The Jakarta Post – Yvette Tanama – December 12, 2022
JAKARTA – Operationalization remained ASEAN’s biggest challenge in actualizing its Outlook on the Indo-Pacific (AOIP), experts from across the region have said as hope prevails that the 10-nations group could actualize the much-needed document.
Deliberating possible solutions at the 13th General Conference of the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific (CSCAP) at the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta, panelists suggested that some tweaks to the document may prove useful to overcome the profound challenges if ASEAN wishes to actualize its vision.
“The [AOIP] requires a set of concrete, actionable plans of action. Something that we have not yet seen so far. Leaders should ask the ASEAN coordinating council to explore the development of an ASEAN road map for promoting an open Indo-Pacific,” Rizal Sukma, a senior researcher at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), said on Friday.