The ASEAN Enhanced Disputes Settlement Mechanism (EDSM): Functional for Economic Growth or Protecting National Sovereignty?

Originally published on 30 Oct 2017 by Suraj Shah at the ASEAN Studies Center (Universitas Gadjah Mada) website. As the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) seeks to deepen regional economic integration, the Enhanced Dispute Settlement Mechanism must avoid politicisation to optimise successful integration and economic development in the region. Dispute Settlement Mechanisms (DSM) are fundamental features... Continue Reading →

EU’s Overseas Official Development Assistance to Vietnam

In 2018, the EU, together with its Member States, was the third-largest development assistance donors for Vietnam, with a total amount of €425 million (18.1% of all ODA disbursements). Among many things, the EU budget has particularly been instrumental in: installing/upgrading 395 health centres,immunising at least 97% of children under 1 year of age,expanding health... Continue Reading →

Sovereignty and Democracy in ASEAN

This is my response to Conceptualizing the Domestic Impact of Europe by Tanja A. Börzel and Thomas Risse (2003). Börzel and Risse address the fundamental question: ‘How do the member states influence the Europeanisation process, and how does the Europeanisation process influence them in return?’ The authors provide a comprehensive tool for understanding the dynamics... Continue Reading →

Cohesion Policy in ASEAN?

Representing over a third of the total budget, the European Union’s cohesion policy is a crucial instrument in narrowing the social and economic disparity between wealthy and less developed member states. Majority of the spending goes into promoting employment, education, and the ease of business in more needed parts of the Union. While net payers,... Continue Reading →

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