ASEAN and Conflict Management: The Need for a High Council
This year the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) will formally establish the ASEAN Community, which is set to enhance regional community building among its member states. Ramses Amer makes the case that more than ever the formal establishment of the High Council of the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in Southeast Asia (TAC) is essential if the Association is to enhance its conflict management mechanisms. Failure to do so will represent a continued shortcoming in the ASEAN framework for regional collaboration.
Amending Japan’s Pacifist Constitution
Summary Japan’s 1947 constitution has lasted longer without amendment than any other constitution in the world. It has been called the “pacifist constitution” because of Article 9’s renunciation of war. […]