Southeast Asia: No Longer Peripheral to Global Events

  • Kee Beng Ooi


With the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Southeast Asia found a vehicle through which it can maintain some mastery over its own fate, seeing how its historical peripheral role is now a thing of the past. What this also means is that strategic thinking in the region can no longer be as leisurely done as it once could be. Events move faster now, and a multipolar world means more competition. The region has therefore to adapt to the pace of others, while its pluralistic nature can be a heavy burden if not handled well. ASEAN has evolved over time a deeper sense of purpose. Making regional goals overlap with national interests and with those of global powers is how ASEAN aims to develop.


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  • Kee Beng Ooi
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  1. 1.Executive Director of Penang InstitutePenangMalaysia

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