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1. FTAs: BUILDING BLOCKS FOR INTEGRATION
October - December 2007
Interview with Mr. Dian Triansyah Djani, Director General for ASEAN Cooperation, Department of Foreign Affairs, Indonesia

2. HAS THE US DOWNPLAYED ITS PRESENCE IN ASEAN?
January - March 2008
Scot Marciel, the United States’ deputy assistant-secretary for East Asia and the Pacific

3. CREATING ASEAN IDENTITY THE CHEERLEADER’S 100 DAYS IN OFFICE
April - June 2008
Pascal Kerneis, Managing Director of the European Services Forum

4. WHAT HAPPENS WHEN ASEAN TURNS 41?
July - September 2008
- Off the menu : Skits and Stage Acts
- For Fear of Irrelevance
- Asean’s Human Rights Brush-up
- A Windfall for the Junta

5. BUILDING A LEGAL BASIS FOR ASEAN Exclusive Interview
November - December 2008
Scot Marciel, U.S. Ambassador to Asean.Asean’s first ever envoy among the key trade partners recaps the experience in the region and argues why Asean has been and will be an important partner for the U.S.

6. A GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY
January - February 2009
The business investment summit to be held alongside the Asean Summit is expected to bring initiatives to mitigate global crisis impact on the private sector and identify opportunities amidst the challenges, said Arin Jira, chairman of the Asean Business Advisory Council.

7. GETTING THAILAND BACK ON ITS FEET
March - April 2009
Challenges await the new prime minister. And Abhisit needs to work hard and fast to revive the economy and keep strifeprone politics under control. Will he be able to pull it off ? (Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajia)

8. POST ASEAN SUMMIT: PRIVATE SECTOR’S PERSPECTIVE
May -June 2009
From constructive criticism to outright disappointment - widely varied feedback given by private business in the region provide valuable food for thought for fellow Asean investors and policy-makers as well.

9. SHIFTING THE FOCUS BACK ON THE REGION
July - August 2009
The current crisis is teaching Asean, ‘taken hostage by the markets in the West’, to rethink and restructure their business models to build products that are more suitable to supply domestic markets. Speakers at the recent Asean Leadership Forum in Bangkok may be signalling the rise of regionalism.

10. ASEAN ECONOMIC COMMUNITY IS THE BLOC READY?
September - October 2009
Asean has kept its integration scheduled for 2015. Yet the trade bloc and its member governments need to ensure the complaints and concerns are addressed, necessary readjustments made, and take into account the expectations on the part of non-Asean investors and trade partners.

11. MUCH ADO ABOUT AICHR
November - December 2009
The Asean Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights, or AICHR, came into existence at the 15th Summit in Cha-Am. Don’t try to follow the adage: Watch what they do, not what they say. For Asean, ‘looks’ still matter when it comes to the subject of human rights.

12. SIZE MATTERS FOR ASEAN
January - February 2010
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) entered the year 2010 with the
launches of multiple FTAs as the first of the five year countdown to the Asean Economic
Community, or the single market, in 2015 started.

13. IS THE SINGLE MARKET DRIVE ON TRACK?
March - April 2010
After the simultaneous launch of free trade deals with China, India, Australia and New Zealand along with its own – Afta - in January this year, Asean seems to be highly distracted by the United States and the European Union renewing their free trade drives in the region. This distraction is raising concerns for the timely launch of the much-awaited Single Market, scheduled for 2015.

14. ASEAN ECONOMIC COMMUNITY IS ON TRACK
September - October 2010
Rafidah Aziz, former International Trade Minister for Malaysia, discusses how the Asean Economic Community is On Track.

15. I SEE NO HOPE FOR BURMA
November - December 2010
Former U.S. ambassador to Thailand, Ralph L. (Skip) Boyce discusses his new role as President - Boeing Southeast Asia and reflects on developments in Thailand and Myanmar.

16. THE BLACK SHEP REMAINS BLACK
November - December 2010
Commission on Human Rights, or AICHR, came into existence at the 15th Summit in Cha-Am. Don’t try to follow the adage: Watch what they do, not what they say. For Asean, ‘looks’ still matter when it comes to the subject of human rights.

17. ASEAN SETS ITS OWN COURSE
January - February 2011
Noel Jones, Ph.D, looks at the coming of the Asean ready for the AEC? View Sample Economic Community in 2015 and how the member countries will adapt.

18. THE FUTURE OF INDONESIA-ASEAN RELATIONS
March - April 2011
Tulus Tambunan analyzes the complex Indonesia-Asean relationship and reaches some interesting conclusions.

19. HELPING THAILAND GO GLOBAL
May - June 2011
Thailand’s former foreign minister, Dr. Kantathi Suphamongkhon, details his foreign policy approach to making Thailand more visible on the world stage.


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