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Asean's quest for relevance, purpose

A calibrated attempt towards a limited pooling of sovereignties can help nudge regional integration in what was previously an endemically conflict-ridden region.

Regional integration will enable Asean to more effectively punch above its weight in a more competitive economic landscape.

DOES the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) matter anymore? This has been a longstanding question in the region of more than 600 million people since the end of the Cold War and the inclusion of Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam and Cambodia as member-states in the 1990s.

On Nov 20, 2007...

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