ASEAN has always been about making things work to attract foreign investment. But this defining model is confronting an increasingly disruptive external and internal landscape that could upend its continued success. After enjoying favorable economic tailwinds for several decades, Southeast Asia must demonstrate that it is able to navigate climate and geopolitical headwinds.
Trade is indispensable to fostering greater levels of global economic development. As the OECD has written, “No country has lifted itself out of poverty without international trade.” This category consolidates GTIPA-member reports assessing the intersection of trade and economic development.