Advancing the Regional Commons in the New East Asia highlights a number of interests which members of ASEAN and Plus Three countries collectively recognize. This set of common interests includes not only economic development but also social development. Written by nationals in their respective countries, the different chapters in this volume highlights the different foundations for such common interests and these reflect the different constructive ways in which ASEAN and Plus Three countries come to see a multi-strand cooperative partnership.
The task of advancing the regional commons will involve efforts to recognise and nurture ASEAN’s and Plus Three’s common interests in terms of broad social development, managing regional security issues, the development of a regional infrastructure, and ensuring collective progress for all member countries. ASEAN becomes a community in 2015 and the idea of embracing, protecting, sustaining and advancing the regional commons become a vital process. Concurrently, APT has also realized that its contribution to the achieving goal of community and promoting regional commons is absolutely critical for both ASEAN and the Plus Three countries.
Academics will find in this volume a clear analytical treatment of issues which regional groupings are currently facing and this can provide the basis for a comparative analysis. This volume will also be of interest to students and the general public looking for a systematic introduction to the successful implementation of cooperative ventures and also an assessment of the new collaborative energies which shape this dynamic region.
1. Introduction: Advancing the Regional Commons in the New East Asia Siriporn Wajjwalku, Kong Chong Ho and Osamu Yoshida 2. ASEAN and Food Security: A Critical Path for Regional Integration Siriporn Wajjwalku 3. Illicit Drugs as a Human Security Threat in East Asia Zarina Othman and Nor Azizan Idris 4. Regional Mobility from East Asia to Southeast Asia: The Case of Education and Retirement Migration Hyung Jun Kim and Leng Leng Thang 5. Transnational Migration in East Asia: the Evolving Migration Policy in South Korea and Its Implications Pan Suk Kim and Heung Ju Kim 6. Regional Cooperation in Education in ASEAN and East Asia: Past, Present and Future Azmi Mat Akhir 7. ASEAN and APT Regionalization and Economic Development Nguyen Hong Son and Nguyen Anh Thu 8. Energy Security in ASEAN and ASEAN Plus Three: Cooperation through Trans-ASEAN Gas Pipeline (TAGP) Harit Intakanok 8. ASEAN Cooperation on Marine Environment Soparatana Jarusombat
East Asia is a region of great dynamism in the world due to two major elements: the economic growth of emerging countries including China; and the time-consuming efforts of promoting regional cooperation as we see in the activities of ASEAN. This book Advancing the Regional Commons in the New East Asia is a product of cooperation among the academic members of Asean Plus Three (APT), specifically the members of the Community of East Asian Scholars. As demonstrated well in the combination of co-editors coming from Thailand, Singapore and Japan, intellectuals in the region cooperate with each other to tackle regional key issues and challenges, including food security, energy security, the problem of illicit drugs, transnational migration in education and retirement, the cross-national scheme of education in the region, and ASEAN cooperation on marine environment. This book will provide readers with many suggestions and hints in prospecting the future of New East Asia in the era of APT.
Akira Suehiro, Professor of the University of Tokyo.
Written by top indigenous scholars from East Asia, this book is a good antidote to one-dimensional interpretation of East Asia as a turbulent and dangerous region driven primarily by great power politics. This is a "must read" book for all who are interested in ASEAN, APT and East Asian regionalism.
Lam Peng Er, Senior Research fellow, East Asian Institute, Natioanl University of Singapore