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Cambodia's ASEAN Chairmanship 2022: Priorities and Challenges

On the occasion of the Kingdom of Cambodia taking over the ASEAN Chairmanship in 2022, KAS Cambodia and the Asian Vision Institute (AVI) have come together to look at the priorities and challenges that lie ahead. In 14 chapters some of the most renowned experts and researchers on the region reflect on the state of ASEAN and analyse the opportunities and difficulties the Cambodian Chairmanship may encounter. This book offers key insights for researchers, analyst, policy makers, advisers and practitioners in the field to ensure a successful Chairmanship.

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Section I: Introduction

  • Foreword

    A foreword to the "Cambodia's ASEAN Chairmanship in 2022: Priorities and Challenges" publication by Dr. Daniel Schmücking and H.E. Dr. Sok Siphana.

    by Daniel Schmücking, Sok Siphana

  • Notes on Contributors

    A list and short biographies of the contributors and authors of the "Cambodia's ASEAN Chairmanship in 2022" publication.

  • Introduction & Book Outline

    Here you will find the Introduction & Book Outline for the "Cambodia's ASEAN Chairmanship in 2022: Priorities and Challenges" publication.

Section II: ASEAN Community Building: Inside-Out Perspectives

  • ASEAN Community: A Vietnamese Perspective

    This chapter reflects on the journey of ASEAN Community building in the last 54 years and looks at the road ahead. It also examines Viet Nam’s accession to ASEAN as a critical milestone in the country’s regional and international integration and considers Viet Nam’s active contributions as a member of this regional endeavor.

    by Le Trung Kien

  • Brunei Darussalam as ASEAN’s 2021 Chair

    The second chapter looks back at the ASEAN Chairmanship held by Brunei in 2021. It reflects on the challenges caused by the South China Sea dispute, the Covid-19 pandemic, and the coup d’état in Myanmar. The authors also apply Tallberg’s work on the effect of chairs on institutional efficiency and distribution and Young’s typology of leaderships to ASEAN’s unique institutional features.

    by Mathew L. Bukit, Hannah Elyse Sworn

  • ASEAN Community- Building: An Outside-In Perspective

    In this chapter the ASEAN Community building efforts are examined from an outside-in per-spective and contrasted to the efforts of the European Union (EU). It also considers challenges and pitfalls for ASEAN’s Community building in the future.

    by Yeo Lay Hwee

Section III: ASEAN and External Relations

  • ASEAN-China Relations in the Age of “New Normal”

    This chapter aims to offer some insights on the priori¬ties for the 2022 Cambodia’s ASEAN chairmanship and the future of ASEAN-China relations based on taking stock of the 30-year ASEAN-China dialogue relations. It looks at the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and major power competition on ASEAN-China relations. It also explores the impact of the “new normal” on the relations.

    by Yang Yue

  • Japan's New ASEAN Policy under the Free and Open Indo-Pacific

    Its Continuities and Discontinuities from the Fukuda Doctrine and the Role of Cambodia

    This chapter examines Japan’s emerging ASEAN policy under the Free and Open Indo-Pacific (FOIP) vision by focusing on its continuities and discontinuities from the 1977 Fukuda doctrine, the guiding principles for Japan’s ASEAN policy from then. It provides policy proposals for Cambodia’s ASEAN Chair¬manship by focusing on Japan’s domestic rationales for its economic assistance to ASEAN and Cambodia during the FOIP era.

    by Toshiya Takahashi

  • ASEAN-US Relations during Joe Biden’s Presidency

    Prospects and Challenges

    The fourth chapter reflects on the evolution of ASEAN-US relations since 1977 before investigating Joe Biden’s foreign policy towards ASEAN. It considers the economic ties, as well as political-security and socio-political ties. It also offers policy recommendations for a successful ASEAN Chairmanship led by Cambodia.

    by Bong Chansambath

  • ASEAN-EU: Strategic Partners Finding Their Strategy

    In chapter seven the Strategic Partnership between ASEAN and the EU are analysed. The chapter looks at recent setbacks as well as potential economic and human development through connectivity in the future.

    by Carolin Löprich

  • The ASEAN Way Towards Conflict Management in the South China Sea

    The chapter discusses the implications of US-China competition on the geopolitical landscape in the South China Sea. It explores the ASEAN way of conflict management and resolution, and proposes some pathways towards the realisation of lasting peace in the South China Sea.

    by Chheang Vannarith

Section IV: Cambodia's Chairmanship: Priorities and Challenges

  • ASEAN’s Contribution to Regional Peace and Stability: A Cambodian Perspective

    Chapter nine takes an inside-out view to examine ASEAN’s contribution to stability and peace in the region. It reflects on the evolution of ASEAN into a determinant of regional security architecture but also the strains caused by the conflicts between national and collective interests.

    by Lim Hokseng

  • Cambodia’s ASEAN Chairmanship: Network of Innovative Villages for Regional Harmony and Prosperity

    This chapter emphasises the importance of rural villages in supporting regional de¬velopment, highlighting innovative villages of ASEAN member states. The chapter suggests that an innovative approach be established to promote vibrant rural village development across Southeast Asia, contributing to national development and regional integration.

    by Pheap Chakriya, Mey Mithona, Taing Kimleang, Sok Chansophea

  • ASEAN Digital Transformation

    In this chapter the digital transformation of ASEAN is examined. It provides an overview of the current state of digital transformation in ASEAN, highlighting recent trends and their impacts on digital services and adoption in the region, especially in mitigating the ramifications of the pandemic. The chapter also features policy recommendations for the Cambodian Chair to foster the benefits of digitalization.

    by Ouch Richard

  • A People-Oriented and People-Centred ASEAN Community

    A Cambodian Youth Perspective

    This chapter provides a Youth perspective on the ASEAN community and its future. It highlights the need to conceptualise a people-oriented and people-centered community and the role of youth diplomacy in ASEAN Community building.

    by Chhay Lim

  • Cultural Corridor and Tourism Development in Southeast Asia in the Post- COVID-19 Pandemic Era

    In this chapter the cultural corridor of ASEAN and the tourism development in Southeast Asia after the pandemic are investigated. Policy recommendations to promote ASEAN cultural linkage and tourism development are provided.

    by Nguonphan Pheakdey, Sok Serey

  • Opportunities,Challenges and Preparations for Cambodia’s ASEAN Chairmanship in 2022

    This chapter discusses the opportunities and challenges that Cambodia may face during its ASEAN Chairmanship in 2022. It also provides a key summary of Cambodia’s preparation in the fields of economic diplomacy, the Myanmar crisis, ASEAN Community building, the pandemic and China-US rivalry.

    by Lim Menghour, Soeung Rithypanha

Section V: Conclusion

  • Conclusion

    “Cambodia’s ASEAN Chairmanship in 2022: Priorities and Challenges” has given voice to diverse perspectives from policy advisers, scholars, researchers, investors, and practitioners to provide a better understanding of Cambodia’s ASEAN Chairmanship in 2022 to relevant stakeholders inside and outside the region as well as to the public. Cambodian policymakers can draw upon practical policy recommendations in this book to prepare for the Kingdom’s ASEAN Chairmanship and successfully host ASEAN Summits and related meetings next year.