The Asean Miracle: A Catalyst For Peace by Kishore MahbubaniThe Asean Miracle: A Catalyst For Peace by Kishore Mahbubani

The Asean Miracle: A Catalyst For Peace

byKishore Mahbubani, Jeffery Sng

Hardcover | July 15, 2017

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The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is a miracle. In an era of growing cultural pessimism, there is a pervasive belief that different civilizations cannot function together. Yet the ten countries of ASEAN are a thriving counter-example of coexistence. Here, more than 625 million people live together in peace.

In 1967, leaders from Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand struck a landmark agreement, forming ASEAN. They had realized that political and economic cooperation would bring greater stability and prosperity to the region. Fifty years and five additional countries later, the alliance has remained one of the world’s most successful collaborations. Kishore Mahbubani and Jeffery Sng explain how this partnership has benefited the ten member countries and why it should serve as a model for other regions of the world, challenging our assumptions about international cooperation. As the world turns to Asia and the United States and China jostle for dominance, the ASEAN region will have an undeniably powerful role in shaping our global systems. Mahbubani and Sng offer an important primer for understanding this immensely successful—and woefully underappreciated—regional organization.
Kishore Mahbubani is dean of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at National University of Singapore and author of The New Asian Hemisphere: The Irresistible Shift of Global Power to the East. Jeffery Sng is a writer and former diplomat based in Bangkok. He is the coauthor of A History of the Thai-Chinese.
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Title:The Asean Miracle: A Catalyst For PeaceFormat:HardcoverDimensions:286 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.1 inPublished:July 15, 2017Publisher:NUS Press Pte LtdLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Preface
 
Introduction
1. The Four Waves
The Indian Wave
The Chinese Wave
The Muslim Wave
The Western Wave
 
2. The ASEAN Ecosystem of Peace
First Factor: The Fear of Communism
Second Factor: The Role of Strong Leaders
Third Factor: Geopolitical Luck
Fourth Factor: Market-Oriented Economic Policies
Fifth Factor: ASEAN-Based Regional Networks
 
3.  ASEAN and the Great Powers
ASEAN and America
ASEAN and China
ASEAN and the EU
ASEAN and India
ASEAN and Japan
 
4. Pen Sketches
Brunei
Cambodia
Indonesia
Laos
Malaysia
Myanmar
The Philippines
Singapore
Thailand
Vietnam
 
5. ASEAN: Strengths and Weaknesses
Strengths
Weaknesses
Threats
Opportunities
Conclusion
 
6. ASEAN’s Peace Prize
Three Bold Recommendations
 
Bibliography
Index
 

Editorial Reviews

“Over the years, Mahbubani has been as eloquent and visionary as he has tireless in championing Asia’s growing role in world affairs. In this impressive volume, Mahbubani tells the story of Southeast Asia’s ascent and the often underappreciated role of ASEAN as a regional provider of peace and stability. As the book makes clear, it is an unfinished story—ASEAN is uniquely situated to work with regional and global great powers in the search for common ground, but ASEAN is also vulnerable to neglect and decline. In the end, Mahbubani offers a powerful argument for a new era of ASEAN leadership.”