Chapter Summaries

In celebrating ASEAN's golden jubilee and playing its part to support the region's integration, ERIA proudly presents a five-volume commemorative publication ASEAN at 50: Retrospectives and Perspectives on the Making, Substance, Significance, and Future of ASEAN.

The publication brings the retrospectives and perspectives of key people who have been involved in the making and working of ASEAN, voices from the ASEAN peoples, and the analytical, insights, perspectives, and reflections of eminent persons and experts on the evolution, substance, and future of ASEAN.

Volume 1: The ASEAN Journey: Reflections of ASEAN Leaders and Officials

Editors: Surin Pitsuwan, Hidetoshi Nishimura, Ponciano S. Intal, Jr., Kavi Chongkittavorn, and Larry Maramis

Key figures in the making and working of ASEAN (primarily former and current ASEAN Leaders, former ASEAN Secretary-Generals and ASEAN senior officials, and key officials of ASEAN dialogue partners) give their retrospectives and insights on the making and evolution of ASEAN over the past 50 years and thoughts on the challenges and way forward for ASEAN for the future.

Volume 2: Voices of ASEAN: What Does ASEAN Mean to ASEAN Peoples?

Editors: Ponciano S. Intal, Jr. and Lydia Ruddy

This book presents and discusses the results of an ASEAN-wide public opinion survey conducted in 2016 by ERIA and research partners based in each of the 10 ASEAN Member States. The survey focused on feeling of ASEAN citizenship as well as aspirations and expectations for 2025 and beyond. The findings show significant challenges both regionally and nationally but nonetheless indicate optimism about the region's future and the potential for ASEAN as an institution.

Integrative Chapter: What Does ASEAN Mean for ASEAN Peoples?

Volume 3: ASEAN and Member States: Transformation and Integration

Editors: Ponciano S. Intal, Jr. and Lurong Chen

The ASEAN region has been drastically transformed economically during the past 50 years driven by domestic reforms, the pursuit of open regionalism, and the growth of regional production networks. The papers in this volume discuss the evolving role of ASEAN economic integration agenda in the domestic policies of ASEAN Member States as well as the contribution of autonomous liberalisation policies to ASEAN economic integration.

Country Summaries

Integrative Chapter: The Economic Transformation of the ASEAN Region

Volume 4: Building ASEAN Community: Political-Security and Socio-cultural Reflections

Editors: Aileen Baviera and Larry Maramis

Part A of this volume looks at the processes and dynamics, challenges, and opportunities of ASEAN political-security cooperation as part of the ASEAN community-building project.

Integrative Chapter

Preventing War, Building a Rules-based Order: Challenges Facing the ASEAN Political-Security Community


Southeast Asia and Continental and Maritime Powers in a Globalised World

The Evolution and Limitations of ASEAN Identity

Evolving ASEAN and the Changing Roles of the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in Southeast Asia

Imperatives for a New ASEAN Leadership: Integration, Community, and Balance

Southeast Asia's Evolution to Rules-Based Management of Intra-ASEAN Differences

ASEAN Consensus: The Intangible Heritage of Southeast Asian Diplomacy

From Comprehensive Security to Regional Resilience: Coping with Non-Traditional Security Challenges

ASEAN and the Changing Regional Order: ARF, ADMM, and ADMM-Plus

ASEAN in China's Grand Strategy

Part B examines the ASCC's progress and explores the ASEAN's role in empowering its people, stakeholders, and institutions as it leverages issues such as social technology, faces sustainable and resilient development pathways, and designs interactive processes and services that secure regional social integration based on shared cultural values.

Integrative Chapter

ASEAN's Socio-cultural Community


Leveraging on Business, Art/Culture, Technology, and Networking in Building ASEAN's Young Generation in an Integrated ASEAN

Enlarging the Space for the People: Whither Human Rights and Governance in ASEAN?

Non-state Actors' Engagement with ASEAN: Current State of Play and Way Forward

Reclaiming and Reviving Southeast Asia's Shared Histories and Geographies

ASEAN in the Asia-Pacific Century: Innovating Education and Health Services Provision for Equity and Efficiency-The Role of the Private Sector, Technology, and Regulatory Cooperation

Rice: The Tie That Binds ASEAN

Ensuring ASEAN's Sustainable and Resilient Future

Empowering Communities and Countries to Conserve Biodiversity at the National and ASEAN Levels: Status, Challenges, and Ways Forward

Wither Social Protection and Human Development in an Integrating ASEAN?

The Critical Importance of Socio-cultural Community for the Future of ASEAN

Volume 5: The ASEAN Economic Community Into 2025 and Beyond

Editors: Rebecca Sta. Maria, Shujiro Urata, and Ponciano S. Intal, Jr.

The papers in this volume elaborate on several critical policy measures for moving the AEC forward into 2025 and beyond: promotion of seamless trade facilitation, managing rising non-tariff measures, reframing trade service sector development and liberalisation, institutionalisation of good regulatory practice, enhancing connectivity and participation in global value chains, promoting innovation, and others. The papers effectively sharpen the logic and deepen the insights for the above-mentioned policy measures.

Innovation Policy in/for ASEAN

The Promises of Bank Integration in ASEAN: Is There a Catch?

A More Integrated ASEAN: Facilitating Trade in Goods

ASEAN's Regulatory Reform Imperative and Future Prospects

ASEAN: The Experiment in Open Regionalism that Succeeded

Bringing ASEAN into the Global Services Network Revolution

The Promise and Challenges of ASEAN and AEC in a Fast-Changing East Asia: AEC Blueprint as Driver of Transformation of ASEAN Member States

ASEAN at 50: Overview of the Legal Landscape

The ASEAN Economic Community Into 2025 and Beyond

Whither the ASEAN Economic Community in 2025-2035?

Building Dynamic Industrial Agglomeration in ASEAN: Connectivity to Build Up Innovative Capability

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