ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community

Developing an ASEAN citizenry

The coming together of 10 countries into a single association bound by principles of non-interference and mutual respect is no easy feat. Yet, for the past 50 years, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has left critics flustered.

10 June 2018

Empowering civil society in ASEAN

As a regional association, ASEAN must avoid the pitfalls of becoming a high-minded, elitist organisation, with its inner workings confined within the hallowed hallways of the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta. As it evolves, it must adapt to the needs and demands of its constituents – the ASEAN people.This is where a strong social presence is necessary to help ensure the voices of the people are heard when the next major ASEAN masterplan or roadmap is drawn up.

20 May 2018