A revitalized Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has made democracy and the promotion of people-oriented organizations one of its key purposes.
The Preamble of the ASEAN Charter, which came into force in 2008, highlights the centrality of the region’s people in community building and opens with the phrase, ‘We, The Peoples of the Member States of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations’.
This paper seeks to locate and examine certain spaces within ASEAN and the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA) where other actors such as parliamentarians, civil society and the public sector could play a role and thus fulfil ASEAN’s democratic aspirations.
The ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly: History and Origins
Membership and Structure of AIPA
The Mandate and Functions of AIPA
Recognition and Complementarity between AIPA and ASEAN
Emergence of Parallel Regional Inter-Parliamentary-Civil Society Initiatives
The Role of AIPA in ASEAN Community Building: Future Directions and Policy Recommendations
Acronyms and Abbreviations
Appendix A: AIPA Member Countries
Appendix B: AIPMC Network