This book examines the role of political leadership as a driver in the process of regional community-building in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the European Union (EU). It considers under which conditions political leadership constitutes a driver of regional community-building and reconceptualises the very idea of political leadership in order to examine its role in a regional context. The book concludes that a comprehensive approach that incorporates political will, the capacity of individual leaders, state capacity, legitimacy, and summitry yields a deeper understanding of political leadership in regional bodies.
Siti Darwinda Mohamed Pero is a senior lecturer at the School of International Studies, Universiti Utara Malaysia, Kedah, Malaysia. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Melbourne, Australia. Her current research focuses on comparative regional integration and non-traditional security with particular focus on cybersecurity and human security issues.