Led by: Prof. Muhadi Sugiono
Institution: Universitas Gadjah Mada
Issues. This work package is concerned with ASEAN’s role in and the contributions to the region’s integration processes. It departs from the assumption that the existence of ASEAN has added a more political dimension, of integration to the region with serious implications to an integration that has already taken place on the societal level. As a political process, the integration of Southeast Asian is a product of various deliberate political decisions of the ASEAN leaders. The decision to establish the ASEAN Community has probably been the most comprehensive and ambitious decision ever taken by the ASEAN leaders. The research will address important issues related to the significance of ASEAN in the integration of Southeast Asia by asking the following questions. What can Southeast Asia’s pre-colonial experience teach us about the region’s contemporary approach to framework-building? What are the implications and/or consequences of the politically designed integration for pre-existing processes of integration? How do different forms of integration (political, economic, socio-cultural and as well security-related integration) fit one another within the ASEAN integration project of the ASEAN Community? How have ASEAN’s relations with other regions, notably other Asian countries, contributed to/hindered Southeast Asia’s security and development?
Projects. These questions will be elaborated into more specific research questions by participating researchers.
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