Seyed Yasin Yasdi


Posted On September 21, 2015By hadzantonisIn 2015-sep-19, 2015-sep-19-asean

ASEAN: Purpose, Challenges, and Prospect

The Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) owes much of its creation and existence to ‘exogenous exigencies’ of the Cold War era and ‘endogenous motivations’ of regional integration and community building. The formation of the regional unity quintessentially rose from the shared concern and urgency towards resisting communist expansion and Soviet expansionism during the Cold War. The founding countries of ASEAN, namely Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand also sought to redefine the regional policies in the post-colonial era of the member countries. Furthermore, a burgeoning process ofRead More
Malaysia hosted the 48th foreign ministerial meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in August 2015. The foreign ministers from the U.S.A, Australia, Japan and India, were present at this meeting, concluding by releasing a communiqué, addressing a host of issues: from expressing support for a two-state solution in the Israel-Palestine conflict and the nuclear agreement between Iran and P5+1, to expressing concern in relation to human trafficking and trans-boundary haze pollution, to lambasting extremism in the Middle East. However, conspicuously evident became a shift in the member countryRead More
The ASEAN member states have been preparing for ASEAN integration as one economic community, to be effected by the end of 2015. With the economic integration of the entire Southeast Asia in prospect, concurrent calls have emerged for the integration of the two other pillars of ASEAN; the political-security community, and the socio-cultural community, which will contribute to a ‘one ASEAN’. Despite a veneer of likely materialization, hurdles and challenges render the optimism about socio-cultural and political-security integration unrealistic, at least for the near future.  Territorial disputes (e.g., between Malaysia andRead More
The Afro-Asian conference held in Bandung, Indonesia in 1955 represented a hallmark that characterized the relationship of newly independent Asian and African nations. At the heart of the conference appeared was a passion for economic and political interdependence that could trigger a strategic alliance among nations across the two continents. Five decades following (2005), 106 nations converged in Indonesia to establish the New Asian-African Strategic Partnership, reminiscent of the Asia-Africa synergy from the ‘Spirit of Bandung’ in 1955, but  with a greater focus on economic ties. Consequently, bilateral and multilateral synergiesRead More
In higher education, the powerhouse of progress human resource development signifies a focus on networking intra- and inter- regionally. Now comes ASEAN, a globally influential politico-economic player, which has brought on an urgent necessity for two macro-objectives: Harmonization of higher education policies at the ASEAN regional level Synchronization of ASEAN higher education with systems of education elsewhere or at other levels Higher education in ASEAN have  remained diverse. Lack of compatibility between the curricula, instructional practices, a language medium of instruction, and discrepancy between levels of academic and technological infrastructures presentRead More