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New Challenges for ASEAN

Emerging Policy Issues

New Challenges for ASEAN examines some of the most important policy issues confronting Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) governments. These include the degradation of the maritime and urban environments, new strains on inter-ethnic relations, domestic and international pressures to ensure the protection of human rights, growing barriers to trade with the outside world, and security concerns arising from a changing regional balance of power. The responses of the ASEAN governments to these challenges, at domestic, regional and international levels, are critically examined by a group of experts with longstanding interest in Southeast Asian affairs.

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Introduction: New Policy Challenges

1. Transboundary Ocean and Atmospheric Pollution in Southeast Asia: Prospects for Regional Cooperation / Ian Townsend-Gault, David VanderZwaag, and Robert Adamson

2. Managing the Environment in ASEAN: The Case of Extended Urban Regions / Douglas Webster

3. Managing Multicultural Societies: The Status of Minority Groups in Singapore, Malaysia, and Thailand / Jean DeBernardi and Christopher Tarnowski

4. Human Rights in ASEAN States: A Canadian Policy Perspective / Diane K. Mauzy and R.S. Milne

5. ASEAN Policy Responses to North American and European Trading Agreements / Gordon P. Means

6. ASEAN and Asia-Pacific Multilateralism: Managing Regional Security / Amitav Acharya

Statistical Appendix / J.D. Kenneth Boutin



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