"ASEAN Centrality: An Autoethnographic Account by a Philippine Diplomat guides us to a deeper understanding of the concept of ASEAN Centrality, through the eyes of one of the Philippines’ most reputable diplomats. Outlining both a personal recollection of her extensive experience and adherence to academic discipline, Ambassador Buensuceso puts forth her analysis of ASEAN Centrality as a core element of diplomacy within ASEAN. She then goes further to articulate ASEAN’s aspiration for the future of a region that is constantly evolving. This book is a must-read to understand Southeast Asia and the broader Indo-Pacific regional dynamics, as it offers an insight into ASEAN Centrality like no other."
-- Retno L.P. Marsudi, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia
"Ambassador Elizabeth P. Buensuceso’s book ASEAN Centrality: An Autoethnographic Account by a Philippine Diplomat is a rare insider’s view into ASEAN diplomacy as we practise it here in Jakarta. The dynamics in the ASEAN-led mechanisms that she describes provide an interesting insight into national interests, unique personal traits of diplomats based here in Jakarta both from member states and external partners and their interactions with the ASEAN Secretariat. The ASEAN Secretariat together with the officers and staff are also part of this important community of diplomats. Her valuable contribution to ASEAN literature is this practical definition of ASEAN Centrality. Her insights, expertise on ASEAN affairs, and straightforward but engaging writing style make for an interesting read."
About the Author \n \nAmbassador Elizabeth Buensuceso is the Philippine Eminent Person to the High Level Task Force on ASEAN Community’s Post-2025 Vision. She is a well-known and experienced Filipino diplomat, who has been with the Philippine Foreign Service for more than forty years and coordinated European and ASEAN Affairs. Her rich working experience includes such positions as Undersecretary (Vice Minister) in the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs for bilateral and ASEAN affairs and Philippine ASEAN SOM Leader. Ambassador Buensuceso was the Permanent Representative of the Philippines to ASEAN for over six years and the Philippine Representative to the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR). She was also Ambassador to Norway and Laos. She holds a Master of ASEAN Studies degree from the University of the Philippines and has various state awards. \n \n
Author: Elizabeth Buensuceso
No. of Pages : 204
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