Saturday, 5 January 2013

ASEAN in 2012: Challenges, Success, and the Way Forwards

President Obama of the United States came to Phnom Penh, Cambodia, for 4th ASEAN-US Leaders' Meeting. His official visits to Thailand, Myanmar, and finally Cambodia, mark the importance of "Pivot to Asia" policy by the Washington. 

It seems that the issue of South China Sea became one of the global headlines for ASEAN in 2012 as written by most famous newspapers and journals, while, in fact, there are many priority issues for Cambodia’s chairmanship of ASEAN, which it had successfully addressed and we should not overlook. Indeed, ASEAN creditability and unity has been enhanced after Cambodia successfully hosted and chaired the 21st ASEAN Summit, the 4th ASEAN-US Leaders’ Meeting, and the 7th East Asian Summit in November 2012, which was also attended by President Barrack Obama of the United States, and other related summits. This strongly indicated that ASEAN continues to play bigger role in East Asian regionalism in the present time and in the years to come.