Publication News: So Close, but Yet So Far: Public Perceptions of ASEAN

2016-08-17

Publication News: So Close, but Yet So Far: Public Perceptions of ASEAN

Summary

ASEAN’s  announcement  of  a  ASEAN  Community  in  December 2015  marked  an  important  milestone  in the  regional  organization’s nearly  50-year  history. Under  the  three  pillars  of  political,  economic and socio-cultural ties, ASEAN projects the idea of “One Vision, One Identity,  One  Community.” These  aims  of  bringing  people  together, strengthening  economic  ties  and  enhancing  security and  prosperity are  taking  on  new  heights,  as  the  organization  works  towards  a future  of  shared  well-being.  A  key  element  in  the  success  of  these  goals  lies  with  citizens  views  of  ASEAN,  its  public  perceptions.  To build  community,  ASEAN  needs  the  public  to  feel  connected  to  the organization and its activities. Recent lessons in Europe surrounding the  Brexit  vote  reaffirm  the  importance  of  public  connectivity  to  regional organizations.

This edition of ASEAN Brief--which can be download here--is the contribution of Bridget Welsh (Senior Associate  Fellow  of  The  Habibie Center/Senior  Research  Associate  at  the Center for East Asia Democratic Studies at the National Taiwan University and University Fellow at Charles Darwin University) and Kai-Ping Huang (post-doc at Center for East Asia Democratic Studies at the National Taiwan University).

 

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