Not just another book on ASEAN, this volume reappraises the organization from the inside, through controversial or perplexing issues such as the ""ASEAN Way"", the accession of the new members, including Myanmar, the principle of ""non-interference"", regional security, regional economic integration, the haze and SARS, and ASEAN's future. Written by a key player, the former ASEAN Secretary-General, this book will illuminate the inner workings of the key Southeast Asian regional institution. It is a must-read for journalists, policy-makers, political scientists and others who need an insiders' view on how ASEAN has evolved, how it operates and whether it will remain relevant in the evolving Asia Pacific and global order.
Preliminary pages with Foreword by Tommy Koh; 1. The "ASEAN Way": Its Nature and Origins; 2. Who Belongs in ASEAN? The Question of Membership; 3. The Issue of Non-Interference; 4. Regional Security: The ASEAN Role; 5. Integrating the Regional Economy; 6. ASEAN and the World; 7. The ASEAN Community: Is It for Real?; 8. What Kind of Future for ASEAN?