facebook youtube blog instargram


ASEAN-Korea Centre

Organization Activities News & Media Resources

News & Media

Does ASEAN Really Matter to Korea?

No.PR/19-35Date11 November 2019
ContactProgram Inquiries: Kim Yong-hee, Program Officer, IDU (+82-2-2287-1194, yhkim@aseankorea.org)
Press Inquiries: Cho Ah-ra, PR Officer, IDU (+82-2-2287-1118, ahracho@aseankorea.org)
ASEAN-Korea Centre is an International Organization mandated to promote economic and socio-cultural cooperation between ASEAN Member States and Korea.

Does ASEAN Really Matter to Korea?

- ASEAN-Korea Centre publishes Korean translation of “Does ASEAN Matter” by Dr. Marty Natalegawa, former Foreign Minister of Indonesia -

- Book Launching Ceremony to be held at the ASEAN-Korea Centre on November 12 -

Korean translation of the book Does ASEAN Matter by Dr. Marty Natalegawa, former Foreign Minister of Indonesia, will be published in Korea on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of dialogue relations of ASEAN and the Republic of Korea.

The book provides an inside view of ASEAN's development over the years as it evolved from an association of Southeast Asian nations into a Community in 2015 from the perspective of the author, a career diplomat who served as Foreign Minister and Permanent Representative to the United Nations of Indonesia. The book highlights the diplomatic efforts, including those behind the scenes, that were made to overcome challenges, promote dialogues, and strengthen confidence in order to secure ASEAN’s importance and relevance in the international arena. The book also identifies the challenges facing ASEAN in today’s complex and uncertain political and economic environment and emphasizes the significance of the strategic partnership between ASEAN and Korea in maintaining ASEAN’s relevance in this region and beyond.

Lee Hyuk, Secretary General of the ASEAN-Korea Centre said, “Does ASEAN Matter? suggests the way forward for ASEAN, Korea and the global community based on the experience and insight of a highly skilled diplomat who has been deeply engaged in advancing ASEAN’s profile and capacity in both this region and the world. As more people are gaining interest in ASEAN under the New Southern Policy, I hope the publication of the Korean translation of this book will provide a timely opportunity for Koreans to better understand ASEAN and reflect upon ASEAN’s importance as Korea’s partner today and in the future.”

The publication of this translation is part of the series of publications on ASEAN, including the book published by the Korean National Diplomatic Academy early this month and Professor Park Bun Soon’s Rise of ASEAN, to promote public interest and awareness of ASEAN and ASEAN-Korea partnership in the lead up to the 2019 ASEAN-ROK Commemorative Summit and the Mekong-ROK Summit. The book launching ceremony for the Korean edition of Does ASEAN Matter will be held at the ASEAN-Korea Centre at 6:30 pm on November 12, 2019.

About the Author

Dr Raden Mohammad Marty Muliana Natalegawa served as Foreign Minister of the Republic of Indonesia between 2009 and 2014. He currently, inter alia, serves as a member of the UN Secretary-General’s High Level Advisory Board of Mediation. He began his career with the Department of Foreign Affairs in 1986. He served at the Permanent Mission of Indonesia to the UN in New York (1994-99); as Director for International Organizations (2001-2); concurrently Chief of Staff of the Office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Director General for ASEAN Cooperation, and Spokesperson of the Department of Foreign Affairs (2002-5); Ambassador to the Court of St. James’s and also to Ireland (2005-7); and Permanent Representative of Indonesia to the UN in New York (2007-9), including, among others, serving as President of the Security Council in November 2007. Dr. Natalegawa has been instrumental in shaping Indonesia’s Policies on ASEAN, including the seminal ASEAN Community, as well as Indonesia’s multilateral diplomacy within the United Nations.


- Press Release file

Cambodia and Korea to promote tourism through digital marketing ASEAN Biotechnology experts to explore cooperation in Korea