Spotlight on Publications: East-West Dialogue Discusses the U.S. Role in Fostering the ASEAN Economic Community

In the latest issue of the East-West Dialogue, How (and Why) the United States Should Help to Build the ASEAN Economic Community , EWC Senior Fellow Michael Plummer calls for ambitious new initiatives, leading to a U.S.-ASEAN Economic Space that would develop a framework for expanding FTAs and a U.S.-ASEAN Partnership Fund to deepen civic and cultural ties. These ideas are elaborated on in commentaries by Scot Marciel (U.S. Ambassador to ASEAN), Kishore Mahbubani (former Singaporean Ambassador to the UN), and Chalongphob Sussangkarn (former Thai Minister of Finance).

Plummer argues that ASEAN is so important to U.S. economic diplomacy that it deserves special attention. A successful ASEAN economy of 585 million people will strengthen, balance, and stabilize the economic architecture of the Asia Pacific region. The commentators agree the relationship is vital. They offer further suggestions and confirm that gains from a deeper partnership are mutual and that the region is receptive to U.S. initiatives.

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The commentaries in this East-West Dialogue issue (No. 2. September 2008) include:

  • ASEAN-U.S. COOPERATION IN BUILDING THE ASEAN ECONOMIC COMMUNITY, by Scot A. Marciel, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Southeast Asia and Ambassador for ASEAN Affairs

  • THE AMERICAN-ASEAN RELATIONSHIP, by Kishore Mahbubani, Dean, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore and former Ambassador to the United Nations from Singapore

  • REVITALIZING ASEAN COMPETITIVENESS, by Chalongphob Sussangkarn, Minister of Finance of Thailand (2007) and President, Thailand Development Research Institute (1996-2007)

East-West Dialogue , a project of the East-West Center, fosters discussion and debate of key issues in Asia-U.S. economic relations. The Dialogue seeks to develop and promote innovative policy, business, and civic initiatives to enhance this critical partnership.