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- Kurzbeschreibung<p>Essay from the year 2008 in the subject South Asian Studies, South-Eastern Asian Studies, grade: A-, LUISS University of Rome (LUISS University of Rome, Faculty of Social Science), 47 entries in the bibliography, language: English, abstract: The essay examines the engagement between civil society in Southeast Asia and<br>ASEAN in the ASEAN community building process. It argues that in spite of initial efforts in<br>mutual accommodation, both sides have been divided from within, which slows the<br>engagement and gives it more form than substance. The efforts by ASEAN so far will only<br>create a community of the governing elite, not a community of the people. Regional<br>community building, just like nation-building, is very much a people-centered process. It is<br>not a simple top-down chain of command and control. If ASEAN wants to establish a real<br>community, it must change its modus operandi. It must be much more than an exclusive club<br>for the governing elite by giving more space as well as power to civil society in its agendasetting<br>and decision-making. A community is much more a cognitive than material construction; it is something<br>that has to be believed in, sensed, and nurtured by the people. In Southeast Asia, the<br>Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is building an ASEAN Community, which<br>is its most far-reaching project. Yet is it possible for a regional organisation that has been<br>widely criticised by civil society for being remote to and detached from the people to<br>establish a community of caring and sharing societies by 2015 as its statements indicate? And<br>if yes, how?<br>Meanwhile, civil society has an important role to play in community building. Yet<br>civil society in Southeast Asia is weak and fragmented. It has been excluded from ASEAN's<br>decision-making process. Can civil society contribute to ASEAN community building? And<br>if yes, how?<br>This essay tries to answer these questions by looking at the engagement between</p>
- AutorThi Thu Huong Dang
- Seiten40 Seiten
- Gewicht72 g
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