Joshua Bernard B. Espeña & Don McLain Gill

Indonesia and Vietnam: The Quest for ASEAN Leadership

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte poses for a photo with the foreign ministers from participating countries in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Foreign Ministers Meeting during its closing ceremony at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City, Metro Manila on August 8, 2017., Presidential Communications Operations Office, Philippines, public domain, modified, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:ASEAN_50th_Anniversary.jpg

ASEAN leadership has never been a straightforward proposition, but the COVID-19 pandemic and China’s increasing assertiveness in the South China Sea are making it even more geopolitically fraught.

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