Mapping ASEAN: Achieving Peace, Prosperity, and Sustainability in Southeast Asia

Mapping ASEAN: Achieving Peace, Prosperity, and Sustainability in Southeast Asia

by David Carden


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For half a century, ten dynamic nations in Southeast Asia have been implementing a shared vision of economic growth, sustainable development, and cultural progress. Today, the economies of those nations are linked inextricably with the future of greater Asia as well as with the United States and the other Western countries. With authoritarianism and protectionism on the rise around the world and the catastrophic effects of global warming making action urgent, the nations that form the Association of Southeast Asia Nations are more relevant and under greater political and social stress than ever.

In these illuminating pages, David Carden, the first American resident ambassador to ASEAN, paints a vivid portrait of the regional and global cooperation required to meet today, and interconnected future. Carden takes us behind the scenes as the leaders of these ten nations work to prepare their countries and their region for the 21st century. Carden persuasively argues that the unfolding story of the ASEAN nations is a story for the entire worldthat we are all increasingly interdependent and confronted with the existential need to solve the same set of challenges.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780253045768
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publication date: 09/10/2019
Pages: 296
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

David. L. Carden was the first resident US ambassador to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. The approach taken by the US Mission to ASEAN under his leadership was based on understanding, promoting, and protecting the human and natural systems upon which the region depends and earned him the US Department of State's Superior Honor award. A former partner at the international law firm Jones Day, Carden also serves as the chairman of the advisory board for the Center for Rural Engagement at Indiana University, where he continues his work with communities to research and implement evidence-based, scalable solutions to the challenges they face.

Table of Contents

Preface vii

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction: ASEAN's Goals 1

1 Pivoting to Asia 18

2 Defining ASEAN's Goals 32

3 Financial Capital 44

4 A Systems Approach to Achieving ASEAN's Goals 59

5 People, Data, and Information 72

6 Institutions, Governance, and Rule of Law 84

7 Positioning ASEAN's Economy for Success 94

8 Climate Change and the Environment 116

9 Public Health and Disease 141

10 China and the South China Sea 154

11 ASEAN's Cities 175

12 Four Freedoms 188

13 The Role of the Private Sector 209

14 A New Diplomacy 221

Conclusion 229

Epilogue 233

Notes 239

Index 269

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