Moving the AEC Beyond 2015: Managing Domestic Consensus for Community-Building

The ten Southeast Asian economies reached a milestone on 31 December 2015, when they announced the formation of an ASEAN Community. Although this includes three pillars – ASEAN Political-Security Community, ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) and the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community – it is the economic pillar that generates immense debate, due to its expected quantifiable benefits to member countries. This book focuses on the ASEAN Economic Community and seeks to explain the need for building domestic consensus within the member countries. It includes six country chapters – Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam – that examine sources of domestic conflict/s in greater detail and depth. Ex-Secretary General of ASEAN, Mr Rodolfo Severino, co-authored a regional chapter that highlights the political nature of ASEAN economic cooperation since its inception in 1976. For ASEAN beyond 2015, the book articulates the need to obtain a strong domestic consensus that supports the integration initiatives of the AEC. This can be viewed as a way forward to accelerate and deepen integration within ASEAN..

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