Advancing the Regional Commons in the New East Asia
Edited by Siriporn Wajjwalku, Kong Chong Ho and Osamu Yoshida
Advancing the Regional Commons in the New East Asia highlights a number of interests which members of ASEAN and Plus Three countries collectively recognise. This set of common interests includes not only economic development but also social development. Written by nationals in their respective countries, the different chapters in this volume highlight the different foundations for such common interests and these reflect the different constructive ways in which ASEAN and Plus Three countries come to see a multi-strand cooperative partnership.
The task of advancing the regional commons will involve efforts to recognise and nurture ASEAN’s and Plus Three’s common interests in terms of broad social development, managing regional security issues, the development of a regional infrastructure, and ensuring collective progress for all member countries. ASEAN becomes a community in 2015 and the idea of embracing, protecting, sustaining and advancing the regional commons becomes a vital process. Concurrently, APT has also realised that its contribution to the achieving goal of community and promoting regional commons is absolutely critical for both ASEAN and the Plus Three countries.
Academics will find in this volume a clear analytical treatment of issues which regional groupings are currently facing and this can provide the basis for a comparative analysis. This volume will also be of interest to students and the general public looking for a systematic introduction to the successful implementation of cooperative ventures and also an assessment of the new collaborative energies which shape this dynamic region.
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Introduction: Advancing the regional commons in the New East Asia
SIRIPORN WAJJWALKU, KONG CHONG HO AND OSAMU YOSHIDA
1. ASEAN and food security: A critical path for regional integration
2. Illicit drugs as a human security threat in East Asia
ZARINA OTHMAN AND NOR AZIZAN IDRIS
3. Regional mobility from East Asia to Southeast Asia: The case of education and retirement migration
HYUNG JUN KIM AND LENG LENG THANG
4. Transnational migration in East Asia: The evolving migration policy in South Korea and its implications
PAN SUK KIM AND HEUNG JU KIM
5. Regional cooperation in education in ASEAN and East Asia: Past, present and future
AZMI MAT AKHIR
6. ASEAN and APT regionalisation and economic development
NGUYEN HONG SON AND NGUYEN ANH THU
7. Energy security in ASEAN and ASEAN Plus Three: Cooperation through the Trans-ASEAN Gas Pipeline
8. ASEAN cooperation on marine environment
Timeline of key ASEAN milestones
Timeline of key ASEAN+3 milestones
This book is a product of cooperation among the academic members of Asean Plus Three (APT), specifically the members of the Community of East Asian Scholars. As demonstrated well in the combination of co-editors coming from Thailand, Singapore and Japan, intellectuals in the region cooperate with each other to tackle regional key issues including food security, energy security, illicit drugs, transnational migration in education and retirement, the cross-national scheme of education in the region, and ASEAN cooperation on marine environment. It will provide readers with many suggestions in prospecting the future of New East Asia in the era of APT.
Akira Suehiro, Professor of the University of Tokyo
Written by top indigenous scholars from East Asia, this book is a good antidote to one-dimensional interpretation of East Asia as a turbulent and dangerous region driven primarily by great power politics. This is a “must read” book for all who are interested in ASEAN, APT and East Asian regionalism.
Lam Peng Er, Senior Research fellow, East Asian Institute, National University of Singapore