Can ASEAN Lead Asian Integration with His Excellency Surin Pitsuwan, Secretary General, ASEAN
With His Excellency Surin Pitsuwan, Secretary General, ASEAN
The Citi Series on Distinguished Asian Leaders
Through regional arrangements, such as the recently established East Asia Free Trade Area (EAFTA) and a Comprehensive Economic Partnership, ASEAN is expecting to reach economic integration by 2015.<br><br>As ASEAN works toward its own deeper economic integration, can it also lead Asian integration? How much does ASEAN's significance depend on the growing US-Chinese rivalry for influence in the region? What role will be played by larger groupings like the so-called ASEAN + 3? What do persistent differences on trade issues say about each country's willingness to compromise its own national interests? And finally, what practical impact has last year's creation of ASEAN's Commission on Human Rights had on improving human rights in the area?
Please join His Excellency Surin Pitsuwan, Secretary General, ASEAN in a discussion with with Vishakha N. Desai, President, Asia Society on these and other relevant issues. A light breakfast will be served.
Schedule:<br><br>8:00'8:30 am: Registration and Breakfast<br />8:30'9:30 am: Program