ASEAN Community 2015: What’s In It For the Region?
Thuzar, Moe | February 2015
As 2015 begins, discussions and speculation are increasing about the trends and achievements of regional integration under the framework of the 48-year old Association for Southeast Asian Nations or ASEAN. This is to be expected, since the date set for accomplishing a “single” ASEAN Community – 31 December 2015 – is looming near. Much of the speculation is centred on the achievement of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), and conflates the deadlines – which are the same – for AEC, and the ASEAN Community which encompasses political, economic and social cooperation. Priorities of the ASEAN Political Security Community (APSC) and the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC) do not seem to resonate as significantly as those of the AEC among the general public. This illustrates the perennial challenge that ASEAN faces in communicating regional integration objectives to wider audiences. The overwhelming focus on the economic aspect of the ASEAN Community also indicates where the impact of regional integration is mainly perceived to be felt. This paper assesses the achievements and future directions of regional integration in general in the year of ASEAN’s most celebrated signpost to date.
CitationThuzar, Moe. 2015. ASEAN Community 2015: What’s In It For the Region?. © ISEAS Yusof Ishak Institute. http://hdl.handle.net/11540/10987.
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