Vol. IV / No. 2 | March 2023

Raneeta Mutiara (PhD Student at Graduate Studies Program, and Associate Faculty at School of Humanities and Behavioural Sciences, Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS))

The direction of the multilateral Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) seems to shift after the subsidence of Covid-19 pandemic, particularly due to the deterioration in China-United States (US) relationship, Russia-Ukraine war and political turmoil in Myanmar. The three ongoing circumstances were among the highlights of the current ASEAN political landscape. It appears that the time has come for ASEAN to recalibrate its organisational priority, especially with regards to its geopolitical role among the big powers vis-à-vis the need to tighten security measures to protect the inviolable sovereignty and territorial integrity of its members. Nonetheless, while it is important for ASEAN to monitor the external dynamics to protect its stability, it is imperative that the existing internal complications are triaged and tackled in order to build a strong regional core insusceptible to most predicaments.

Keywords: ASEAN, Southeast Asia, regionalism, interregional cooperation, stability