ASEAN Concord II: Policy prospects for participant regional development

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With the ASEAN Concord II in late 2003, Southeast Asia charted an ambitious path towards creating a Community founded on economic, security and socio-cultural "pillars ". But the A SEAN agenda remains highly voluntaristic, though there has been some progress in shaping an A SEAN Economic Community agenda, in part driven by strong Singapore an and Thai interests. This apparent "policy gap" can be viewed as a strategic ambiguity that will allow member states to engage in the Community at their own level of capability, either via a two-tier approach of differential integration or via a notion of creative exemption. Current debates on human security and the meaning of development are two related areas which could be utilized to strengthen the ASEAN dynamic. A genuinely inclusive developmental strategy that would create a sustainable A SEAN socio-cultural community, backed by extended models of economic regionalism and a comprehensive security order, have yet to be devised. These are the missing foundations of ASEAN's Concord H. Nevertheless, the lengthy period for implementation of Concord II as a whole (2020) indicates a realistic assessment of the challenges involved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)393-415
Number of pages23
JournalContemporary Southeast Asia
Volume26
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2004

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ASEAN Concord II : Policy prospects for participant regional development. / Ferguson, R. James.

In: Contemporary Southeast Asia, Vol. 26, No. 3, 2004, p. 393-415.

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