The heavy presence of police and armed military police from the airport to the city and at every major intersection for the ASEAN meeting sets the tone for how open and inclusive these meetings will be.
Changing ASEAN is still hopeful if and when change is made through reforms in member country, which includes electoral reforms that will give chances for democratically elected government to be installed.
Burma has open a small window of opportunity. Cambodia’s 2013 elections is another chance for change.
Free and fair elections is key and Sec. Clinton is expected to make the point in her statements.
Setting one stone at a time for democracy is not a far reaching thought.
For women to take the lead in ASEAN, much more is to be done.
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