"Say 'ASEAN' and South-east Asians are likely to know of their main regional organisation.  But this good recall does not always mean they understand how ASEAN really works, its kind of regionalism, or how this relates to their governments' policies or their daily lives",  writes Johanna Son, Regional Director of IPS Asia-Pacific in her article of 5 September 2012.  To read the full article, please click on the headline.      

 

"Will ASEAN step up to try to bridge Japan-China Rift?"

Date: 7 September 2012

"In light of the Sino-Japanese conflict, ASEAN's role and responses have appeared to be constrained by its intimate relations with both powers,"  writes ISEAS' Associate Fellow and Associate Professor at Kyoto University's Centre for Southeast Asian Studies Pavin Chachavalpongpun in his article first published by The Japan Times on 7 September 2012.  To read the full article, please click on the headline.      

 

"Is Burma Ready to Address Pressing Regional Issues?"

Date: 29 August 2012

"Burma has in recent years undergone a series of seemingly serious political reforms.  While much attention has been overwhelmingly paid to domestic challenges, little has been discussed on how Burma would reposition itself in the changing context of Southeast Asia, particularly as the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) will establish a community in 2015,"  writes ISEAS' Associate Fellow and Associate Professor at Kyoto University's Centre for Southeast Asian Studies Pavin Chachavalpongpun in his article first published by the Democratic Voice of Burma on 29 August 2012.  To read the full article, please click on the headline.      

 

"RCEP:  Going Beyond ASEAN+1 FTAs"

Date: 17 August 2012

"During the 21st ASEAN Summit in November 2012, Asia is going to see yet another regional arrangement called Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), the framework of which was endorsed by the Leaders at the 19th ASEAN Summit in November 2011."  In the latest ISEAS Perspective published on 17 August 2012, the ASC's Lead Researcher for Economic Affairs, Sanchita Basu Das discusses the relevance of RCEP for ASEAN and the factors critical for its success.  To read the full article, please click on the headline.      

 

"ASEAN at 45:  Still Unsettled over China"

Date: 10 August 2012

"The failure to deal with the South China Sea conflict demonstrates Asean's inherent weakness," writes ISEAS Assoicate Fellow and Kyoto University's Southeast Asia Centre's Associate Professor Pavin Chachavalpongpun in his article first published by Singapore's The Straits Times on 10 August 2012.  To read the full article, please click on the headline.      

 

"ASEAN at 45"

Date: 8 August 2012

"There are two important points for ASEAN to ponder as it celebrates its 45th anniversary", writes the ASC's Lead Researcher for Socio-Cultural Affairs, Moe Thuzar.  To read the full article, please click on the headline.      

 

"ASEAN's agenda wider than isles dispute"

Date: 8 August 2012

"As China and four ASEAN member states assert overlapping claims, can ASEAN effectively resolve the issue?"  Chairman of the Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA) and Associate Professor National University Faculty of Law Simon Tay poses this question and others in his article first published on 2 August 2012 by Singapore's Today newspaper.  To read the full article, please click on the headline.      

 

"ASEAN:  Expectations, Myths and Facts"

Date: 3 August 2012

"The knowledge that many of us in Southeast Asia possess on ASEAN is based largely on myths proffered by non-Southeast Asians.  Even media in Southeast Asia come to depend on them."  ASC Head Rod Severino clarified three "myths" that about ASEAN at the "Reporting Development in ASEAN" writers' workshop on 26-27 June 2012, jointly organised by IPS Asia-Pacific, ISEAS and and the ASC, with the support of IDRC Canada.  To read more, please click the headline.    

 

"Troop pullout bodes well for ASEAN spirit"

Date: 27 July 2012

"...the latest positive development in the Thai-Cambodian conflict could be a sign that the ASEAN spirt - many wondered whether it had vanished in Phnom Penh - should not be too hastily discounted," writes Pavin Chachavalpongpun, Associate Fellow with the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore and Associate Professor at Kyoto University's Centre for Southeast Asian Studies, in his article published in Singapore's Today newspaper on Friday 27 July 2012.  To access the full article, please click on the headline.    

 

"ASEAN Stumbles in Phnom Penh"

Date: 19 July 2012

"Never in 45 years of regular meetings faithfully followed by bland communiques have the foreign ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) failed to agree on a statement for public consumption summarising their private deliberations.  Not, that is, until now," writes Don Emmerson, head of the Southeast Asia Forum at Standford University in his article from PacNet#45, published on Thursday 19 July 2012.  To access excerpts from the article, please click on the headline.    

 

"Clinton, the ARF, and the U.S. "Rebalance" to Asia"

Date: 12 July 2012

"The 19th ARF hosted, hosted by ASEAN chair Cambodia, will likely witness discussions and developments related to hot button issues in the region ranging from tensiones in the South China Sea to concerns about nuclear proliferation," write Ernest Z Bower and Prashanth Parameswaran of the Centre for Strategic and International Studies in their article of 9 July 2012.  To access excerpts from the 'critical questions' they pose and answer, please click on the headline.    

 

"ASEAN Nations Become More Integrated"

Date: 9 July 2012

"...the integration of Southeast Asia has taken on a life of its own.  It more closely resembles the European Economic Community, an early predecessor to the European Union, than it does the current European bloc," writes New York Times journalist, Thomas Fuller in his article first published by the NYT on 5 July 2012, entitled "Wary Southeast Asian Neighbours Turn Into Partners in a Quickly Developing Southeast Asia".  To access the full article, please click on the headline.    

 

"What are the Challenges to ASEAN that could lead to the Possibility of Remaking the ASEAN Way?"

Date: 29 June 2012

Please click on the headline to view a summary of two presentations given by ASEAN Studies Centre Head, Rodolfo C Severino to the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy of the National University of Singapore on 18 June 2012 and at the Global Youth Convention on 20 June 2012.    

 

"If the World is a Stage, is Europe a Background Actor?"

Date: 8 June 2012

"The foundations of an EU strategy for the region were laid in 2007 when the Council published the East Asia policy guidelines.  A revision of the document has been on the EU agenda for some time but a final agreement on the outcome has yet to be reached, which leaves the club of 27 with policy prescriptions that are often outdated", write Patryk Pawlak and Eleni Ekmektsioglou of the EU Institute for Security Studies, in their article first pubslished by PacNet #36, Pacific Forum, Center for Strategic & International Studies, 8 June 2012.  For more excerpts from the the full article, please click on the headline.  

 

"The Vexing Strategic Tug-of-War over Naypyidaw:  ASEAN's View of the Sino-Burmese Ties"

Date: 8 June 2012

"...ASEAN's policy toward Myanmar has been predominantly responsive, dictated by China's activism in the region", argues ISEAS Associate Fellow, Pavin Chachavalpongpun in his article first published by the Journal of Current Southeast Asian Affairs, 31, 1, 97-114, GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies, Institute of Asian Studies and Hamburg University Press, 5 April 2012.  For the full article, please click on the headline.  

 

"A critical look at the ASEAN Economic Community Scorecard"

Date: 1 June 2012

"The (AEC) Scorecard outlines specific actions that must be undertaken by ASEAN collectively and by its member states individually to establish an AEC by 2015. But how effective is this scorecard?  Does it provide incentives for improvement?", asks Sanchita Basu Das in her article first published by the East Asia Forum on 1 June 2012.  For the full article, please click on the headline.  

 

"Advancing the National Interests of the United States:  Ratification of the Law of the Sea"

Date: 25 May 2012

"The credibility of the United States in the Asia Pacific is at stake on a decision whether to ratify the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea", write Ernest Bower, Senior Adviser & Director, and Gregory Poling, Research Assistant, Southeast Asia Program, Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), in their article first published on 25 May 2012 by CSIS.  Please click on the headline for excerpts from the article.

 

"Horizon Scanning for Development in Southeast Asia"

Date: 18 May 2012

ISEAS Associate Fellow, Dr Pavin Chachavalpongpun provides his insights on the futre of ASEAN in his interview with Dr Pun-Arj Chairatana, Managing Director of Noviscape Consulting Group, posted on Trendnovation Asia, 18 May 2012.  To access the full transcript of the interview, please access the following link:  

http://trendsoutheast.org/2011/uncategorized/dr-pavin-chachavalpongpun/

"Monetary Integration in ASEAN+3: The Next Steps"

Date: 15 May 2012

"The ASEAN+3 has taken a number of significant steps recently to further deepen monetary integration.  The next steps should be to introduce a regional weighted currency basket and expand membership ", writes Dr Pradumna B Rana, Associate Professor, Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University in his article first published by RSIS on 15 May 2012.  For the full article, please click on the headline.

 

"ASEAN: a united front to tackle the South China Sea issue"

Date: 13 May 2012

"ASEAN must manage its inherent differences quietly and develop the code of conduct to correspond with international legal norms", writes Sanchita Basu Das, Lead Research, Economic Affairs, ASEAN Studies Centre at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies in her article first published in the East Asia Forum on 13 May 2012.  For the full article, please click on the following link: 

 

"On the record:  Myanmar Special"

Date: 1 May 2012

"I think the real concern is how Myanmar will chair ASEAN in 2014", says Pavin Chachavalpongpun, Associate Fellow at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies in his interview with Southeast Asian Globe on Myanmar's latest politcial developments, posted on 1 May 2012.  For the full interview, please click on the following link: 

"Burma Rediscovers its Voice in Global Affairs"

Date: 27 April 2012

"ASEAN, (too), has responded well to Burma's newfound confidence", writes Pavin Chachavalpongpun, associtae professor at Kyoto University's Centre for Southeast Asian Studies in his article first published by The South China Morning Post on 27 April 2012.    For the full article, please click on the headline.  

"Cambodia hosts first ASEAN summit for 2012"

Date: 27 April 2012

"Earlier this April, the leaders of the 10 ASEAN states came together in Phnom Penh for the first of two annual summits for 2012."  Mr Rodolfo C Severino, Head, ASEAN Studies Centre (ASC) at the Insitute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS) gives his thoughts and analysis on the summit. To access the full article, which was first published by the East Asia Forum on 27 April 2012, please click the headline.    

 "Is Myanmar Asia's most untapped market?"

 Date: 23 April 2012

Moe Thuzar, Lead Researcher (Socio-Cultural Affairs), ASEAN Studies Centre, ISEAS, appeared on Channel News Asia's "Think Tank" segment discussing how Myanmar can build capacity through relations with ASEAN neighbours.  To view the full segement, please click here: 

http://www2.channelnewsasia.com/perspectives/video/is-myanmar-asias-most-untapped-market/?pageid=249

"ASEAN needs to expedite economic integration"

Date: 10 April 2012

"Time not on its side and regional grouping needs to work in key areas", says ASC's Sanchita Basu Das in her article first published on 10 April 2012 by The Business Times.  Please click on the headline for the full article.     

"ASEAN Summit"

Date: 4 April 2012

Sanchita Basu Das, Lead Researcher (Economic Affairs), ASEAN Studies Centre, ISEAS, appeared on Channel News Asia's "Think Tank" segment following the ASEAN Summit in Cambodia.  To view the clip, please click this link: 

http://www2.channelnewsasia.com/perspectives/video/asean-summit/?pageid=249

"Thailand set to profit from Burma's new Dawei port project"

Date: 24 February 2012

In his article, the ASC's Lead Researcher on Political & Security Affairs, Pavin Chachavalpongpun says that the Dawei project "is likely to transform Thailand into a major transport hub within the East-West Economic Corridor".  To access the full article, which was first published by the East Asia Forum on 24 February 2012, please click the headline.    

"Isolated State Keen to Open Doors to Investors"

Date: 13 January 2012

Pavin Chachavalpongpun says massive port project may herald new prosperity in Myanmar in his article first published in the South China Morning Post on Friday 13 January 2012.  To access the full article, please click the

headline.

"Socio-economic reforms better Myanmar outlook"

Date: 13 January 2012

"Myanmar saw a series of positive changes in 2011.  President Thein Sein embarked on a several political and social reforms to make Myanmar more liberal and transparent to the international community", writes Sanchita Basu Das for the Business Times, first published on 13 January 2012.  For the full article, please click on the headline.