Vietnam Academy Of Social Sciences

ASEAN from association to community– outstanding issues and impact on Vietnam


Contacting Address: Social Science Publishing House; Institute for Southeast Asian Studies

ASEAN was founded on 8 August 1967 with the determination of targets for economic, cultural development, cooperation to promote social progress for peace and stability in the region. For over the past 40 years, although the world as well as the ASEAN countries must face a lot of unpredictable changes, the existence, maintenance and expansion of the Association with the formation and promotion of its own character showed the success of this incomparable regional cooperation organization. From the initializations, up to now ASEAN has developed strongly with the participation of 10 countries in the region. More importantly, the Association has had drastic changes in nature with the effective cooperation in various fields. Not only increase the depth links within the block, ASEAN block is also the subject to initialize a lot of initiatives and expand the cooperation in the region: ASEAN +3, EAS, ARF... Owning to that, the position of ASEAN is more and more appreciated in the region and internationally.

In addition to the preamble, conclusion, the book content is presented in 3 chapters. Chapter I: Evaluation on the formation and construction of ASEAN Community. This chapter mentions to the development of ASEAN - necessary premise of ASEAN Community (AC): ASEAN is a large regional cooperation organization in politics, economy, culture with the construction of principles, cooperation mechanisms inside and outside the region, ASEAN has established a network of international cooperation for external partners; Built ASEAN Community, deepened the regional integration and enhance the position of Southeast Asia. ASEAN Community - from thought to reality: ASEAN Economic Community, ASEAN political - security Community, ASEAN Cultural - social Community, the relationship between the three backbones of ASEAN Community. Strengthen, consolidate and develop the international cooperation in the construction of ASEAN Community.

Chapter II: Outstanding issues during the transition from the Association (ASEAN) to the Community (AC). Chapter 2 includes the contents: Accomplishment of model, institution, policy and organizational structure; Narrow the development gap in ASEAN - Extremely difficult task from now to 2020 of AC; The implementation of ASEAN Community in general, each community in particular still meets with a lot of difficulties and challenges; ASEAN Community continue to receive the support of the big countries (USA, China and Japan).

Chapter III: Prospects for implementation of ASEAN Community to 2020 and main impacts on Vietnam. With the contents: Prospects for implementation of ASEAN Community to 2020 - feasibility, operation implementation and set issues; Impact and reaction of Vietnam on the prospect for implementation of ASEAN Community.

The book is a useful reference for anyone who is interested in the issues of ASEAN and ASEAN Community.

                                                                                                                       Nguyen Thu Ha

Author :
  • Assoc.Prof. Dr. Nguyen Duy Dung (chief editor