ASEAN: In or Out? No Way…Not yet?
- Tan Sri Munir Majid
- Content Type
- Commentary and Analysis
- LSE IDEAS
- While the close British decision to get out of the European Union was made in a referendum a while ago on 23 June, there is still the feeling in the UK: What have we done? Where do we go? How do we get there?
Questions that should have been asked at the referendum, rather than after it. But there you are. When raw emotion and shallow argument reign, profound decisions are made without proper reflection or preparation.
Since then the question has also been raised whether or not such a thing could occur in ASEAN, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. It won’t but then again it may.
First of all, let’s be clear. It is not likely there will ever be such a surplus of democracy in ASEAN, whether among individual member states or as a group, that there could be an ‘In or Out’ referendum like the one which resulted in Brexit.
- International Cooperation, International Affairs, Global Markets, Global Political Economy
- Political Geography
- Southeast Asia