The establishment in 2015 of the ASEAN Community, and its subsequent development, will certainly affect the future course of overall regional cooperation beyond current ASEAN members. Designs for a future East Asia Community have been repeatedly discussed in the region; therefore, a sound and smooth integration and operations of the ASEAN Community is important not only for its members but for all countries in Asia, including Japan.
The establishment of common identities, first within ASEAN countries and then with its neighbours, is a challenge. A regional community beyond nation–states can be built and sustained only with broad support from the population. While deepening socio-economic ties among nations may help build such common identity, ASEAN and Dialogue countries also need a well-planned, consistent, articulate set of policies to foster a sense of belonging to the same community.
The Symposium Building ASEAN Identity on a Transnational Dimension addresses the need for such in-depth discussion on ASEAN identity as one of the foundations for East Asia Community. Experts from ASEAN and the Dialogue Partners (Australia, China, the EU, India, Japan, Republic of Korea, New Zealand, Russia and the United States) will present papers, and the audience (including academics, diplomats, and representatives of civil society, the private sector and the media) is invited to comment and ask questions.
The aim of the symposium, organized by the UNU Institute for Sustainability and Peace and supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, is to investigate and understand the way in which cultural characteristics in South-East Asia were established and developed, and to reveal linkages between local and transnational dimensions. It will attempt to debate both points of difference and aspects of similarity, so as to address how the evolution of cultures, religious ethics and social education can build elements of a fundamental nation-ology (a scientific background to understand national identities in ASEAN countries as a pre-requisite for forming an integrated ASEAN community).
The symposium is open to the public, but advance registration is required. Simultaneous Japanese–English interpretation will be provided.
For those unable to attend, the symposium will be webcast live on the UNU Video Portal.
For more information, please visit the event announcement UNU-ISP website.
If you are interested in attending this event, please register using the link at the top of this page.
U Thant International Conference Hall (3F)
United Nations University
Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-8925