Kriengsak Chareonwongsak: Let Not the  Narrow Pride of Nations Usurp United Voice of Brotherhood

ASEAN Polity

Kriengsak Chareonwongsak: Let Not the Narrow Pride of Nations Usurp United Voice of Brotherhood

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) as a united force has to first focus on the bigger issues before pursuing narrow national interests. Former Thai Member of Parliament Prof Kriengsak Charoeonwongsak tells AWANI Review’s Zakiah Koya what it takes to make the regional grouping more effective and relevant.

Only when ASEAN countries understand that it should be "ASEAN first" and not "Thailand’s choice " or "Malaysia’s preference", will the regional political entity be able to project itself as an organisation that is strong and united in commitment. Thai scholar and politician Professor Kriengsak Chareonwongsak said that such a cohesiveness will also bring advantages to the countries on their own, especially when ASEAN's voice is heard loud globally on issues which affect the individual countries. I don’t think it is democratic enough in the UN at this current...

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