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The lesson from the UK-EU split should not be one of smugness, but that regional cooperation only exists thanks to citizens’ permission.
For decades the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) was judged as a pale imitator of the European Union.
ASEAN was weaker, enjoyed less support from its members, achieved less substantively and, at the most polemic, was nothing more than a captive of the inter-state power competition between its member states, while the EU was a decisive step away from such regressive practices.
Read ‘Brexit serves as a warning to ASEAN’ by Mathew Davies, published in New Mandala.