Opinions 2013


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

Date: 30 December 2013

Is Myanmar ready for the ASEAN Chair?

Myanmar assumes the ASEAN chairmanship in 2014. As the ASEAN Chair is expected to be the epicentre of regional action, Myanmar’s ASEAN year will thrust the country into the limelight. But is it ready? The ASC's Lead Researcher for Socio-Cultural Affairs, Moe Thuzar, assesses both sides of the readiness coin and highlights issues that will shape the contours of Myanmar’s chairmanship year in ISEAS Perspective, first published on the 30th December 2013.

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Date: 4 October 2013

Enhancing Regional and Sub-regional Co-operation and Connectivity in ASEAN

"... Despite the various ASEAN initiatives towards integration, progress needs to be accelerated further… Better connectivity within ASEAN is essential for linkages with other regions, such as East and South Asia, which will help ASEAN maintain its centrality in the evolving regional architecture...".  The ASC's Lead Researcher for Economic Affairs, Sanchita Basu Das discusses about this issue in the ISEAS Working Paper #3, October 2013.

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Date: 26 August 2013

ASEAN Defence Diplomacy and the ADMM-Plus

"ASEAN Defence Ministers are on the verge of making a crucial policy decision on whether to start regular ADMM+1 meetings with the eight dialogue partners in the ADMM-Plus process... There is concern about whether the ADMM+1 dialogue will complicate ASEAN’s policy towards each of the dialogue partners"...

The ASC's Visiting Fellow Termsak Chalermpalanupap discusses about this in ISEAS Perspective, first published on 26 August, 2013.

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Date: 14 August 2013

The EU and ASEAN - In Search of A New Regional Paradigm?

The Working Paper titled "The EU and ASEAN - In Search of A New Regional Paradigm" by Dr Yeo Lay Hwee, Director, EU Centre in Singapore, seeks to provide a comparative overview of regionalism in the EU and ASEAN, incorporates analysis of external forces and internal dynamics shaping the respective regional processes, sketches the global trends that could impact regional developments in Europe and Asia and examines whether both organisations would need a new approach or paradigm to maintain their relevance in this 21st century world.

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Twitter Q&A Session by the U.S. Ambassador to ASEAN H.E. Mr. David Carden

The U.S. Ambassador to ASEAN H.E. Mr. David Carden responses to questions related to ASEAN and his Mission's work to support ASEAN.

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Challenges in Negotiating the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement

Date: 12 August 2013

RCEP concluded its first round of negotiations, and the second round of negotiations is to be held on 24-27 September 2013 in Brisbane. The negotiations are expected to meet many economic and political obstacles. Realizing the benefits and expected outcomes will depend on addressing several challenges during the negotiation phase.

The ASC's Lead Researcher for Economic Affairs, Sanchita Basu Das discusses about the challenges in negotiating the RCEP Agreement in ISEAS Perspective, first published on the 12th August 2013.

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"Towards ASEAN Economic Community 2025!"

  Date: 8 July 2013

"...Given the changing nature of the region’s political economic landscape, ASEAN will require a new economic community vision beyond 2015. Such a new vision, suggestively called AEC 2025, needs to be based on ASEAN’s own strengths and weaknesses... The new vision needs to address cross-cutting issues such as good governance, stronger institutions, and a transparent economic score­card..."

The ASC's Lead Researcher for Economic Affairs, Sanchita Basu Das discusses about the ASEAN Economic Community 2025 in ISEAS Perspective, first published on 8th July 2013. To read the full article, please click the headline.


'No First Use of Force' in the South China Sea: Why Reinvent the Wheel?

  Date: 10 June 2013

"Southeast Asian countries have been managing existing or potential disputes in the South China Sea by relying on the principle of 'non-use of force'... A more constructive and forward-looking Code of Conduct (COC) amongst disputing parties in the South China Sea will be needed. ASEAN member states and China have started discussing this officially..." The ASC's Termsak Chalermpalanupap will discuss about this in ISEAS Perspective, first published on 10 June 2013. To read the full article, please click the headline.

 

The Trans-Pacific Partnership as a tool to contain China: myth or reality?

Date: 8 June 2013

"Where is China in the TPP negotiations? ... Given China's position in the global economy and the fact that it is not a participation of the TPP negotiations, many academics have speculated that the TPP is an economic tool for the US to contain China's rise in East Asia...". The ASC's Lead Researcher for Economic Affairs and ISEAS Fellow Sanchita Basu Das discusses this issue in her article in the East Asia Forum published on 8 June 2013. To read the full article, please click the headline.

"The rise of Chinese power and the impact on Southeast Asia"

  Date: 27 May 2013

"...The rise of China's power and influence had for a long time been regarded as beneficent in general. However, as China's power and influence begin to be expressed through military might and growing assertiveness in its maritime claims, what was once regarded in Southeast Asia as a blessing is now looked upon by many as a threat..." The Head of the ASC Rodolfo Severino discusses about the rise of Chinese power and its impact on Southeast Asia in ISEAS Perspective, first published on 27 May 2013. To read the full article, please click the headline.

"The Trans-Pacific Partnership as a tool to contain China: Myth or Reality"

  Date: 17 May 2013

The absence of China in the TPP negotiations has led to speculation that the TPP is an economic tool for the U.S. to contain China's rise in East Asia. The ASC's Lead Researcher for Economic Affairs and ISEAS Fellow Sanchita Basu Das evaluates that the evolution of TPP does not indicate any such intention and that China and the current TPP members have strong trade linkages in ISEAS Perspective, first published on 17 May 2013. To read the full article, please click the headline.

"Moving ASEAN+1 FTAs towards an effective RCEP"

  Date: 10 May 2013

 The ASC's Lead Researcher for Economic Affairs and ISEAS Fellow Sanchita Basu Das talks about moving beyond the existing ASEAN +1 FTAs with the ongoing RCEP negotiations and its significance for maintaining ASEAN Centrality in ISEAS Perspective first published 10 May 2013. To read the full article, please click the headline.

 

"APEC and ASEAN Connectivity:  Areas of Mutual Interest"

Date: 8 May 2013

The ASC's Lead Researcher for Economic Affairs and ISEAS Fellow Sanchita Basu Das and ASC Research Assistants, Catherine Rose James and Pham Thi Phuong Thao identify areas of mutual interest and collaboration between APEC and ASEAN, particularly around connectivity issues, in the latest ISEAS Perspective, published 8 May 2013.  To read the full article, please click the headline.

"Addressing Infrastructure Financing in Asia"

Date: 6 May 2013

The ASC's Lead Researcher for Economic Affairs and ISEAS Fellow Sanchita Basu Das and ASC Research Assistant, Catherine Rose James review funding options for infrastructure projects, highlighting gaps in traditional sources of finance and suggesting alternatives and recommendations, in the latest ISEAS Perspective, published 6 May 2013.  To read the full article, please click the headline.

"Promoting Asia's Infrastructure for Regional Trade and Invesment"

Date: 2 May 2013

The ASC's Lead Researcher for Economic Affairs and ISEAS Fellow Sanchita Basu Das and ASC Research Assistant, Pham Thi Phuong Thao discuss Asia's ability to sustain its growth through improvements in infrastructure, in the latest ISEAS Perspective, published 2 May 2013.  To read the full article, please click the headline.

"Achieving economic integration"

Date: 26 April 2013

"The ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) Blueprint for 2015 must get high priority." The ASC's Lead Researcher for Economic Affairs and ISEAS Fellow Sanchita Basu Das explains why in her Business Times article first published on the 26th April, 2013. To read the full article, please click the headline.

"Is Malaysia Prepared?  The ASEAN Economic Community is at hand"

Date: 19 April 2013

"South-East Asia is set to become smaller and more interconnected thanks to an ambitious economic integration plan set to become reality by the end of 2015.  The groundword has been laid, but what exactly does it all mean?  Are we ready for real ASEAN Integration?  What's in it for Malaysia?"  The ASC's Lead Researcher for Economic Affairs and ISEAS Fellow, Sanchita Basu Das addresses these questions in the April 2013 issue of Penang Monthly magazine.  To read the article, please click on the headline.

"Myanmar and the 2014 ASEAN Chairmanship"

Date: 18 March 2013

"Myanmar has not lost its knack of getting the everyone's attention.  This time, it is over the series of measures oriented towards reform, undertaken by a country that as recent as 12 months ago was known as the "problem child" of ASEAN," writes the ASC's Lead Researcher for Socio-Cultural Affairs and ISEAS Fellow, Moe Thuzar for ISEAS Perspective, first published 18 March 2013. To read the article, please click on the headline.

"The Next Decade in ASEAN-USA Economic Relations"

Date: 11 March 2013

"In November 2012, during the 21st ASEAN Summit in Phnom Penh, the United States and ASEAN agreed on a new framework for economic cooperation," writes the ASC's Lead Researcher for Economic Affairs and ISEAS Fellow, Sanchita Basu Das for ISEAS Perspective, first published 11 March 2013. To read the article, please click on the headline.

"ASEAN Chairmanship 2013 and 2014"

Date: 4 March 2013

"...many people view the 2013 and 2014 chairmanships and the future of ASEAN itself with deep pessimism.  I am, however, more sanguine than they," writes the Head of the ASEAN Studies Centre, Rodolfo Severino on 4 March 2013.  To read the article, please click on the headline.  

 

"Will ASEAN be another EU?"

Date: 14 February 2013

"I don't think ASEAN should follow EU", says the ASC's Lead Researcher for Economic Affairs, Sanchita Basu Das in an interview with CNC World on 8 February 2013.  To view the full interview, please click on the headline.  

 

"Moving towards a Code of Conduct in the South China Sea in 2013? - Part Three"

Date: 8 February 2013

In the final part of a three part special, the ASC's Termsak Chalermpalanupap asks what the ASEAN SG, Mr Le Luong Minh can do when China is not ready for any formal discussion on drafting of a COC.  To read the full article, please click on the headline.  

 

"Moving towards a Code of Conduct in the South China Sea in 2013? - Part Two"

Date: 7 February 2013

Part Two in a three part special by the ASC's Termsak Chalermpalanupap who poses the question "What can the ASEAN side do when China is not ready for any formal discussion on the drafting of a COC?" To read the full article, please click on the headline.  

 

"Debunking the "myths" about the South China Sea disputes"

Date: 7 February 2013

At an international conference in Ho Chi Minh City (18-21 November 2012) on the South China Sea, organised by Vietnam's Diplomatic Academy and Lawyers' Association, the Head of the ASC Rodolfo Severino presented a paper focusing on ten "myths" regarding the South China Sea disputes.  To read more, please click on the headline.  

 

"Moving towards a Code of Conduct in the South China Sea in 2013?"

Date: 6 February 2013

"How will Brunei Darussalam and the new ASEAN SG from Viet Nam bring any new impetus to realizing an ASEAN-China code of conduct (COC) in the South China Sea (SCS)?"   The ASC's Termsak Chalermpalanupap addresses this question in the first of a three-part special.  To read the full article, please click on the headline.  

 

"China's FDI into Southeast Asia"

Date: 31 January 2013

"According to statistics made available by China's Ministry of Commerce, Chinese investments in ASEAN jumped from US$0.12 billion to $5.9 billion between 2003 and 2011, with total accumulation reaching $22.1 billion by the end of 2011," writes Visiting Senior Research Fellow, East Asian Institute, National University of Singapore, Zhao Hong Guest Writer for ISEAS Perspective first published on 31 January 2013.  To read the full article, please click on the headline.  

 

"Challenges Facing the New ASEAN Secretary-General"

Date:  28 January 2013

"Undiplomatically speaking, the ASEAN Foreign Ministers have direct supervision over the ASEAN SG, and any of the ASEAN Leaders can sack him.  This is the political reality and institutional constraint under which every ASEAN SG has to accept and learn to live with," writes the ASC's Termsak Chalermpalanupap in his ISEAS Perspective first published on 28 January 2013.  To read the full article, please click on the headline.  

 

"ASEAN Human Rights Declaration:  Advancing the cause with realism"

Date: 18 January 2013

"This is a landmark ASEAN document that deserves to be taken - and analysed - more seriously than it has been thus far" writes the ASC Head, Rodolfo Severino in his article first published by The Straits Times on 18 January 2013.  To read the full article, please click on the headline.  

 

 

"How to multilateralise Asian regionalism"

Date: 15 January 2013

Jayant Menon, Lead Economist (Trade and Regional Cooperation) at the Asian Development Bank, discusses the "Asian noodle bowl" and two key proposals to deal with it:  "consolidation and multilateralisation" in his article for the East Asia Forum, first published on 6 January 2013.  To read the full article, please click on the headline.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

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