Asean Towards the 21st Century
A Thirty-year Review of the Association of Southeast
By Ranjit Gill
ASEAN Academic Press
254 pages, Illustrated, 5 3/4" x 8 3/4"
This book should be welcomed by any Asean observer and general reader both for
the book's rich information as a result of painstaking research as well as its
insight into many of the events and processes which led to where Asean is today.
His grasp of the issues in the regions history, particularly those in the political,
security, economic and cultural spheres, has led to this retrospective study
which could not have been written by anyone not familiar with developments in
this region. I welcome this book as a valuable contribution to the increasing
literature on current issues in Southeast Asia as the region emerges as a strong
and united force in Asia and in the world. I am certain that the book will also
be of great interest to readers outside the region for purposes of comparative
studies of experiences in regional co-operation. Indeed, the author has undertaken
a commendable task consonant with one of the original objectives of Asean stipulated
in the Asean Declaration of 1967 which is "to promote Southeast Asian studies".
-Dato' Ajit Singh, Secretary-General of Asean Jakarta, Indonesia
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