Experts Say

Time for Asean to play a role

New Straits Times
October 12, 2017
By Richard Javad Heydarian

ASEAN has often come under criticism for its supposed muted response to major crises in its own backyard. From the Rohingya humanitarian crisis in Myanmar to the brewing maritime disputes in the South China Sea, the regional body has struggled to muster a robust response. Yet, the Korean Peninsula presents Asean a unique opportunity for redemption. As the purported driver of pan-regional integration in East Asia, the regional organisation provides a unique platform for reviving dialogue and peaceful negotiations among disputing parties.
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