ASEAN at 40: Prospects for Community Building in Southeast Asia

Morada, Noel M. (2008) ASEAN at 40: Prospects for Community Building in Southeast Asia. Asia - Pacific Review, 15 1: 36-55. doi:10.1080/13439000802134043

Author Morada, Noel M.
Title ASEAN at 40: Prospects for Community Building in Southeast Asia
Journal name Asia - Pacific Review   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1343-9006
Publication date 2008
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/13439000802134043
Volume 15
Issue 1
Start page 36
End page 55
Total pages 10
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Formatted abstract
In 2007, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations attempted to celebrate its 40th founding anniversary with a bang as it was about to set another milestone, which is the signing of the ASEAN Charter. However, the celebration was overshadowed by the political crisis in Myanmar following the military's crackdown on protesting monks and their democratic supporters. The inability of ASEAN to influence events in that country became the focus of public attention in the region and the international community. Even the much-vaunted milestone of finally having an ASEAN Charter was a major disappointment for many in Southeast Asia as the final document signed by ASEAN leaders was everything but bold, forward-looking, and transformative. It became an object of criticism mainly by some think tanks and civil society groups in the region because it paled in comparison to the recommendations of the Eminent Persons Group that drafted the blueprint of what the ASEAN Charter should look like.

This article describes the major milestones and turning points of ASEAN's regionalism project over the last forty years. It also attempts to identify the major issues and challenges to ASEAN's community building efforts in the future. The main argument of this article is that ASEAN's continuing relevance to the people of the region can be ensured only if it seriously opens up to greater participatory regionalism. Only then can ASEAN be transformed into a truly people-centered organization.
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