Diverse perspectives on the idea of ‘Indo-Pacific’ are resulting in a lack of clarity on this concept. As a framework, the Indo-Pacific seeks to create a connected multipolar Asia that must be governed by commonly agreed international norms, rules and practices.
More than 1,000 Southeast Asian experts worry about the region in 2019. The report by the Asean Studies Centre at ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute also finds that the majority of these thought leaders are losing confidence in the US’s reliability.
Tang Siew Mun, who is currently the head of the Asean Studies Centre, wrote a commentary entitled “Asean Must Unite to Keep the Asean-Australia Special Summit on Track”, which is unfortunately flawed and baseless.
In the face of a rapidly ageing population, Asean needs to further promote dialogue and knowledge sharing on the issue and develop common pathways that support effective and productive participation in old age, writes Chheang Vannarith.