Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Nguyen Phu Tan Huong & Nguyen Phuong Hong Ngoc

Under Singapore’s chairmanship, the tagline of a Resilient and Innovative ASEAN was created to realize the ASEAN Community Vision 2025 and maintain ASEAN’s centrality in a rapidly changing strategic landscape. It encompasses ASEAN’s goal to be united and determined against regional issues on all aspects of politics-security, economics and socio-culture; at the same time adaptive and creative to manage the opportunities and challenges that come with technological advancement. This article provides an insight into the reasons of Resilience and Innovation, while seeks to elaborate on the ASEAN Plan of Action to actualize the tagline. It also delivers an assessment on the potential implementation of the tagline and discusses Vietnam’s contributions to the ASEAN Smart Cities Network and digital economies. Overall, Singapore’s initiative of a Resilient and Innovative ASEAN is a welcoming effort that showcases ASEAN’s consensus, but whether it is actually feasible and effective remains to be seen. 

The fast changing situation on the Korean peninsula, including outcomes of the Trump - Kim Summit in June 2018, the third inter-Korean Summit in September 2018 and positive achievements of the ASEAN Community, has recently created an opportunity for ASEAN to play the role as a peacemaker to accelerate related parties negotiating to end the Korean War that is, technically, still going on. South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean counterpart Kim Jong-un, in the recent Summit, declared an “era of no war” and vowed to eradicate all military threats on the Korean Peninsula and establish permanent peace. However, a formal peace treaty is not yet actualized. This paper argues that ASEAN can seize the opportunity only if its unity and willingness to play a more active role in pursuing peace and prosperity on the Korean Peninsula are enhanced.

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