THAILAND-ASEAN CHAIRMANSHIP HAS MANY LIMITATIONS
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By Thitinan Pongsudhirak
The Jakarta Post-Nov 16
Just as all politics is ultimately local, all regionalism is mostly domestic. Such is the case with ASEAN. Whichever of the 10-member states chairs ASEAN, its role and performance tends to be domestically rooted. To envision and drive ASEAN forward requires deft leadership, bold ideas and smart diplomacy that must extend beyond and transcend parochial domestic concerns. No ASEAN member has shown this sort of farsighted regionalist ambition in recent years. Thailand appears on course to be no different when it chairs Asia’s most durable organization next year.
First published in: The Bangkok Post