ASEAN bukanlah satu-satunya, dan bukanlah upaya pertama negara-negara kawasan Asia Tenggara untuk melakukan integrasi regional.
I saw this interesting question on the website Quora, and I decided to answer the question myself. Here is my take.
The following essay is from an entry that I made for an essay-presentation competition with the above topic. Therefore, all footnotes are retained.
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and European Union (EU) are both ‘the best of both worlds’, in the same respect. Both are regional cooperation organizations, which operate in two different regions that have two very distinct characteristics. In international politics, both are often compared and contrasted for the same reason above.
By being the older – while also considering the developed vs. developing condition – one may ask, will the EU be a good model for ASEAN? Facing the same question, I’ll answer: no. And there are reasons why.